The Los Angeles Dodgers made some major changes in their personnel department, thus far during the off-season by acquiring Joe Torre and his crew from New York. However, the Dodgers will not be serious contenders unless they can amplify their offensive threat. I have come up with a compilation of matters that should be considered before the columnists all declare the Dodgers as possible World Series candidates.
There is a reunion in Los Angeles and the Dodgers are quietly forming into a contender. After hiring former Red Sox manager Grady Little to fill their skipper role and replace Jim Tracy, the Los Angeles Dodgers already looked better on paper.
Little, with a record of 188-136 in two seasons with the Red Sox, is a players’ manager, a guy that keeps things on course and consistently rights a bobbing ship. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, Grady Little saw the reasons the Dodgers struggled so much last year: injuries and lack of experience.
By Jon Morrill
Dear Dodger Fans,
Rejoice! Your ball club, led by newly appointed GM Ned Coletti, has taken two big steps towards getting back in the ring for the rematch against your cross-town brethren, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, whom you once had stuck in a headlock for so, so long. Not only have your beloved boys in blue signed one of the most underrated free agents on the market this off-season (how A.J. Burnett all of a sudden became the savior of baseball is beyond me) in 2003 AL Batting Champ 3B Bill Mueller; but you also picked up the first real leadoff threat to come to DodgerTown since Brett Butler in SS Rafael Furcal. So not only have you added some real pop to your lineup with the switch hitting antics of Mueller and the dynamic Furcal, but you’ve also upgraded the left side of your infield considerably. Add that to the fact that once Cesar Izturis comes back from Tommy John elbow surgery after the All-Star Break, he’ll probably take over at second base, shuffling Jeff Kent over to first; you’ll have 4 All-Star caliber players patrolling your infield. In addition to all of that going on, the Dodgers are also said to be in the running for landing Nomar Garciaparra, who apparently now can play any position on the baseball diamond–any position but shortstop.
Have you ever wanted to give the owner of your favorite team a piece of your mind? Avery Smith decided to write a letter to Frank McCourt, owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and didn’t hold anything back.