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Your Semi-Favorite Year
2005-02-10 11:15
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Name your favorite year of Dodger baseball in which the team didn't win a World Series.

I'm going with 1985 - the year of Pedro Guerrero's homer-bashing June, a great team that just missed.

(If you look at Baseball-Reference.com, you'll notice that Guerrero did not lead the Dodgers in games played at any of his five defensive positions in '85 - yet posted an OPS+ of 181. This might have been the greatest utility season of all time - at least if good defense was not required.

What a ballplayer Guerrero was. No way Willie McGee should have beaten him for National League Most Valuable Player.

Orel Hershiser also had a season that compares more than favorably with his legendary 1988. In 1985, Hershiser went 19-3 with a 2.03 ERA.

Anyway, it's 1985 for me. What about you?

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