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National Reporter Says It Would Be ‘Disaster’ if Dodgers Don’t Make World Series

World Series or bust?

That’s been the narrative surrounding the Los Angeles Dodgers since their heavy spending offseason in which they acquired high-priced players including Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, and Tyler Glasnow.

National MLB reporter Bob Nightengale confirmed that narrative is the reality for the Dodgers, and it would be a disaster if they don’t make the World Series.

“I think there’s a lot of urgency in the sense that, for the Dodgers, probably more than any team in baseball, it’s World Series or bust,” Nightengale told Dodgers Nation’s Doug McKain. I mean if they don’t make the World Series, I think the whole season would be considered a disaster in L.A. with all that talent. You’re still talking about, for a full season, not having a World Series championship since ’88…”

“Just with all the money invested, the attention, what Ohtani’s doing… I think they’ve gotta get to the World Series or it’s gonna be a, long, long winter,” Nightengale said. “I don’t think you can say that about any other team, not even the Yankees or anybody else. But the Dodgers, I think they have to get to the World Series or they’re gonna have to say, ‘What went wrong here? Do we have to make changes, what are we gonna do for 2025?’”

The Dodgers of course have the talent to win the World Series, but they will have to overcome their recent postseason woes to end up winning the trophy. The Dodgers have made the playoffs in each of the last 10 seasons, but have just one World Series trophy to show for it. They have been to three World Series in total, losing two of them.

More notably, the Dodgers have disappointingly been eliminated from the playoffs in the National League Division Series each of the last two seasons. They were defeated by division rivals who they were favored to beat, in the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks, making their 100-win regular season go to waste.

If the Dodgers get eliminated again from the playoffs — especially that early — it will be a huge disappointment with players like Ohtani and Teoscar Hernández now on the team.

Photo Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Eva Geitheim

Eva graduated from UCLA in 2023 with a bachelor's degree in Communication. She has been covering college and professional sports since 2022.


  1. I don’t care what the popular hype or expectation is, I see lots of teams out there that can take the Dodgers to the toolshed. These guys can’t hit consistently, bring low energy to the ball field and are easily intimidated.

    1. Under achievers, low energy, inconsistent, half of the lineup is not hitting their weight, the bullpen is about to be decimated due to overuse and abuse because the starters are burned out. Mookie at shortstop was a huge mistake. Why did we pick up Biggio again?

  2. I disagree with this point of view. When you look at sports like football or basketball, the best team most often wins in the big games and playoff series. It is rare for a lesser team to suddenly play over their heads. Baseball is not like that. Unlike many other sports, it is a series of individual performances, night after night. Over a long period of time it all tends to even out and the best team will win the most games over a 162 game season. Over the past 7 seasons, the Dodgers have the best winning percentage over 7 years of any team in MLB history.

    More than any other sport, the playoffs and WS are different in baseball. To win in the playoffs requires a whole lot of chips to fall in place at the same time. You need the players to be at their best, getting hot at the right time, and you need a fully healthy team top to bottom. The last few years the Ds have had key injuries prior to the end of the season. Last year the only surviving starting pitcher on the playoff roster who was on the opening day roster was an injured Kershaw, who tanked the series in the first game. And many of the top players on the team hit a cold streak at the wrong time.

    Playoff failures are not uncommon. Yes, they are agonizing, and heartbreaking, and infuriating at times. But just because they lose in the playoffs does not mean the whole season is a bust. I myself personally enjoy and appreciate all the winning, regular season or playoffs. Both is best, but not the end of the world if it doesn’t happen.

  3. I am aware that I am in a minority, but I believe that the Dodgers winning their division is more important than winning the world series. They (the Dodgers) have been struggling all season with major injuries but still remain on top of the division. With the play-offs allowing every team to play (so it seems), how can six months of a battle decide if a team is successful? Historically, when the top teams of each league played in the world series, the world series was an absolutely outstanding event that even those who were not baseball fans were interested. Now, instead of the best team for the entire season playing for a championship, the team that is “hot” for a couple weeks in October can win the title — possibly with a losing record. Again, I realize that I am the only fan who sees it this way.

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