Last night I watched the “2020 Capital 1 Premier Plays of the Year” and I was pleased to see a ton of Dodger plays listed on this countdown. In year’s past, the Dodgers have been forgotten or snubbed in these top lists but this year I was happy to see a high volume of Dodger plays included. They missed 2 or 3 plays and the number 1 play of the year should have been Julio Urias striking out Willy Adames. Other than that, the list was pretty good.
I have only included the Dodger plays appearing on the list and have excluded all the other team’s plays. I will provide a link where you can watch the full list at the end of this summary. These were the Dodger plays that were included in the top 100 list:
#100 Will Smith hits a homerun against Will Smith of the Braves in a clutch home run during the NLCS game 5.
#82 Victor Gonzalez catches a line drive up the middle against the Rays. He snags it, turns and throws to Kike for a double play in game 1 of the World Series.
#74 Justin Turner picks a ball to his left with a dive, gets up, then throws to Max Muncy to get Diaz from the Rays in game 1 of the World Series.
#57 Bellinger hits a home run against the Reds in August to break a record for most home runs in any month by any team ever in the National League.
#52 In the bottom of the 9th inning, Chris Taylor catches a ball in left field and throws to Will Smith to get Grisham of the Padres out at home who was trying to tag up. This was the final out to end the game. Talk about a walk off.
#18 Mookie has a 3-home run game against the Padres in the regular season.
#13 Mookie makes his 2nd leaping catch against the Braves in the NLCS robbing the 2020 National League MVP Freddie Freeman of a home run.
#11 Bellinger’s home run against the Braves in Game 7 of the NLCS. This home run gave the Dodgers a 4-3 lead and proved to be the Game Winning RBI to send the Dodgers to the World Series.
#8 Mookie climbs the wall up high to catch an Ozuna shot high up on the wall in the NLCS.
#4. Bellinger’s Leaping catch in center field to rob Fernando Tatis in the NLCS. Somebody call the police. Bellinger is wanted for highway robbery.
#1 Mookie throws out Marte of the D’Backs at third base from around the right field line on a perfect throw to Corey Seager.
Which Dodger play from the top 100 list was your favorite play of the year? Is there another play that did not make the list? I was happy with the list but there are a few plays that should have been added in my opinion.
The Dodgers putting up 11 runs in one inning against the Braves was a historic inning. They broke the record for most runs scored in one inning during the playoffs. This could have replaced some other accomplishments that made the list. Mookie and Abreu hitting 3 home runs in a regular season game is great for individual stats but what the Dodgers did in that record inning required a full team effort by everyone in the lineup, 1 through 9. Hundreds of players have hit 3 home runs in a game. Is it better than this 11-run first inning in the playoffs? No way.
Turner’s 5-2-5-6 Double Play in game 7 of the NLCS against the Braves has to go down as one of the most heads up plays in Dodger lore. The highlight reels normally get populated by walk off home runs and at times crucial game changing plays are shelved away. Justin did get a spot in the countdown. His game 1 World Series dive to his left made the top 100 list. I feel his 5-2-5-6 should have been there instead due to the importance, the athleticism, and IQ required to complete that play. In the first place, Dodger fans are used to JT making those kinds of plays to his left. The 5-2-5-6 double play saved our behinds from getting eliminated. Not only that, but the 5-2-5-6 is a rare double play. More importantly, it stopped the Braves from extending their lead. They had 2nd and 3rd with no outs and the Dodgers were down 3-2. This double play could have easily taken the place of his World Series dive to the left.
Mookie Bett’s shoestring catch was also left off this list. Mookie got to the ball, threw home, saw Marcell Ozuna score, only to be ruled out because he did not tag up. This was another one of the many big plays in the World Series.
We also saw Kershaw pitch at an elite level at every step of the way. He also won 2 games in the World Series. We could have just put him down for his World Series performance or we could have added him for that important pick off play of Margot at home. Margot tried to steal, Muncy brought attention to the Clayton, Kershaw trusted him, stepped off and got Margot out. Killed a possible rally in a tight game.
Corey Seager. What else can I say? When was the last time a Dodger won the MVP award in the NLCS and in the World Series? Oh wait, that’s right, 1988. Orel Hersheiser pitched himself into the record books in 1988 and helped them win the World Series. Corey did the same thing, except he did it on the offensive side. He was a beast. The only thing that Corey did not do was win the MVP during the regular season whereas Orel also won the Cy Young Award. Surely, Corey’s performance should have earned him a spot on this list.
Lastly, the number 1 play for Dodger Nation was Julio Urias finishing up the last 3 innings in game 6 of the World Series to strike out Adames. The Padres clinching their first playoff spot in many years made it to this list. The Marlins making it to the playoffs also made it to this list. So why not Urias striking out Adames?
Before the show ended, the producers did add a video homage to the Dodgers winning the World Series. In there was a small little clip of Urias getting the final out. There was absolutely no play on that top 100 list that was celebrated as loud, and as long as that final pitch. I heard of an old man who stood up after being in a wheelchair his whole life. In East LA electric cars were doing donuts. They say one lady had the Rona and she scared the virus out of her body. Total lies, but yes, it felt good.
As far as the final pitch of the year, there was no other play that created so much joy and elation. I am getting chills typing this and some of you are probably feeling that same joy as you read this final sentence. It would have been nice to have it as the number 1 play of the year. That strike out will be number 1 on the list for Dodger fans for many years to come. If you would like to see the full list of the top 100 plays of 2020, then click here.