First and foremost, I am going to say that I disagree with the Los Angeles City Council almost entirely. Wanting the Dodgers to get their justice is one thing, but this is beyond irrational. Their efforts could aid Major League Baseball in potentially vacating the Houston Astros 2017 World Series title in which they earned it over the Dodgers, but what exactly does that accomplish?
The Dodgers may have deserved the World Series title, but it is in the past. The Dodgers simply should not be awarded the title. It’s not feasible and it is not collegiate sports. This is fairly similar to when Dodger fans requested that MLB award the 2011 MVP award to Matt Kemp after Ryan Braun was convicted of using performance enhancing drugs. They didn’t change the ruling just like they will not in this situation.
You can make your own judgments regarding the Los Angeles City Council’s ruling, of course, but that’s my opinion on the matter.
The Los Angeles Times wrote up on their own column on the matter as well. Below is the full document submitted to MLB by the council.
In light of the cheating scandals that have enveloped the Red Sox and Astros, three members of the LA City Council want MLB to retroactively award the 2017 and 2018 World Series trophies to the Dodgers pic.twitter.com/MgIeFnjl0J
— Steven Sharp (@EstebanCortante) January 15, 2020
Councilman Gil Cedillo stated the following and in doing so, he is making the city of Los Angeles look desperate. It looks like an act of desperation for all of those involved:
“This is an equity and justice thing. Who was the best team in 2017? Who was the best team in 2018? It was the Dodgers. They got beat by teams that were cheating.”
First of all, the Dodgers were not the best team in baseball in 2018. Even if the Red Sox had cheated, they got destroyed in a five-game series. The Astros represent a different story — the Dodgers likely would have won that series.
At this point it honestly seems as if the city of Los Angeles is desperate and they likely had no input from the Dodgers’ organization themselves. Ask yourself, do you think Dave Roberts, Andrew Friedman, or any of the players from that 2017 club to want this outcome? Sure, they might dream of it, but it ruins a certain aspect of the situation if this were done.
In all likelihood, this will get shot down by Major League Baseball without them even batting an eye.