With a victory in tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Dodgers would punch their ticket to the NLDS for an eighth consecutive season. But while that accomplishment definitely requires some celebration, it could also be a bittersweet moment for some fans and players alike.
The remaining rounds of this year’s National League postseason will be played in Houston and Arlington, regardless of who advances. That being said, tonight could be the final game that the Dodgers play at home in 2020… meaning that this could also be the last game at Dodger Stadium for a few long-time Dodgers.
Several players have contracts that are set to expire once the season concludes, including fan favorites like Justin Turner and Enrique Hernández. Below is the full list of players who will be free agents the day after the World Series.
Dodgers 2021 Free Agents
- Justin Turner
- Joc Pederson
- Enrique Hernández
- Alex Wood
- Pedro Báez
- Blake Treinen
- Jake McGee
Without a doubt, the losses that will be felt the most would be Turner, Hernández, and Pederson. Regardless of their 2020 production, these three have been an extremely important piece of the LA roster for years and will always be remembered fondly by fans.
This isn’t to say that each of these individuals will definitely be gone after this season. A player like Justin Turner will almost definitely be offered a deal to come back. But at the end of the day, baseball is still a business and money will factor into the decisions made by the front office over the winter.
So on the chance that Thursday night is the final time we get to see these three at Chavez Ravine in Dodger blue, let’s all take a moment to appreciate everything that they’ve brought to this team and this city.
Justin Turner’s Dodgers Highlights
From his first hit with the Dodgers to the biggest one of his career, these are only a few of the moments from his time in LA that have made him a Dodger great.
Kíké Hernández’s Dodgers Highlights
Hernández has been the Dodgers’ do-it-all guy since 2015 and has been a clubhouse favorite along the way. From spectacular defensive plays to one of the best offensive games of his life, here are a few memories from his time in Dodger blue.
Joc Pederson’s Dodgers Highlights
Say what you want about Pederson’s lack of consistency, but he has been a Dodgers sparkplug in October. His timely home runs and infectious energy have helped the Dodgers when it matters most, and his time in LA has been filled with amazing memories.
These three guys in particular, along with a special shoutout to Pedro Báez, have been instrumental during this incredible run of success Dodgers fans have been enjoying this past decade. Whatever happens beyond the World Series, we can always be eternally grateful for their service in blue.