Dodgers back to work, months after falling a game short

From FOX Sports - February 18, 2018

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)The Los Angeles Dodgers entered spring training with five consecutive NL West titles and a major league-high 473 victories in that span.

It is not enough for a team that was so close to winning it all in 2017.

You can sense the hunger in this clubhouse, said Enrique Hernandez, noting that the majority of the Dodgers position players arrived days ahead of the required reporting date.

The first full-squad workout was set for Monday.

We have five straight division titles and pretty much nothing to show for it besides the National League championship. This core of position players has been together for a few years now, he said Sunday.

I think it is a cumulative thing that has been growing for years. Getting so close to it last year and seeing the other team celebrate at our home stadium, maybe thats the last bit of fuel that we needed to make that fire burn. Were ready, he said.

The Dodgers added old friend Matt Kemp to basically the same position player group that took them to a major league-most 104 victories and Game 7 of a captivating World Series against Houston last year.

Trading deadline addition Yu Darvish signed with the Cubs, but the bulk of the rotation also returned.

The Dodgers had an NL-best 3.38 ERA in 2017 before falling one game short of their first World Series title since the Orel Hershiser/Kirk Gibson 1988 team.

Gibson has been invited to throw out the first pitch in the season opener this year, perhaps symbolic of the teams expectations.


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