As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Unfortunately, for Dodger fans, the iconic 2017 World Series squad is no longer intact, as only few players still remain in Los Angeles.
Just six players from the Dodgers 2017 team are left; Clayton Kershaw, Chris Taylor, Julio Urias, Walker Buehler, Austin Barnes, and Trayce Thompson.
The Dodgers’ current run of 10 straight postseason appearances began back in 2013, but it was 2017 in particular when things really started heating up. That season, L.A. won 104 games and went to the World Series. Though the Dodgers did not end up taking home the trophy, that Los Angeles team displayed pure dominance and eventually came back for what they deserved, winning the 2020 World Series.
From 2017 until now, the Dodgers have gone 562-309, with a winning percentage of .645, or 104.5 wins per season.
2017 sure looks a lot different than today as far as the team’s record and the team’s roster.
That year’s roster included 26 different position players, and currently, only Chris Taylor and Austin Barnes are still on the team. Trayce Thompson has also returned. Of the ten players who got the most plate appearances for the 2017 Dodgers, Chris Taylor still remains.
Of the 6,191 plate appearances that year, only 951 of them were by guys currently on the roster. CT3 had 568, Barnes had 262, Thompson had 55, Clayton Kershaw had 59, and Julio Urias had 7. When looking at the six guys left from the 2017 group, Thompson, Urias, and Buehler didn’t even play in the 2017 postseason.
As for pitchers, the team is left with even fewer options. Just 14.4% of innings pitched in 2017 were thrown by players currently in the club — 175 for Kershaw, 23.1 for Urias, and 9.1 for Walker Buehler.
It has hurt to see players like Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig, Rich Hill, Alex Wood, and Kiké Hernandez leave Los Angeles, but regardless, the Dodgers will continue to ball and march forward to more postseason runs.
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