The Dodgers’ postseason offense as soon as again went missing out on in action for the 2nd straight NLDS versus a divisional challenger in 2023.
If the Padres’ 3-1 surprise was the trailer in 2022, what Arizona did to my preferred group in sweeping style ended up being a scary motion picture that apparently didn’t end.
Hindsight is clearly 20/20 however fans like me question to this day simply what would have occurred if Andrew Friedman bucked up to pay Corey Seager his preferred agreement.
Seager broke out as 2016 NL Rookie of the Year and has actually become an MVP prospect as a Texas Ranger.
2020’s NLCS and World Series MVP, LA doesn’t have a champion in the Dave Roberts period without the hulking shortstop’s efficiency over that wonderful postseason.
Many of Seager’s previous colleagues at Chavez are seeing him control the postseason phase from their sofas after LA’s front workplace didn’t provide his preferred cost point in the 2022 offseason.
Many keep in mind Seager’s heroics from the bubble champion run however most of my memories from Seager’s profession are disappointment and heartbreak.
I don’t consider Seager’s 2017’s crowning achievement off Justin Verlander in Game 2 of the World Series however rather I remember him rolling over to Jose Altuve as the last out in the squashing seven-game series loss.
I keep in mind LA trading for Manny Machado in Seager’s stead due to his elbow injury that required him out of the whole 2018 playoff run.
Instead of Seager’s fresh bat in the lineup it was Machado who humiliated himself in his particular last at-bat that sealed a title for the Boston Red Sox at Chavez Ravine as soon as again.
I keep in mind every bat, however particularly Seager’s, falling flatter than a deflated balloon to the Nationals as LA jointly broke my heart after their 106-win supremacy in the 2019 routine season.
Even in 2021 with his looming totally free company, I resigned myself to a possible life without Seager after Andrew Friedman dealt for both Trea Turner and Max Scherzer at the trade due date.
Every part of me stated that the relocation made good sense however lots of Dodgers fans unlike me wanted he was still with the group.
Reports all checked out that Seager wished to sign up with Texas due to connections with Chris Woodward as the previous Dodger 3rd base coach and no state tax for the huge agreement he’d make.
All of those things made good sense however what never ever did to me is why some individuals believed Seager was some world beater in the postseason beyond 2020.
Seager tape-recorded 8 strikeouts in each postseason run beyond 2020 and stopped working to strike above .237 in any run in addition to that mark.
The injury history and high cost into Seager’s thirties likewise stayed issues for me on a possible offer and I believed it was clever to keep Trea Turner rather for 2022.
Now after another bad postseason in LA there aren’t as numerous reasons after the middle infield stayed a concern all season long.
Mookie Betts tossed out to 2nd base to give way for Jason Heyward and David Peralta in the postseason and each and every single among their bats stopped working to impress this playoffs.
Seager on the other hand has actually gotten where he ended in 2020 as he ended up being the very first man to stroll 5 times in a postseason video game throughout his series with the Orioles.
LA’s previous leading possibility appears all too comfy in his brand-new home where the Dodgers are now rushing for choices throughout the board.
Veteran improvement jobs and Gavin Lux’s postponed healing leave me rather hesitant about the future of LA’s strategies particularly in the postseason.
Texas has their next super star face to lead them into the nationwide spotlight just this time they don’t appear most likely to carry on a la Alex Rodriguez twenty years back.
In his lack, LA’s choices throughout the board all appear like even worse choices than their previous shortstop.
Shohei Ohtani appears a fantastic totally free representative for the franchise, however connection with their old shortstop wouldn’t have actually required the relocation.
Even if 2020 appeared fluky in all senses of the word, the memories from that champion run mainly removed sins of years past.
All those issues lead me to however one conclusion for that concern.
Seager ought to’ve retired a Dodger. Plain and easy.
Dodgers Fans Believe Seager Should Have Stayed in LA
A survey ran just recently on X.com (previously Twitter) reveals that the frustrating bulk of fans likewise think Seager ought to have stayed in Dodger blue.
Where do you stand? Should the Dodgers have ponied up an additional $30-40 million to keep him in LA? Sound off in the remarks listed below.
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