30 games, 30 games to go. At the halfway point of the season, the Dodgers are far and away the best team in baseball. They were the first team in baseball to 20 wins, 21 wins, and as of now 22 wins. They lead MLB in wins, winning percentage, runs scored, and in run differential by nearly 40 runs.
TL;DR: the Dodgers are good. So good, in fact, they leave you wanting more in this COVID shortened 60 game season. Dodgers Nation recently ask you all your thoughts on the short season and if you liked the 60 sprint over the 162 game marathon. Resoundingly, fans feel the 60 games is just not enough.
For the Normal 162
No! But it’s better than nothing ????? finally back to some sort of sports normalcy.
— Brian Allison (@BrianAl90277392) August 23, 2020
NO, and I do not like the absence of minor league ball.
— Tony Wah-Dell (@KonaTony27) August 22, 2020
No. Full 162 game seasons eliminate pretenders like the Marlins. No way they make the playoffs in a full season.
— Mike Morales (@mkmora67) August 22, 2020
I’d rather have a long season and really like the DH rule because I rather see a real hitter at bat than a pitcher taking uncoordinated swings. DH will also extend some careers like Matt Kemp.
— Ledbetter (@ledbetter2323) August 22, 2020
Hell no. I want as much baseball as possible for as long as possible. Baseball is life ?
— Michelle (@_emm_jay__) August 22, 2020
Pro Shorter Comments
It definitely has encouraged me to watch every game thus far.
Every win makes me feel better, but on the flip side, every loss makes me feel like sh*t
— Blake Wilson (@Blake_W_27) August 22, 2020
Since I don’t want the season to end, I’m gonna say no but I do like the DH and I did not think I would.
— **SoCalGirl** (@SoCalGirl1208) August 22, 2020
Modern Problems Require Modern Solutions
A number of responses were not quite fans but not quite haters. User JoshBGans was among the many on Twitter that offered up their solution on a middle ground.
60 too short, 162 seems a bit much. Maybe closer to 100? On the other hand, everyone wins 50, loses 50, its what you do with the other 62 that makes a difference!
— Mr. Joshua (@JoshBGans) August 22, 2020
nope…keep the 162. what they could do, however, is go old school and cut down on the number of playoff games. wild cards and all this other nonsense. it's all about TV ad revenue and not the game.
— Kurt B. (@Kurt_SDMF) August 22, 2020
In a 162 game season, each game has very little weight on the standings.
Get rid of the typical win/ loss record and replace it with Series W/L record instead. What everyone thinks about that?
— Moonshot (@Moonshot_071669) August 22, 2020
Although 162 is too long, this is too short. I'd prefer a 120, you find out who the good teams are by then and not some fluke team that got off to a hot start.
— Corey Van Vactor (@CNote_100RR) August 23, 2020
More users on Facebook chimed in.
Kathy had this to say:
Would love a full season, half is better than none right now. I’m just glad I get to watch them on TV again Been a fan since 1959 GO DODGERS!!!
No, but I’m so thankful they had one this year! Baseball is a summer staple for my family and I. As fast as this year has gone, it feels like we had no summer!
Jovel might have the perfect response, since we’re only through half of an unprecedented shortened season:
Honestly, halfway through it, I can’t say I love it or hate it yet… the biggest issue for me is not seeing them live!
Same, Jovel… same.
A number of thoughts can swirl in your mind the more you think about this season. What are we missing with this team? Where would it have stood with a regular 162? Is this a fair send off for what could potentially be the final season in Dodger blue for players like Justin Turner or Enrique Hernandez among others?
There are pros and cons to both sides of this argument… where do you stand after 30 games? Continue the conversation in the comments below!