Dodgers: Which franchise legend would help the 2020 team most?

Eric Gagne and Dave Roberts, Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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19 Apr 1998: Catcher Mike Piazza of the Los Angeles Dodgers signs an autograph during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Dodgers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport /

Dodgers legend: Mike Piazza, Designated Hitter

We don’t know if baseball will return in 2020, but if it does, the designated hitter will come to the National League. While the Dodgers have plenty of internal options on their current roster to fill the new role, I can’t think of a better Dodgers legend to add to the team to play DH than Mike Piazza.

The all-time great hitting catcher was often criticized for his defensive play, but his offensive production was so good, you couldn’t take him out of the lineup. By adding Piazza to the 2020 Dodgers squad, he could play most days at DH, while occasionally spelling Will Smith or Austin Barnes behind the plate.

The steroid era makes statistics from the nineties look ridiculous, but Piazza was a career .331 hitter with the Dodgers, clobbering 177 home runs in the seven seasons he played before being shipped to the Marlins. His best season coming in 1997 when he batted .362, with 40 home runs and 124 RBIs.

Imagine a lineup with Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, and Mike Piazza, on top of everyone else? That would be fun to see. And the Dodgers would have a sure-thing DH to play everyday.

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