Los Angeles Dodgers Under Pressure? Spring Training Intensity Builds Following $1 Billion Off-Season Splash

Published 02/09/2024, 7:00 AM EST

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Forget Hollywood blockbusters; baseball’s latest mega-production is unfolding in Los Angeles, and the opening scene is just around the corner. The Los Angeles Dodgers, armed with a star-studded cast and a budget that would make Elon Musk blink, are gearing up for Spring Training under the unforgiving glare of scrutiny and sky-high expectations. Remember the New York Yankees of the late 90s and early 2000s?

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The “Murderers’ Row” lineup, along with the billion-dollar payroll, and the suffocating pressure? According to a report by The New York Post, that’s the chilling specter hanging over the Dodgers as they embark on their 2024 season.

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The 2024 Los Angeles Dodgers team boasts a dazzling ensemble: Mookie Betts, $700 million “Unicorn” Shohei Ohtani, and Freddie Freeman—all MVPs. Clayton Kershaw, a pitching legend, throws alongside the likes of 25-year-old Yoshinobu Yamamoto, the $325 million Boy in Blue and a triple winner of Japan’s Eiji Sawamura Award, and Tyler Glasnow. The supporting cast?

Oh, just Max Muncy, Teoscar Hernandez, Will Smith, and rising stars like James Outman, Evan Phillips, and Bobby Miller. It’s a $1.2 billion-plus dollar line-up that would make a talent scout faint. But with great talent comes great responsibility, and the weight of expectation is crushing.

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Los Angeles Dodgers fans haven’t tasted a World Series victory since 2020, and last year’s Division Series sweep against the Arizona Diamondbacks still stings. So, the billion-dollar question: can the Baby Boys in Blue handle the Spring Training pressure?

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Dodgers speak: Opportunity, not burden

Fortunately, the players themselves seem unfazed. Veteran outfielder Jason Heyward, who’s seen championship glory with both the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs, sees the scrutiny as “exciting… new… unique… a lot of fun.” He emphasizes the team’s focus on the “opportunity we embrace to come to work every day” and the challenges ahead.

This echoes the Yankees of yore, where stars reveled in the spotlight. But as Kershaw, arguably one of the greatest pitcher of our generation, has admitted, “the talent is probably the best I’ve ever been a part of. I’m hopeful that I can be a part of it, too.” Even he feels like a “co-star” in this Hollywood production. The media frenzy will be unlike anything baseball has seen, magnifying every win, loss, and misstep.

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The brand-new Los Angeles Dodgers of 2024 are going to be a spectacle. Whether they’ll deliver a championship or crumble under the pressure remains to be seen. 

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Shrabana Sengupta

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"Those who gaze outward dream, but those who turn inward awaken." A pro-writer for MLB EssentiallySports, I’ve been a fan of the New York Yankees since my school days. In my adolescent years, I was introduced to the iconic franchise through one of my beloved Friends characters, Joey.
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Deepanshi Bajaj

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