The Los Angeles Dodgers made NL West history for the 2016 MLB season, becoming the first team to win the division four straight seasons. However, for a team with World Series expectations, anything but a punched ticket into the Fall Classic is short of the organization’s goal for the 2017 season.
The club fell two wins short from making their first World Series appearance last season since winning it all back in 1988, but with 21 of the 25 roster players from 2016 returning for this year, the boys in blue know just reaching the NLCS is not enough with the enormous talent the Dodgers carry.
With Los Angeles currently in Arizona as they begin their 2017 Spring Training, reigning NL Rookie of the Year Corey Seager has bought in on the ‘World Series or Bust’ mentality, according to Doug Padilla of ESPN:
“Yeah, that’s always got to be the mindset. The goal at the beginning of the year is always to win a World Series, and if you don’t, it’s a disappointment. Last year was a disappointment. It was a good year but still a disappointment to lose.”
The Dodgers went 91-71 last season besides setting an MLB record by putting 28 players on the disabled list, which included Clayton Kershaw being sidelined for over two months. The team was able to over mount an eight-game deficit to the division rival San Francisco Giants and were crowned NL West champs as they entered the postseason.
However, as Seager and others have already mentioned, the 2016 campaign was still a disappointing season because the Dodgers were not the club that hoisted up the World Series trophy despite being so close, yet again. With the Dodgers among the favorites to win the 2017 World Series, the club already has the right mindset as they continue Spring Training, looking to bring Los Angeles their first trophy in nearly 30 years.