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What the Dodgers and their fans have to thank for

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Thanksgiving is here, which means families and friends come together to enjoy great food and celebrate everything they have to be thankful for.

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But in Major League Baseball, the Houston Astros are (unfortunately) the only team feeling grateful for the 2022 season, and the other 29 teams are trying to adjust their rosters so they can celebrate next Thanksgiving with their World Series trophy.

Although the season did not end the way the Los Angeles Dodgers or any of their fans could have hoped it would and there is a lot of work they need to do before the 2023 season even gets underway, there is still a lot to be grateful for in the organization.

Chance to win every season

The number one thing Dodgers fans should be thankful for is… His team continues to win and he has had a real shot at the World Series every season since 2013. No other organization in baseball can say they’re on a streak of 10 consecutive postseason appearances, and some teams only want to get there once.

Yes, they only have one ring to show, which is disappointing, and it came in the abbreviated 2020 season, but that’s due to the nature of the post-season. It’s a tournament designed to give every team that makes it a chance to win, and it’s driven by chaos and fortune.

The only way to give yourself a chance at winning the World Series is to make the postseason, and just getting to the baseball game in October is a tall order, but the Dodgers do it better than any other team.

In the past 10 seasons, the Dodgers have gone 931-588 while the closest teams in that time frame are the New York Yankees, who have gone 858-660, and the St. Louis Cardinals, who have gone 848-668. That’s 73 more wins than the Yankees, which averages 7.3 more per year over a decade of games.

It’s dominance on another level, shown most by the gap between the first-ranked Dodgers and second-ranked Yankees being greater than the distance between the Yankees and the ninth-ranked Chicago Cubs, who win an average of 6.9 fewer games than the New Yorkers annually.

No one can answer whether the Dodgers will win, or even make it to the World Series next year, but we can all be confident they will make the playoffs, and only a select few teams can say that.

Mookie Bates, Freddie Freeman and Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles is a city of stars, and the Dodgers have consistently put together a roster that looks like it. With Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, and Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers have three players who will likely be inducted into the Hall of Fame one day, and two of them will wear blue caps with the LA interlocking logo.

It is almost impossible to find a better trio than Bates, Freeman and Kershaw to represent an organization.

On the field, the group has amassed 21 All-Star appearances, eight Gold Gloves, eight Silverbacks, five ERA titles, four World Series rings, three Cy Young Awards, three MVP Awards, two MLB Player of the Year awards, a batting title award, Wilson Defensive Player of the Year and Triple Crown.

Off the field, all three of them are down Giving back to the communityWhether during the season or not, the Dodgers are represented with class every day.

The Dodgers can also be grateful to the front office and ownership groups of the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves for deciding they would prefer to move on from Betts and Freeman, allowing Los Angeles to acquire two of the game’s best players.

Dodger Stadium

The Dodgers should be thankful to play at Dodger Stadium every year, and fans should appreciate attending games at Blue Heaven on Earth. No, Dodger Stadium isn’t perfect. And you can prove that there are better stadiums, but only Fenway Park and Wrigley Field can be considered in the same class as Dodger Stadium.

They are MLB’s historic ballparks, where some of the best moments in baseball’s long history occurred. Every time you step foot you are surrounded by these memories and of those three historic stadiums, Dodger Stadium is the most beautiful.

Dodger Stadium is truly unique in that it is set in Chavez Ravine, which gives the mountains as a backdrop to the field and the high rises of downtown Los Angeles behind the stadium visible from the upper deck and sheltered concourse. The colorful seats, which represent the ocean, the landscape, the sand on the beaches, and the sunny weather, are also something no other stadium in the sport has.

In addition to the gorgeous scenery, the weather is always great for baseball, and games never rain. The only thing that would make it better is a little bit of 100 degree games.

Dodger Stadium is one of a kind, and despite its flaws, we all love going there so much that it has become part of Los Angeles culture. And you can also be grateful you’re not sitting in traffic trying to leave the stadium right now.

SportsNet LA, Joe Davis, and Dodgers team broadcasts

The Dodgers, the greatest broadcaster and radio voice in history, was blessed by Vin Scully for 67 seasons. Replacing him was a near impossible task, but the Dodgers did as well as anyone could have hoped.

Joe Davis is now considered one of the best play-by-play men and fans should be thankful he exists. The 34-year-old quickly rose through the broadcasting ranks and this season became the voice of the World Series, a great honor that only some legendary broadcasters have been given.

In addition to Davis, the rest of the broadcast crew, along with Orel Hershiser, Kirsten Watson, Nomar Garciaparra, John Hartung, and Jerry Hairston Jr., also make up the cast. And José Mota, Dontrelle Willis, Eric Karros, Jessica Mendoa, Adrian Gonzalez, and Tim Neverett deliver a great mix of characters, insight, and make watching games on SportsNet LA an amazing experience.

Speaking of which, the Dodgers have SNLA, their own 24/7 channel dedicated to the team is also incredible. Although getting the service across to the majority of fans has been a bumpy ride, having a channel with nearly 24/7 Dodgers content, aside from some early morning pay-per-view programming, is something that should not be taken for granted.

Dodgers farm system

Finally, the Dodgers’ scouting and player development system is the best in the sport. They are constantly producing young talent who will turn into quality players to help the club win, or they can trade them in for experienced players.

Even after trading several big prospects and young players to Mookie Betts, Max Scherzer and Trea Turner in recent years, they You still have one of the best Minor League systems in the game.

This group is led by Diego Cartaya, who is almost universally considered a top 10 prospect in the game, and is joined by several of the top 100 prospects, including Miguel Vargas, Bobby Miller, Andy Pages, Michael Bosh, Ryan Pibiot and Gavin Stone.

With more Rookie of the Year winners than any other franchise, the Dodgers are well poised to add to that list soon, or they could use some of those players to make a big deal.

Every organization would love to have a Dodgers farm system, and we can expect it to be among the best every year.

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