Dodgers win first World Series title in 32 years

It took 32 years, but the Los Angeles Dodgers are finally back on top of the the Major League Baseball summit.

Following a most unusual season in 2020 due to the Coronavirus, the Dodgers clinched the 116th World Series Championship with a 3-1 win in Game 6 over the Tampa Bay Rays to finish the best-of-seven series, 4-2, on Tuesday, Oct. 27..

Although it was the Dodgers third time in the World Series in the last four years, they hadn’t won a title since 1988 – a full decade before the Rays’ inaugural season.

Los Angeles has waited a long time to enjoy this moment, and it came in front of a small crowd of mostly Dodgers’ fans at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

The Dodgers and Rays had the top two records during the season, but used different philosophies to get there. Los Angeles had one of the highest payrolls at $107.9 million, while Tampa had one of the lowest at $28.3 million.

Dodgers’ shortstop Corey Seager, the National League Championship Series MVP, also took home World Series MVP honors after going eight for 20 with two home runs and five runs batted in.

Seager finished his impressive postseason with eight home runs, tied for second most in a single postseason.

This unorthodox season culminated in the Dodgers ending what they had started – an eighth straight year in the playoffs, and, at last, a World Series title.

“This year has been crazy, but no matter what, we’ll look back on this and we’re World Series champs. To get to say that and get to be part of that, it’s so special no matter what,” said Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw. “The only thing that may have made it better would be to be at Dodger Stadium.”

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