August 5, 2021

Los Angeles Dodgers heading to playoffs for eighth straight season (ESPN)

The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team in Major League Baseball to clinch a spot in the postseason when they defeated the San Diego Padres 7-5 on Wednesday.

The victory in San Diego secured an eighth consecutive trip to the playoffs, marking the third-longest playoff streak in MLB history, trailing only that of the 1991-2005 Atlanta Braves (14) and the 1995-2007 New York Yankees (13).

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts wasn’t aware that his team clinched until he was asked about it after the game.

It was long considered a foregone conclusion for the Dodgers, whose 35-15 record is the best in the majors. Roberts said clinching was “a first step.”

Dustin May, who threw 5 1/3 innings out of the bullpen Wednesday, confirmed that as part of COVID-19 protocols, MLB doesn’t want teams having wild clubhouse celebrations after clinching.

Asked if the Dodgers had a celebration, he said: “No. We’re not allowed to.” But clinching a postseason spot “is something you grind for for the whole season,” he said.

“This season is different, but we had to grind in the quarantine zone, so you’re still going to feel super excited,” May said.

Said Roberts: “I’m celebrating by saying I’m proud of…

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