On September 29, 2019, the Los Angeles Dodgers, unbeaten in the final week of the regular season, scored their 106th win, breaking the franchise’s 66-year record. On October 3, 2021, after another furious winning streak at the end of the season, they did it again. And on September 28, 2022, with a 1-0 win over the San Diego Padres, they set a new mark by winning 107th, extending an already unprecedented streak. No team had three full, consecutive seasons of over 106 wins until the 2019-22 Dodgers did so every year except for the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season (when they won 43 of 60 games). regular season, scored 116 wins and eventually won the championship).
Andrew Friedman, president of the Dodgers baseball team, saw the mention of the record on social media last week and could hardly believe it.
“I hope our common goal is not only to win a championship, but to see this period as the golden age of Dodger baseball, which really says something about this legendary franchise,” Friedman said. “Seeing some of these things helps put the last few years into context. Obviously we still have a lot of work to do, but I found some of it quite overwhelming.”
The current Dodgers won’t compete for a regular season win record of 116, but they’re still on track to become the sixth team in major league history to hit 111. Their run difference of plus 322 is already fourth. largest since 1920. ; only the 1927, 1936, and 1939 New York Yankees teams were more successful.
Since 2013, when they began a 10-year streak of nine division titles, the Dodgers have won 927 regular season games in the major leagues, 72 more than the second-place Yankees. In recent years, the gap has been even greater. The Dodgers are 362-177 since the start of the 2019 season, 29 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Houston Astros. Their mileage difference on this segment is plus-1000. The closest team, the Astros, is on plus-701.
This is a historic, stunning success. Yet these Dodgers are not necessarily considered a dynasty, at least not in the conventional sense, because their prowess in the regular season rarely spills over into October, when championships are won and myths are created.