And the winner isn’t … (insert Dodgers name here)

First and foremost a disclaimer – this article is 100 percent, unequivocally and indisputably sour grapes.

There. The disclaimer has been made in the event that you choose not to read on.

Here we go.

It is a fact that is plain as day – the entire world hates the Dodgers … except, of course, for those who absolutely love the Dodgers, and you know who you are.

Don’t believe it? Well check this out:

The 2017 Dodgers won 104 games during the 2017 season, more than any other team not just in the National League but in all of baseball. In doing so, they set a new Los Angeles Dodgers record for most wins in a season and came up one win shy of tying the franchises record of 105 wins set by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1953. That’s the most LA Dodgers single-season wins in their 55 years in Los Angeles and the second most wins in the 134-year history of the Dodgers’ franchise.

Yet even with those MLB-best 104 wins (under the leadership of Dodgers manager Dave Roberts), the outstanding pitching of Clayton Kershaw (with his NL-best 18 wins and 2.31 ERA), the outstanding hitting of Cody Bellinger (with his 39 home runs to set a new MLB record for most home runs by a NL rookie) and the absolutely breathtaking stellar defense of Yasiel Puig (who made near impossible catches and throws almost on a nightly basis), only Bellinger won a year-end award as the 2017 NL Rookie of the Year, which was a no-brainer.

Of the seemingly endless year-end awards, only Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger received one. This certainly speaks to the credibility of those doing the voting. (Photo credit – Jon SooHoo)

That’s it … only one year-end award for the undisputed best team in all of baseball during the 2017 regular season. No Manager of the Year award for Dave Roberts, no Cy Young award for Clayton Kershaw, no Gold Glove for Yasiel Puig or Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, and no Silver Slugger award for Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, who hit a team-high .322 on the season. Fellow MLB managers, the self-proclaimed esteemed Baseball Writers Association of America (who can’t even get their own acronym right) and even baseball fans from around the world (via Friday night’s eSurance fan vote awards) did not select one Dodger player (other than Bellinger) to receive even one of the many year-end awards. Not one. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. A complete awards snub.

How, in good conscience, can National League managers sleep at night after not voting for Yasiel Puig to receive a Gold Glove? (Video capture courtesy of SportsNet LA)

Like I said, the entire world hates the Dodgers.

…or as Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully would say, “That’s horse fertilizer.”

Horse fertilizer indeed.

 

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4 Responses to “And the winner isn’t … (insert Dodgers name here)”

  1. Respect the Rivalry says:

    While I completely agree with you, we do have to acknowledge Corey winning a Silver Slugger. Still isn’t as much as it should be.
    Regarding the Gold Glove: It seems quite clear that offensive production does play a role in the selection, though it obviously didn’t help Corey.
    Also, it’s apparent that many voters tend to just vote for who they voted for last year, no matter who is really best.
    OF assists also count heavily, which hurts Puig since they know better than to run on him.

  2. oldbrooklynfan says:

    One thing they won, and I thing we should all be proud of it, the N.L. Pennant making them the 2017 National League Champions. That’s something they’ll be defending in 2018.

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