The Dodgers are World Series champions for the first time since 1988 because they seized their moment when Snell’s dominant Game 6 outing was controversially cut short Tuesday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington. With a sudden offensive awakening against Rays reliever Nick Andersonin the sixth inning, the Dodgers won, 3-1, to claim their long-awaited crown and complete their domination of the shortest, strangest season in Major League Baseball history.

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“This team was incredible all throughout the year, all throughout the postseason, all throughout the quarantine,” said Corey Seager, who drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth and became the eighth player to win the League Championship Series MVP and World Series MVP in the same year. “We never stopped. We were ready to go as soon as the bell was called. And once it did, we kept rolling.”

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It was a 2020 season of unprecedented challenges for all involved — right up until its final game, when the World Series champs’ starting third baseman, Justin Turner, was pulled prior to the eighth inning after receiving the results of a positive COVID-19 test midgame.

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On the flip side was Randy Arozarena, who overcame a month of COVID-necessitated quarantine to become the Rays’ surprise October hero (his first-inning homer in Game 6 was his record 10th of the postseason).Dodgers accept 2020 WS trophy

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Dodgers accept 2020 WS trophy

And yet, for all the unpredictability and obstacles, the Dodgers, winners of eight straight National League West titles and losers of the 2017 and ’18 World Series, ended up right where so many expected when they pushed in their chips last offseason and placed Mookie Betts in their already loaded lineup.

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They hoisted the Commissioner’s Trophy for the first time in a generation.Dave Roberts on winning the WS

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Dave Roberts on winning the WS

“This is our year,” manager Dave Roberts said during the on-field celebration, in front of an intentionally limited number of attendees at Globe Life Field. “We said it. This is our year. Everyone in this ballpark wearing Dodger blue, everyone all over the world wearing Dodger blue, never wavered. This is our year.”

After a coronavirus surge in the States dramatically reshaped the length and look of the MLB regular season, the Dodgers mercilessly ran through their shuffled schedule with a .717 winning percentage (43-17) — the fifth highest of the Modern Era, albeit in a 60-game season.Corey Seager named WS MVP

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Corey Seager named WS MVP

When a new-look postseason format asked more of the division winners, the Dodgers ran roughshod over the Brewers in the NL Wild Card Series and the division-rival Padres in the NL Division Series, and then overcame a 3-1 deficit against the Braves in the NL Championship Series.

And when the Rays threatened to push this neutral-site World Series to a Game 7 behind Arozarena’s early homer and Snell’s fantastic first two turns through the order, the Dodgers pounded down the door the minute it was cracked ajar.LA takes advantage of Snell hook

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LA takes advantage of Snell hook

That moment arrived in the sixth inning.

It’s the moment that will forever define this Game 6.Cash, Rays players on WS loss

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Cash, Rays players on WS loss

With one out, Snell allowed a line-drive single to Austin Barnes — just the third ball he had let out of the infield in 5 1/3 innings of wowing work in which all of his pitches were on point. Snell had thrown only 73 pitches and allowed only two hits.

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“I believe in me, I believe in what I was doing,” said a disappointed Snell, who also racked up nine strikeouts through four innings. “I didn’t walk anybody. For most of that game, man, I was dominating every outcome possible.”

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{via Major League Baseball – Press Release}