While the Dodgers will not be playing in the World Series for the first time in three years, there will be some familiar faces competing. Five former Dodgers players will be suiting up in this year’s Fall Classic, albeit in different colors. The Nationals will be rolling out with Howie Kendrick and Brian Dozier while the Astros have Zack Greinke, Josh Reddick, and Yordan Alvarez.
Kendrick, who ripped out the hearts of Dodger fans in game five of the NLDS with his grand slam, continued his hot streak in the NLCS. He went 5-for-15 with four RBI and four runs in the Nats’ sweep of the Cardinals, earning him the honor of NLCS MVP. He was with the Dodgers from 2015-2016 before he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Dodgers acquired Brian Dozier at the 2018 trade deadline in exchange for Logan Forsythe and minor league prospects Devin Smeltzer and Luke Raley. Dozier didn’t do much in LA, hitting .182 with five home runs and 20 RBI over 47 regular season games. He disappeared in October going 2-for-16 in the postseason. Dozier ended up signing with Washington last offseason, where he hit .238 with 20 home runs and 50 RBI. He has yet to get a hit in six at-bats this postseason. Regardless, he now has a second opportunity to get a ring.
Zack Greinke was once a part of one of baseball’s best one-two punches along with Clayton Kershaw from 2013-2015. Remember the time he shoulder checked Carlos Quentin when he charged the mound? Those were the good old days. They were short-lived however, as Greinke would go on to sign with the Diamondbacks in 2016.
He would later open up about his social anxiety and how it affected him while playing in a market as big as LA. Greinke was traded to Houston before the deadline this season, remaining consistent throughout the regular season as he went 18-5 with a 2.93 ERA and 187 strikeouts. He struggled in both of his starts in the ALCS, but pitching behind Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander should take a lot of pressure off of Greinke’s shoulders.
Josh Reddick, similar to Dozier, was a rental for the Dodgers in 2016. They acquired him along with Rich Hill from Oakland in exchange for Jharel Cotton, Frankie Montas, and Grant Holmes. He struggled with LA, going for .258/.307/.335 and two home runs. Although he was solid in the postseason that year, the Dodgers decided not to re-sign Reddick, and he ultimately signed with the Astros. He won a ring with Houston after beating the Dodgers in 2017, and he did not mince words when asked about his tenure as a Dodger.
He goes into this World Series averaging .136 with one home run in the postseason.
I’m still jacked up! Wooooo!
— Mr. Irrelevant (@RealJoshReddick) October 20, 2019
Yordan Alvarez never actually suited up for the Dodgers. He was traded to Houston for Josh Fields less than two months after signing as a non-drafted free agent out of Cuba. Alvarez became one of the top prospects in baseball as he tore through the minor leagues. He made his major league debut on June 9 of this year, and has wasted no time showing that he belonged by hitting .313 with 27 home runs and 78 RBI. The 22-year-old rookie has struggled in the October though, going 3-for-41 with one RBI.
Despite not being in the World Series, there will be plenty of names and faces that Dodger fans recognize in this year’s Fall Classic. Game One is set for Tuesday at 5:08 p.m.