2021 Los Angeles Dodgers
2021 Los Angeles Dodgers / Franchise: Los Angeles Dodgers / BR Team Page
Managed by Dave Roberts
History, Comments, Contributions
The 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers, fresh off a World Series win, started the season as the consensus favorites to repeat. The only question was whether they would be able to hold off the San Diego Padres, the brash young kids on the block who had been very active in the off-season to build up on an already strong foundation. The Dodgers had not stood idle either, signing the most desirable pitcher available on the free agent market, Trevor Bauer, to a huge contract.
At first, it seemed that no one would be able to catch the Dodgers. After stumbling on Opening Day, April 1st, and losing a bizarre game to the Colorado Rockies, 8-5, that featured Cody Bellinger losing a home run because he inadvertently passed a runner on the basepaths, they reeled off 12 wins in the next 13 games to build a 4 1/2 game lead on their nearest pursuers. However, to every one's surprise, they started stumbling after that, and by the end of April had fallen to 16-11, still a good record, but surprisingly, they had fallen into second place, being passed by the San Francisco Giants.
Awards and Honors
- Rory Carroll (Reuters): "Baseball: Dodgers still hungry, look to repeat as World Series champs", Yahoo! Sports, March 30, 2021. 
- Bob Nightengale: "Dodgers, with three of the top 10 highest-paid players, are sitting atop the payroll mountaintop in 2021", USA Today, April 1, 2021. 
- Bill Plaschke: "Right now, the best team in baseball history stinks", Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2021. 
- Juan Toribio: "How They Got There: LA's 9th straight clinch", mlb.com, September 15, 2021.