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Success and shortcomings alike fuel Dodgers’ 2017 World Series bid

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Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

When you fall short of a championship, as the Dodgers did this year, there’s a certain game face you’re required to display — a certain stoicism or even gravity.

Show any pride in partial achievement, and you risk conveying that you aren’t committed to the larger goal, that you don’t understand how important a title is, that you just don’t get it.

The reality is, yes, you can feel good about the positives from a season without diminishing the craving — the gut-wrenching craving — for ultimate greatness. Pride and desire aren’t opposites.

Think of your team as you would your child. To want anything less than the best for your kin would be negligent. To dismiss your children’s smaller accomplishments wholesale when they aren’t the best — that’s negligent, too.

You learn from failure, but you can also feed off success.

When Andrew Friedman and Dave Roberts met reporters this afternoon to bring closure to the Dodgers’ season, the different threads were front and center. No one felt ashamed of the effort or the intermediate achievements, even if no one was satisfied with the final result.

In other words, there was no mistaking the determination to go farther. Pride and desire.

“Obviously, the No. 1 goal is to play in the World Series, and we came up short,” said Roberts, who was named Sporting News NL Manager of the Year today. “I think a lot of good things are in place to bring a championship back here to Los Angeles. Since last December, the process of how we go about things as an organization, how the guys on the field play the game … I think we did a lot of good things.

“You can look back at this past series (against Chicago), and we didn’t play our best baseball and certain things could have changed that would have affected the outcome. You can talk about that forever. But I think the time we put into creating an environment, syncing it with the ownership, front office, coaching staff, players, training staff — those are things that are really tangible I think. I think that is something we’re going to hang our hats on, and we’ll be ready to go next spring.”

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MLB’s Rookie of the Year might be the Dodger manager

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By Cary Osborne

Both times Dodger president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman used the word optimism when referring to Dave Roberts, he thought it needed a forceful descriptor in front of it.

What Roberts brought to the Dodger organization in 2016, Friedman said, was “relentless optimism.”

And through the countless adversities of a season so unique, there is a direct correlation between the Dodgers reaching the postseason as National League West champions and the manner in which Roberts skippered the ship.

Yes, it was a world-class, top-of-the-line ship. But 2016 was typhoon season for the Dodgers, with an onslaught of injuries (including losing the best pitcher in baseball for two months), first-half offensive woes, balancing playing time, guiding rookies and falling eight games behind the San Francisco Giants in late June.

“Dave has done an incredible job this year,” Friedman said. “Just his ability to communicate. His relentless optimism and his ability to put guys in a position to succeed have been a huge part of our success this year.”

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Andrew Friedman, Dave Roberts explain Dodgers’ NLDS roster choices

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Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

The Dodgers faced several hard choices in coming up with their 25-man roster for the National League Division Series — and to some extent, the specific matchup with the Washington Nationals served as a tiebreaker.

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One celebration down, ‘three more celebrations’ to go for NL West champion Dodgers

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By Jon Weisman

One of these years, it wasn’t going to happen. One of these years, the National League West title would go to someone else.

Three months ago, 2016 looked dangerously like it would be that year. The Dodgers began the season in pursuit of their fourth straight division championship, but on June 26, eight games down in the division, one ace down on the disabled list — it was a feeding frenzy for those looking to bury Los Angeles.

Exactly three months later, on September 26, the Dodgers will wake up not eight games down in the NL West, but eight games up — and playoff bound.

Instead of surrendering with Clayton Kershaw out, the Dodgers found a deep resolve. Not coincidentally, it came from a deep roster.

“We talked a lot at Spring Training about depth in the organization,” president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said, in the bombastic clubhouse after today’s clinching victory over Colorado. “It wasn’t something that we were necessarily eager to showcase, as early as we did and as often as we did. But it’s an incredible organization. The number of fingerprints on this division title spans so many different players and so many different departments in our organization. So many people can be proud of it.

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Theme of All-Access event: The 2016 Dodgers have fight in abundance

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Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Cary Osborne

There were revelations on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium at the Dodgers All-Access event — a benefit for the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Council. Joc Pederson said he and roommates Trayce Thompson, Alex Wood and Corey Seager watch the shows “New Girl” and “The Bachelor.” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman revealed that Clayton Kershaw will pitch a rehab game this weekend in Rancho Cucamonga. And Chase Utley revealed his sense of humor when asked by Orel Hershiser about growing up a Dodger fan and how special it would be to bring a World Series championship to Los Angeles.

“Winning a championship in L.A. would be super special,” Utley began. “Being a Dodger fan growing up, 5 or 6 years old, watching Eric Karros …”

Fans who paid to be part of this experience cracked up with Karros sitting in the front row laughing himself. Karros is only 11 years older than Utley.

The event featured exciting experiences for all fans — from hitting in the Dodgers’ underground batting cage off Mickey Hatcher and Reggie Smith, to taking a photo with Tommy Lasorda and the 1981 and 1988 World Series trophies to pitching in the Dodger Stadium bullpen with legendary Dodger scout Mike Brito taking radar-gun readings. But the main event was Dodgers Chase Utley, Pederson and Justin Turner and the Dodger management trio of Dave Roberts, Friedman and Farhan Zaidi answering questions on stage from SportsNet LA’s John Hartung and Hershiser while fans dined in the infield.

A lot of the talk centered on all the adversity this team has had to go through to land in first place in the National League West. Utley and Zaidi had thoughts on the topic.

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Kershaw will make a rehab start this weekend

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Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

At Thursday’s Dodgers All-Access event at Dodger Stadium, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman announced that Clayton Kershaw will return to action this weekend and pitch a rehab game with the High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

“We’ll get through that one, then we’ll see where we’re at,” Friedman said. “He wants to be out there yesterday. We want him out there yesterday. It’s just about making sure when we get him back he’s back to stay back.”

Kershaw, who last pitched in a game on June 26 due to a mild herniated disc in his back, threw a simulated game on Tuesday. Friedman didn’t specify which day Kershaw will pitch. Ranch Cucamonga is hosting the Colorado Rockies’ High-A affiliate the Modesto Nuts this weekend.

— Cary Osborne

Why the Dodgers pursued Carlos Ruiz

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(Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Andrew Friedman, on the decision to trade A.J. Ellis to Philadelphia in a deal for Carlos Ruiz (via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com):

“It was a tough decision on a personal level,” Friedman said. “From a baseball standpoint, we felt Carlos fit our team extremely well. I can go on and on about A.J. and his attributes and what he brings to a team, and if Carlos didn’t possess similar things, we wouldn’t have made the move. In terms of leadership ability, ability to call a game and run a pitching staff, Carlos rates extremely well in those things and has experience in what he brings to the lineup against left-handed pitching, which (we) focused on as an area we wanted to improve.”

Read the entire story here.

— Jon Weisman

Andrew Friedman discusses Urias, Wood, Ryu, Bolsinger

By Jon Weisman

Dodger president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman fielded questions on a conference call from New York late today, mainly on Julio Urias but also on the status of Mike Bolsinger, Alex Wood and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Here are Friedman’s comments (the questions are paraphrased):

When was the decision to promote Urias made?

We’ve had a lot of conversations in the last month about Julio, thinking through different ideas in terms how he can help us win games. It’s not just a case of assessing his talent and seeing if he could help us, it’s also about finishing off some development — also the workload and how to manage that going forward. When this (left triceps soreness) came up with Woody, it made it obviously much easier in that we needed someone who’d be able to go Friday.

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View from the top: Andrew Friedman analyzes three keys to the Dodgers’ future

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Andrew Friedman and Dave Roberts before a rain delay April 9 at San Francisco. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

By Jon Weisman

Taking a break from the standing desk in his office overlooking left field at Dodger Stadium, 18 months into his tenure as Dodger president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman was asked to reflect.

In the brief pause that followed, you could feel the sheer volume of all the moves and maneuvering roll through his brain like a freight train.

“It’s been such a frenetic pace,” Friedman said, “I feel like I’ve been drinking out of a firehose for the past year and a half.”

But the moment did provide an opportunity for Friedman to assess the state of the squad and look ahead toward a future filled with potential — all in pursuit of the unquestioned grand prize of a World Series title.

What follows are Friedman’s thoughts on three areas critical to that pursuit …

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Howie Kendrick and the long Dodger lineup

By Jon Weisman

The Dodgers’ lineup might be defined less by the absence of a traditional leadoff hitter than by the absence of a traditional No. 8 hitter.

Of their eight most likely 2016 position-player starters — and we’ll count newly resigned second baseman Howie Kendrick among them — none has a projected on-base percentage below .311, nor a weighted on-base average below .319.

In 2016, according to Fangraphs, the average No. 8 hitter in the National League had a .302 OBP and .283 wOBA.

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