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FutureStarrA Los Angeles Dodgers World Series
For the first time in more than 60 years, the storied Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series in convincing, five game fashion over the Houston Astros. This year, the Dodgers’ bats were the key to securing a championship.
The early 1980s were affectionately dubbed "Fernandomania." In 1988, another pitching hero, Orel Hershiser, again led them to a World Series victory, aided by one of the most memorable home runs of all time by their star outfielder Kirk Gibson coming off the bench, despite having injuries to both knees, to pinch-hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning of game 1, in his only appearance of the series. The Dodgers won the pennant in 2017 for the first time since their world series victory in 1988, aided by a Justin Turner walk-off home run on the same night of Gibson's iconic walk-off home run 29 years earlier. They went on to face the Houston Astros and lose in 7 games; however, the series became embroiled in controversy due to the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal. The Dodgers won the pennant in 2018 for a second year in a row, moving on to lose to the Boston Red Sox in 5 games. They went on to win the World Series again in 2020 by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in 6 games, after playing a season shortened to 60 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2019 Los Angeles won a franchise-record 106 games and cruised to another division championship. However, the team was stunned in its opening playoff series, where it was upset by the wild-card Washington Nationals. The Dodgers had the best record in the MLB during the 2020 season; however, that record was just 43–17 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that led to a shortened season with an expanded playoff field. After sweeping each of their two postseason series, the Dodgers fell behind the Atlanta Braves 3–1 in the NLCS before rallying to win the series in seven games. The Dodgers then won the championship that had evaded one of baseball’s best franchises over the previous decade with a six-game World Series victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. The Dodgers had another stellar regular season in 2021, winning 106 games and making the playoffs for the ninth consecutive year. The team advanced to the NLCS, where it again faced the Braves. However, this time Los Angeles was defeated in six games. (Source: www.britannica.com)