If the 2020 Major League Baseball season ever does get underway it will be a shortened season due to the Coronavirus pandemic. While owners and players continue to haggle and fight over how to pay the players and how to divide the money, it seems likely that the 2020 MLB season will be anywhere from 50-100 games in length. The players want to play 114 games evidenced by their latest counter-proposal to the owners. While the owners originally wanted to have an 82-game schedule. It is possible that there could be an even shorter schedule. The owners have floated the idea of having a season as short as a 50-60 game slate.
Since the season is going to be cut in half considerably, we should probably take a look at how the Dodgers have fared in shortened season. Since the advent of the 162-game schedule, there have been four MLB seasons that were shortened all because of player strikes. The 1972, 1981, 1994, and 1995 seasons were cut short by MLB work stoppages.
The Dodgers have usually fared pretty well in those seasons. Overall the Dodgers have posted a 284-239 record (.543 winning percentage) in short seasons which included two division titles, and a World Series Championship in 1981. The Dodgers posted a 63-47 record during that famous 1981 season en route to winning the World Series during a season where they played 110 games due to a player’s strike that wiped out 52 contests and almost two months of the middle of the campaign.
Dodger’s records and results during shortened seasons.
1972 record Result
85-70 third place in NL West
63-47 Won World Series
58-56 First Place in NL West
78-66 First Place in NL West (Lost in NLDS)