Creating the Los Angeles Dodgers 2010s all-decade offense

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: (L-R) Andre Ethier #16, Clayton Kershaw #22 and Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pose with their 2011 Golden Gloves before the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on April 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: (L-R) Andre Ethier #16, Clayton Kershaw #22 and Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pose with their 2011 Golden Gloves before the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on April 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 07: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of game four of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on October 07, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

The All-Decade Offense- The Infield

The infield houses some of the most interesting Dodgers of the decade, with some of the most frustrating and most fun players around.

Catcher, Yasmani Grandal– Even if he struggled enough to let Austin Barnes usurp him in the postseason during both World Series runs, his offense really did balance the Dodgers lineup for four years out of ten. He put up two 4-WAR seasons and two 5-WAR seasons thanks to his massive power from the left side.

Honorable Mention- Russell Martin (played in 2010 and 2019, book ending the decade at catcher)

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First Base- Adrian GonzalezI love Max Muncy, but his two seasons in Dodger blue don’t encapsulate as much of the decade as Gonzalez’s five-season run from 2012 to 2017. He perfectly encapsulated the decade; he was brought in by the Guggenheim group to rebuild the franchise and he was usurped by the youth movement and Cody Bellinger before he could play in the World Series for the Dodgers.

Honorable Mention- Max Muncy (has the two biggest WAR seasons for a Dodger 1B on the decade)

Second Base- Dee Gordon– Another largely important home grown Dodger, Gordon provided the Dodgers a lead-off man with 60+ steal potential (which he reached in 2014 with 64 steals). After struggling at short stop, he Flash Gordon transitioned to second base and thrived, through Friedman and the front office sold high on him and shipped him off to Miami as part of a three-team deal that netted the Dodgers Howie Kendrick.

Honorable Mention- Chase Utely (simply because he’s the Silver Fox)

Shortstop- Corey Seager– He helped the Dodgers reach their first World Series berth of the decade in 2017 and he won the Rookie of the Year award in 2016. Another home grown stud, Seager is another player poised to have a bigger 2020s decade than 2010s decade, he’ll just need to continue to improve.

Honorable Mention- Hanley Ramirez was amazing in the postseason for the Dodgers, and he helped bring a fun edge to the team, especially during his 86 game outburst in which he smacked 20 home runs in 2013. But his stay was short-lived and shortened by injuries, and he really was a third baseman for the Dodgers for all intents and purposes.

Third Base- Justin Turner– Easy choice for me, quite possibly the easiest on the offensive list outside of Kemp. Turner dominated the 2010s once he joined the Dodgers, stabilizing the playoff lineup and dominating in October to help the team reach a pair of World Series. RedTurn2 epitomized the Dodgers rise to the upper echelon of the sport, as he was a low-cost reclamation project turned superstar. Though he’s unlikely to dominate in the 2020s, he led the team in WAR (25.2) for the decade, making him quite possibly the decade MVP for the team.

Honorable Mention- Juan Uribe (almost entirely because of his monstrous homer in the NLDS that sent the Dodgers on to the NLCS in 2013, which I saw live from the left field pavilion)

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In the next set of the All-Decade team, I’ll get into the best of the bullpen and starting rotation, and don’t worry, Jonathan Broxton will be mentioned.

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