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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Praises ‘Unselfish’ Chris Taylor



2021 has been a season of change for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Not only did the team lose key long-time contributors with the departures of Joc Pederson and Enrique Hernandez, but a rash of injuries has left the club reliant on underperforming rookies and imported veterans to fill time around the diamond. 

But one utility stalwart is still around and, quite possibly, better than ever.

The always stoic Chris Taylor has been an underrated star for the Dodgers this season. While he’s absolutely not getting the love he deserves around the league, manager Dave Roberts shared his praise of the 30-year-old.

He plays every at-bat like it’s his last. The production, what he’s doing, is no surprise to me. He’s a ‘glue’ guy. He makes my job a lot easier and gives a lot of other guys, his teammates, runways and other opportunities because of his versatility and unselfishness.

In a team filled with mostly unselfish players, CT3 stands out in his own category. Despite battling through some nagging injuries at various points this year, Taylor has still balled out while posting a .288 average with a .922 OPS, 5 home runs, and 18 runs batted in over 38 games. However, most importantly, while he’s still started all around the field, he’s filled the void left in center field by the injured Cody Bellinger.

“When he’s in there,” Roberts added, “you just always expect something good to happen. And [for him to] impact the game, whether it’s on the defensive side or in the batter’s box.”

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A perfect example of that last point came on Wednesday night when Taylor 0-3 but added a pair of key plays on defense in a 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks. 

He may be a quiet boy. He may be under the radar around baseball. But he also might be the most important piece on the Dodgers in 2021.

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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    • Unlike Joc and Kike who wanted to play everyday, CT is a glue guy and happy to be a World Champion! I don’t see him leaving the Dodgers – ever! They’ll pay him more to stay when the back to back celebration is over this fall 🙂

  1. Regardless if his numbers are not mind-boggling, he IS the MVP of the Dodgers. He’ s a hard- nosed blue collar ball player that goes out there day In day out, playing w/ injuries and no complaints of where he plays or where he bats in the order. That’s a real baseball player that plays any place any day when called upon. His focus on every pitch, every out, and every game is awesome.

  2. I LOVE CT3 2!!!
    SWEAR IM A THE ‘”3″‘ IN MY FAMILIES TEAM!!!
    &&& ITS FACTS EVEN BEING HURT CHRIS TAYLOR IS STILL BRINGING ALL OF THE BOYS HOME!!! HE MIGHT BE A QUITE MAN, BUT IT’S ALL FOR STRATEGIES!!! BUT DON’T LET THAT FOUL U HAVE U SEEN A HARD HIT HITTING ON CHRIS TAYLOR HE CAN CRUSH A HIT ON A HOME RUN HE MIGHT BE A SMALL MAJOR LEGEND!!! BUT GREAT THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES AND ULL BE FOULED HOW FAST WE OVERCOME ARE FLAWS!!!! LIKE ANOTHER TRUE DODGERS BLUE BLEEDING BLUE FAN DISCUSSED HE IS OUT THEIR PUTTING IN WORK FOR THE DODGER’S WITH NO COMPLAINTS, HE IS THE MVP WHEN THEY WIN THE WORLD SERIES AGAIN THIS YEAR I BELIEVE!!! HE’S A TRUE BASEBALL LEGEND WHO WILL 4 3V3R MAKES ITS # MARK CT3!!!

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