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Dodgers: Tommy Kahnle Thinks Los Angeles is Going Back-to-Back in 2021

The Dodgers newest reliever is already saying all of the right things.



The Dodgers signing Tommy Kahnle to a 2-year deal might be one of the more underrated moves this offseason. Kahnle likely won’t pitch in 2021 as he continues to rehab from Tommy John surgery, but his value beyond that could be huge. 

Between 2016 and 2019, Kahnle put up some wild numbers for the White Sox and Yankees. in 194 appearances, he struck out more than 12 batters per 9 innings and had a FIP right around 3. The Dodgers scooped him up on a 2-year deal that pays him out a total of $5.25 million. 

While not many Dodgers fans have got the chance to know him yet, Kahnle is quite the personality. His interviews while in New York are worth the time on YouTube when you have some free time. Kahnle also has a Twitch channel where he often interacts with fans while playing games. In a recent stream, one fan asked him who he thought would win the World Series. 

I mean, what kind of question is that man? You know the deal. Obviously, the answer is the Doyers. The Dodgers baby. The Dodgers.

Obviously, any player is going to insist that their team is going to win the World Series. Especially when you’re brand new to a team and won’t pitch this year. But Dodgers fans in the chat loved the answer, and we love the confidence. 

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Kahnle has said within the last couple of weeks that he is hoping to pitch for the Dodgers in 2021. Given the timeline of his TJ surgery and the typical recovery period, that would seem unlikely. But if Los Angeles does make a postseason run, it wouldn’t be entirely impossible. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. The 2020 team has their ring so the monkey is off their back. They have to have a few new players who haven’t won anything yet to give everybody incentive for a ring in 2021

  2. Don’t need anybody to tell me My dodgers will repeat.Dodgers are favorites without signing any starter or right handed hitter either. He’ll they should have won at least 5 titles in last 8 years but hiring inexperienced managers kept us winning division titles only. Finally roberts is learning not to go by stupid sibermetrics.Finally giving up on kenley letting Urias close out the Rays with only 2 days rest closing out the braves pitching three perfect innings.I expect Roberts to let Julio loose let him pitch at least 100 pitches per game and let Barnes be his catcher too .Dodgers will win 5 more World Series titles at least in next 10 years but shoul be 7.Cause nobody has 3 MVP Candidates in their lineup with 5 players capable of hitting 40 or more hrs.

  3. The fact is no team has repeated in over 3 decades.
    Without right handed hitting, and reliable relief I am not so sure the can.
    They barely got past the braves last year.

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