Dodgers owner Magic Johson knows a thing or two about winning championships. After all, he won five of them with the Lakers in his Hall of Fame career. So when he talks about what it takes to build a winning team, you had better listen up.
Magic made an appearance at the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation virtual event this past week. The event aimed to raise money for those hit hard by the pandemic in Los Angeles. At the virtual event, Magic talked about the decision to bring Trevor Bauer on board.
For Magic, adding Bauer to the Dodgers brings an element that they were missing after winning it all last season. He brings a hungry player who is eager to win a championship, not letting Los Angeles settle for just one in 2020.
When you go to repeat, you need somebody new to keep everybody on edge. Somebody who hasn’t won a championship. So Trevor’s job is to keep everybody on edge and make sure they’re doing their job like he’s going to do his job. And we got some great leaders in the clubhouse. … Trevor, all you got to do is just do your part because we got everybody else doing their part. That’s how we won last season, and that’s how we’re gonna win this season as well.
While I can’t speak to the effect that having Bauer on the team will actually have, Magic is right about one thing. Trevor Bauer has yet to win a World Series in his career. Whether that plays a role with the Dodgers moving forward is anyone’s guess.
Notably, Bauer was very straightforward when he admitted he was tired of losing or finishing in second place. He lost the World Series with the Indians in 2016, and he lost the 2010 College World Series with the UCLA Bruins. If all goes according to plan, he won’t ever have to see second place with the Dodgers.
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