Cody Bellinger thinks the Dodgers celebrations need better celebrations.
The 2020 MLB season is set to begin this Thursday. It will be unlike any previous season, with no fans in attendance and a 60-game schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Players will need to make a lot of adjustments in an unorthodox year.
For the Los Angeles Dodgers, celebrating will be one of those adjustments. 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger thinks their celebrations aren’t good enough heading into the season.
Without fans, the lack of energy in the stadium may make end-of-game celebrations awkward for players. Usually, after a win, fans will cheer their players off the field. It may feel odd for players to go through a high-five line in front of an empty stadium after a win.
The Dodgers have championship expectations once again in 2020.
The Dodgers will look to do a lot of celebrating in 2020. After acquiring former MVP Mookie Betts this offseason, they became favorites for the NL pennant. Betts is in the final year of his contract, so they will want to make his potentially short stay in L.A. worth it.
The Dodgers have been painfully close greatness over the past few seasons. They’ve made the playoffs in each of the last seven seasons. In 2017 and 2018, they lost back-to-back World Series and in each of the past four seasons, they’ve lost to the eventual World Series champion.
Bellinger and the Dodgers will look to reverse their fortunes in 2020, as they once again enter the season with championship expectations. If celebrations are the biggest problem for the Dodgers this season, they’ll be on a fast track to the World Series.