Chris Taylor had a dream season in 2017. He started the year in the minor leagues, but was called up on April 19th. He never looked back after the call-up, solidifying himself as a key part of the Dodgers’ lineup. Taylor finished the season with a .288/.354/.496 line with 21 home runs, 34 doubles, and 5 triples. He blew just about every previous career-high out of the water in 2017.
Taylor recently sat down with David Vassegh on AM570 via phone to discuss his breakout year. When asked about if he’s reflected on his season, Taylor had this to say:
It’s been pretty cool, having an opportunity to reflect on the year I had. Coming back to my hometown and seeing the reaction of my friends and family and how excited they are for me is really cool. Just letting it all soak in a little bit. But at the same time I’m definitely motivated for next year, trying to get ready. That bitter taste we had in game seven, you know a little feel for the offseason work that all of us are gonna put in to get ready. Try to come out on top next year.
Vassegh also asked Taylor if he thinks he’ll ever get over the game seven loss.
No, I don’t that’s ever something I’ll get over. Hopefully we’ll get back there and be on the winning end soon. I think that’s the only way to get over it.
Taylor also commented on his roommate, fellow breakout star Cody Bellinger.
It was awesome. Just to see how the year started for both of us, in AAA. Not where either of us wanted to be, but we both got an opportunity really early and we both capitalized. Going from living together in Oklahoma City to living together in LA, and eventually playing at the highest stage in the World Series. Both of us had really good years. You know, I knew all along how good Cody was gonna be but I didn’t know how quick it was gonna happen. Fortunately he got the opportunity and he just ran with it. It was so awesome to watch all his success and every he did this year.
You can hear the full interview here. Chris looks to continue his tremendous play in 2018. The 27-year old will be a key part of a Dodgers’ team that will try to make it back to the World Series and win it all this time.