Remember when the Astros cheated their way to and through a World Series championship in 2017? Of course you do! The Dodgers and Yankees are among the teams and fan bases that were robbed of fair competition that season and will never forget. However, the Dodgers have at least come away with a championship since then.
In discussing the 2020 World Series title this week, Dodgers president Stan Kasten was asked if the sting of that ’17 loss was lessened with the win last year.
“No,” Kasten said laughing. “But we never think about the past — we can’t worry about the past — and right now, we’re not worried about ’20. Our focus is on ’21 and winning again. We’re focused on winning every year. We have fans and media that have supported us, continue to support us and that’s what they deserve from us. So we’re working hard just looking forward, but we’re awfully proud of what our players accomplished in ’20.
MLB Network’s Chris “Mad Dog” Russo doing his job to try to stir the pot for sure in the question, but Kasten responded with the right answer. The focus for the front office should always be on what’s next and not resting on their laurels of a 2020 championship.
Importantly, the Dodgers have done just that.
Since October 27, 2020, the club has been successful in improving upon a bullpen that led the National League in ERA last season. With the addition of former NL All-Star closer Corey Knebel, the re-signing of Blake Treinen, and the fliers taken on once dominant relievers Brandon Morrow and Tommy Kahnle, Los Angeles boasts one of the top bullpens in the league. At least on paper.
Moreover, don’t be surprised to see the likely return of All-Star third baseman Justin Turner in the next few weeks filling out a team that’s already the favorite to win it all in 2021.
During this eight-year run of division titles, the Dodgers have seldom if ever looked back at what could have been while seemingly always looking to improve for the next title run. And even after their first championship in 32 seasons, they stick with the game plan. Don’t look back, look at what’s next.