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After 32 years, the Dodgers won the World Series again on October 27th, 2020 in a back and forth series against the Tampa Bay Rays. This series ended in a Game 6 win for the Dodgers.
During this offseason, some big trades took place. The Cubs traded Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini to the Padres for Owen Caissie, Ismael Mena, Reginald Preciado, Yeison Santana, and Zach Davies. The Rays traded Blake Snell to the Padres for Luis Patiño, Cole Wilcox, Blake Hunt, and Francisco Mejía.
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Cristien Banda, a junior on the Gahr varsity baseball team, explained the significance of the trade. “The Padres getting Snell and Darvish is huge. The Padres making those two trades brings the Padres up for contention in the west with the Dodgers.”
Spring training will start on February 27 with 16 games and end on March 30. The first game will be starting at 1:05 PM ET. A delay was offered by the MLB to the players where the season would be delayed by a month and the season would be condensed by 8 games and 6 off days, but the MLB Players Association rejected it. The MLBPA released a statement saying, “Although Player salaries would not be initially prorated to a 154-game regular season, MLB’s proposal offers no salary or service time protections in the event of further delays, interruptions, or cancellation of the season...Players will not accept MLB’s proposal, will instead continue preparations for an on-time start to the 2021 season…”
With the initial phase of the MLB set to go, the fans and the players can look forward to some great moments within the game. These spring training games will give the fans an idea of which teams will be the most prominent teams. With the trades that took place during the offseason, the season will be very interesting and power-packed with new expectations and new power rankings. As reigning champions, the Dodgers are expected to defend their title and outperform most of the teams. The MLB season officially starts April 1 at 1:05 PM ET.