Here’s a nuts-and-bolts look back at Kenosha native Gavin Lux in the wake of his second Major League season:
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Lux ended the campaign on the turf at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas celebrating with his teammates after the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their first World Series title in 32 years with a 3-1 Game 6 win over Tampa Bay on Oct. 27.
At one point, FOX cameras caught a partially-masked Lux congratulating Dodger pitcher and future Hall-of-Famer Clayton Kershaw, who was on the winning side of a World Series for the first time in his 13-year career.
The Indian Trail graduate is the first Kenosha native to play for a World Series winner.
Some others with local ties who have played for a World Series champ are St. Joseph graduate and ex-Kenosha Twin Jarvis Brown (1991 Minnesota Twins), ex-Kenosha Twins Paul Abbott (1991 Minnesota Twins), Willie Banks (1991 Minnesota Twins), Chuck Knoblach (1991 Minnesota Twins, 1998, 1999 and 2000 New York Yankees), Scott Leius (1991 Minnesota Twins), Denny Neagle (1991 Minnesota Twins), Lenny Webster (1991 Minnesota Twins) and Damian Miller (2001 Arizona Diamondbacks), and ex-Kenosha Kroakers Joe Nelson (2004 Boston Red Sox), Andy Dominique (2004 Boston Red Sox) and Bobby Kielty (2007 Boston Red Sox).
It was an uneven 2020 regular season for Lux.
The 22-year old infielder hit .175 (11-for-63) with two homers and nine RBI in 19 games after reporting late to the Dodgers’ Summer Camp for an undisclosed reason in July.
This came on the heels of a pre-pandemic spring training in February and March where Lux was a regular at second base.
In 11 Cactus League games, Lux posted a .242 average (8-for-33) with a triple and two RBI.
Lux finally made his 2020 debut on Aug. 27 as the Dodgers were steaming to the National League West title in the midst of a truncated 60-game schedule due to the pandemic.
Despite his struggles, Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts was not down on Lux, who entered the campaign as mlb.com’s No. 2 prospect after earning Minor League Player of the Year honors from Baseball America.
“This season is very unique to everyone,” Roberts said. “I don’t think it’s fair to the player under all these circumstances, being late to summer camp and all this stuff, to classify it as a lost or a wasted season.”