There is no question that the Dodgers have assembled a team capable of winning the 2020 World Series. Recent additions of David Price, Mookie Betts, Blake Treinen, and Brusdar Graterol have most experts predicting them to be the favorite if the season ever gets going. But that’s the key, when does the season start?
The Dodgers have already started to issue refunds and credits to fans for March and April games, signaling the start of cancellations in MLB. If the season is going to happen, it’s likely that it’s going to be drastically different than what we have been used to. That doesn’t phase manager Dave Roberts though, who insisted to USA Today that no one will question the validity of a title in 2020.
There will be no asterisk. When you look at all of the hurdles, keeping your team together emotionally, and what your players have to do differently to prepare for this season, you can argue it would mean more than going through the duration and grind of an eight-month season.
That may be so, as this new season is bound to bring plenty of challenges to players. Not only are games likely to be played without fans, but the possibility of stacked double-headers looms as well. Imagine the physical toll that would take on a player trying to squeeze in a full season. Regardless, the Dodgers’ skipper thinks it would be just as satisfying to win it all this year.
To get to the finish line, and be the last team standing holding that trophy, and knowing what you had to go through to get there, would be as satisfying as any World Series championship.
And if the Dodgers are going to bring a title back to Los Angeles, this would be the year to do so. There are several players slated to become free agents after 2020, so the time to strike would be now.
What are your opinions on the validity of a title in 2020? Will you fully appreciate the trophy should the Dodgers won it all in this strange year?