The 2015 Kansas City Royals baseball team proved that you don’t need a $300 million dollar plus payroll like the Los Angeles Dodgers to win a World Series. What a team needs is a solidly deep pitching bullpen, reliable starting pitching and great hitters in the clutch. The Dodgers and New York Mets both proved that a weaker bullpen loses games and inconsistent hitting will also lose games.
I hope the upper management for the Los Angeles Dodgers will take notice from this 2015 World Series that money doesn’t necessarily win games, but great players win games. In addition, computer analytics can hinder winning a game when it’s great pitching, battering and old-fashioned baseball playing that it takes to win. In 2014 and 2015 the Dodgers seemed to forget about playing old-time Dodger baseball with small ball and by adapting to each play as it unfolds. The management of late has appeared to become more concerned about what a computer says about a situation, overall game statistics and pitching counts regardless of how the players are playing. Of course without solid pitching from the bullpen and reliable clutch hitting, no amount of flexibility is going to win a game.
It is my opinion that when good players are left alone to play baseball and the coaching and management knows the right times to step aside, great things will happen on the field for the team. The 2015 Royals proved just that by not only winning the World Series but because they were able to come from behind to win three of the five games in the series. The 2015 Kansas City Royals are a team all baseball clubs should be watching and be taking notes on how winning baseball is played.