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Dodgers Fans React to the Noah Syndergaard Signing

The Dodgers signed former All-Star right-handed pitcher Noah Sydergaard to a one-year, $13 million deal on Wednesday. It’s clearly an upside move, with Los Angeles hoping to help Thor rediscover some of the magic that made him a Cy Young candidate early in his career.

We asked our readers for their thoughts on the Syndergaard signing, and boy did you all have a lot to say.



The comments mostly fell into one of three categories. The first, and most optimistic, is what we like to call “In Prior We Trust.”

After the success of Tyler Anderson, Andrew Heaney, Evan Phillips, Yency Almonte, and others, Dodgers pitching coach Mark Prior has developed a reputation as a fixer. Syndergaard used to have some of the best stuff in baseball, and if Prior (along with being another year removed from Tommy John surgery) can help him get some of that stuff back, this could be a huge signing for L.A.

The second genre of comment is what we call “Everything Sucks And Always Will.”

And finally, we have the final kind of comment: “I’m So Angry All The Time I Can’t Be Bothered With Facts.” (The last comment in the previous section could have doubled here, as Syndergaard pitched at least five innings in 19 of his 24 starts in 2022.)

As it turns out, Syndergaard used to be an outstanding pitcher, even though pjma22 doesn’t think so. Whether he can get back to that version of himself remains to be seen, but if anyone can help him get there, it’s the Dodgers.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. He's been blogging about baseball and the Dodgers 2004 and doing it professionally since 2015. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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6 Comments

  1. Prior has his work cut out for him. Verlander would have been a better signing. These offseason signings are yawners.

  2. Ahhh, leave it to our Dodger’s for Garage sale buying….Some of paid off, a lot have not….and let’s see, we’ve been up and ready to go come playoffs last 10 years right…Play the kids, reset, make playoff’s and be prepared…..

  3. I have been a Dodger fan since 1940 but currently live in the greater Philadelphia PA area. I watch lots of Philly games, simply because Dodger TV does not go coast to coast

    I have seen Syndergaard pitch on several occasions. Don’t sell him short, While Eflin was perhaps more successful and might have been a better fit (he was lights out in his brief appearances after coming off the injured list) “Thor” may turn out to be the better of the two. He could end up the long reliever. But hope springs eternal in one or more of those young arms making a big impression this coming season

  4. re: afosisa – and I thought I might be the ‘gray eminence’ here having followed them since 1953, but a Dodger fan since 1940! Wow! Congratulations. Like you, I’ve been through the ups and downs of the Boys of Summer and have again started the countdown till pitchers and catcher report.

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