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MLB National League West Los Angeles Dodgers 2022

While the Dodgers have resided in Los Angeles since 1958, their roots take them to the other side of the country. The team was first founded in 1883 in Brooklyn as the Brooklyn Grays and played in the American Association from 1884 to 1889.

In 1890, the team joined the National League as the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. From 1899 to 1931, the team was known as the Brooklyn Superbas, Trolley Dodgers, Dodgers, and Robins. Finally, starting in 1932, the team became known as the Dodgers, which has stuck ever since.

Early in their history, the Brooklyn Dodgers found that their biggest rivals were the New York Yankees as they squared off with them seven times in the World Series. While they lost the first five series, they finally found success in their last two.

In 1947, Major League Baseball changed forever as the Brooklyn Dodgers introduced Jackie Robinson to MLB. This was the first time in history that an African American had played in the Major Leagues.

In 1958, Dodgers’ owner Walter O’Malley relocated the team cross-country to Los Angeles. The team has played there ever since.

Since 1969, when MLB introduced divisions to each league, the Dodgers have always played in the National League West.

The Dodgers’ organization has played in eight different ballparks throughout their history, starting with Washington Park and ending with their current home, Dodger Stadium. A few other memorable parks they played in included Ebbets Field and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Going back to their earliest season in 1884, the franchise has put together a winning record. They are a combined 11,123 – 9,891, good for a .529 winning percentage.

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In 2021, the Dodgers finished with a remarkable 106-56 record. Unfortunately, they had just the second-best record in baseball while the first (San Francisco Giants) also resided in their division.

That meant that the Dodgers had to play in a one-game playoff with the St. Louis Cardinals to technically get into the playoffs. While they succeeded in that game, they were eventually knocked out by the Braves in the NLCS.

Still, the Dodgers enter 2022 with the best odds of winning the World Series as they will return a stacked roster. The Dodgers still expect to have a remarkable team even with Corey Seager moving on to the Rangers and several other key free agents.

Prior to the MLB lockout, the Dodgers signed pitcher Andrew Heaney, pitcher Daniel Hudson, outfielder Jason Martin, and utilityman Chris Taylor, but don’t be surprised if they are active when things open back up prior to the beginning of the 2022 season.

For Dodgers fans, the expectation year in and year out is nothing short of a World Series. While the Dodgers will face some stiff competition in the National League, it would not be surprising to see them win their 18th pennant and once again represent the NL in the World Series.

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Los Angeles, California at Night with Dodger Stadium on the eve of the 2017 Major League Baseball World Series.

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