April 4, was a much anticipated day for Major League Baseball fans across the world, as it marked the official start of the 2016 baseball season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired a 15-0 win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, setting a record for the largest shutout victory in Major League history, according to the Elias Census Bureau. This is also recorded as the Dodgers largest opening day victory, and the Padres worst opening day shutout loss.
Clayton Kershaw, has been the starting pitcher for the Dodgers Opening Day debut for the last five years and has consecutively won each time. He had an impressive seven one-hit innings and struck out nine Padre players, immediately starting the team off on the right track.
Scott Kazmir, had his National League debut with the Dodgers on April 5. Kazmir led his new team to their second win of the season over the Padres with a 3-0 victory. Kazmir gave up only one hit and retired seventeen.
Kenta Maeda, pitcher for the Dodgers, made his MLB debut on April 6 and led the Dodgers to a 7-0 victory over the Padres. Sweeping the Padres and beginning the 2016 season with three straight shutout games. The Dodgers now join the 1953 Cardinals in the record book for being the only team in MLB history to open the year with three shutout games.
Under new management, the Dodger’s franchise looks improved and equipped for the new baseball season. After being managed by Don Mattingly for the 2011-2015 season, Dave Roberts took over and seems to have an accurate understanding of the Dodgers already. Dave Roberts has experience playing with the Cleveland Indians, Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, and the San Francisco Giants. His extensive record is an immediate sign that he will do great things for the Dodgers franchise this season.
The Dodgers have acquired new players this season including: Rob Segedin, Lou Coleman, Ross Stripling, and Joe Blanton that are projected to be positive attributions to the team.
The Dodgers survived 31 scoreless innings, but let up six runs on April 7 against the San Francisco Giants. This is the Dodgers first loss of the season, but luckily they still have 158 games left to play.
This will also be a memorable season for the franchise as it is the final year Vin Scully will be the voice of the Dodgers. At age 88, and 67 seasons broadcasting for the Dodgers, Scully is retiring. To commemorate his phenomenal career, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously last week to change the name of Elysian Park Avenue to Vin Scully Avenue.
The Dodgers are looking forward to a year filled with victories, new records, and a memorable last year with the legendary Vin Scully.