Bill Plaschke: Dodgers open season unsettled and uncertain. And that's a good thing

Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times on

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They lost their cornerstone, their shaggy leader, Justin Turner heading off to hated Boston.

They lost their spark, their infield core, Trea Turner fleeing for Philly.

They lost their MVP, their homegrown hero, Cody Bellinger scooting over to Chicago.

They lost their hope, Gavin Lux, knee injury, gone for the season.

They lost their minds, this winter, failing to land any of baseball's top free agents, bystanders to the San Diego Padres' impressive shopping spree.

For the first time in more than a decade, the team with nine National League West Division crowns in those last 10 years enters a season with an overwhelming sense of loss.


So much loss, in fact, that one might miss what they gained.

Uncertainty. Suspense. Chaos. Fun.

Why the long face? Why the dark cloud?

Two years after using this column to predict the Dodgers would be the best team in baseball history, your humble prognosticator would like to tweak that, but only slightly.


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