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Dodgers players reportedly want Adrian Gonzalez to stay away from team during World Series

Alex Reimer
October 30, 2017 - 10:33 am

Game 5 between the Astros and Dodgers was one of the most exhilarating World Series games ever. Unfortunately for Adrian Gonzalez, he was told to stay away. 

The injured first baseman was not with the Dodgers for the first two rounds of the playoffs and also spent some time this month vacationing in Italy. Gonzalez, who will turn 36 next May, received permission from the team to take the trip.

Though Gonzalez is back in the U.S., his teammates don’t want him around. The Los Angeles Times reports some members of the Dodgers were upset he was on the field in uniform prior to Games 2 and 3, which Los Angeles lost. Manager Dave Roberts insinuated he spoke with Gonzalez prior to Saturday in order to avoid creating a further distraction. The Dodgers went 47-44 when Gonzalez was on the roster this season and 57-14 when he was off it. 

Gonzalez is owed $22.4 million next year, but it appears as if the Dodgers will be content just eating that money, thanks to the emergence of Cody Bellinger. The rookie made the All-Star Game this season. 

Five years ago, Gonzalez was thought to be the reason why the Dodgers decided to take on Carl Crawford’s and Josh Beckett’s salaries. But he’s contributed to their World Series run just as much as they have.