The game 6 loss against the Atlanta Braves officially ended the Dodgers 2021 season. It’s unfortunate that the team couldn’t repeat as champions. Many fans are surely devasted by the crushing blow.
Yet, that sadly won’t be the only pain felt before the start of a new season. The eventual start of free agency means the end of an era and the “changing of the guard” as Dave Roberts put it.
“A lot’s going to be happening this winter. I think part of the great thing about players and service time is you get a chance to choose where you want to play and earn what you want to earn. We have some guys that are free agents and we all know who they are. Potentially to not see those guys back, it’s sort of a changing of the guard. If they’re not back, whoever is not back, I’m going to miss them personally and the team is going to miss them.”
The Dodgers will have 11 players hit free agency this winter after the conclusion of the World Series. Among that group is star players who have been a part of the organization for years such as Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager, etc. Los Angeles could end up losing some of their key players from this run of dominance with other teams looking for their services. With that, it may have been the last time we’ve seen them in Dodger blue.
“The six years I’ve been here, it’s been a core group of guys that could potentially be turned over this winter. I’m not looking forward to it. They’re great players and great men. I wish we could’ve won another one with this group.”
Unfortunately, the organization will not be able to retain every single one of its free agents. On one hand, it’s a little heartbreaking to see players who have spent much of their careers here go off and join another franchise, but we tend to often forget the business aspect of the game. As Doc mentioned, it would’ve been great to see this team accomplish another World Series run with the core still in place, but now we will have to say our goodbyes and close the door on a couple of stories.