The Dodgers have made the playoffs for the last decade – winning the NL West in nine of those years and in ten of eleven years overall. The years of regular season success have made the organization the envy of teams around the league. Others have attempted to duplicate but no one has replicated it just yet.
When asked about the factors that played into such sustained dominance, President of Baseball Operations, Andrew Friedman, had this to say.
“The only way to do it is to incorporate young players into your roster as you are going and winning. We need to provide that environment … and keep doing that with our goal to continue to sustain success.”Andrew Friedman via Dodgers Nation TV
In MLB history, the Dodgers actually have the most winners of the Rookie of the Year Award (18). Over the last decade, the club has produced two such winners – Corey Seager (2016) and Cody Bellinger (2017). Cody Bellinger would go on to win the NL MVP award in 2019, and both played key roles in bringing home the first World Series victory since 1988. During that 2020 World Series run Corey Seager won both NLCS and World Series MVP.
Even if not highly decorated like Seager or Bellinger, the Dodgers continued to churn out top-level talent. Yasiel Puig broke out onto the scene in 2013 in a historic way and made an appearance on the cover of MLB The Show 2015. Walker Buehler seemed to have a knack for the big moments, as he has only allowed one run across 13 innings pitched in the World Series. The list of highly talented players the organization has developed runs long and could be a longer article all its own.
The future for the Boys in Blue continues to look bright as they look to the next wave of young talent. The fans have seen glimpses of this talent with James Outman and Bobby Miller making their MLB debuts last season. The farm system is loaded with catching talent with the likes of Diego Cartaya and Hunter Feduccia. The club known for its top pitching talent continues to find young arms all over the world with players such as the young Korean starter Hyun-Seok Jang.
If Andrew Friedman believes that young talent provides sustained success, then the team is poised for even further success.
Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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