It was not a year to remember for Chris Taylor
An injury plagued season that limited Chris Taylor to 118 games will now hope to be a distant memory for the outfielder. Taylor struggled mightily but just one season prior the infielder/outfielder was named to his first All-Star game.
Taylor now has a chance to get his confidence back and is primed to move past his down 2022 season and step up in a big way for LA.
With the Dodgers losing several key players this offseason, Taylor is next in line to step up not only his game but his leadership. The young guys will turn to the veteran Taylor more than ever.
Earlier this week on Spectrum’s Access Dodgers show on SportsNetLA, he talked about the young up and coming core expected to play a big part in LA’s success. He also discussed his struggles from a season ago and how he just couldn’t get back on track no matter what he tried.
“It’s just one of those things. I think it’s very common in baseball, not many guys do it year in and year out. And last year was the first year for me that I was really struggling to have that consistency that I’d had in years past. And my mechanics were a little out of tune all season.”
Over a grueling 162 game season, it’s never easy knowing you can’t find your groove. It’s even harder when you think you won’t be able to find it again.
“Constantly searching, which is, if you ask any baseball player, that’s a terrible feeling to have. And then I had some injuries that were on and off and definitely, individually a year I’d like to put behind me. And I’m really hoping to bounce back strong this year and hopefully I can put it in the past.”
With more opportunities comes higher chances of Taylor bouncing back. The goal is for the Dodgers to be a playoff aspired team and Taylor may need to get back to his All-Star for those aspirations to come into fruition.