LOS ANGELES— Despite having a high quality start at the beginning of the season, the Dodgers knew they wanted bigger bats and more hits to become a championship contender team. The 17-8 start by the Dodgers who quickly emerged to the top of the charts with the best record in baseball at one point, didn’t appear to appease management too much.
It didn’t take the new ownership a relatively long time to go to the drawing board. In the last two weeks, the Dodgers have added five new faces to their 40-man roster. This was a “think blue” move by Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti.
The Dodgers just became more impressive after adding players Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Randy Choate, Brandon League and Joe Blanton before the trade deadline. If you are a Dodgers fan, you’ve a lot to be jovial about. We’ve all seen the highs and lows of this ballclub, but this organization continues to prove that they want to become winners.
With the recent trades, this validates that the Dodgers are very adamant about becoming a dangerous team come postseason. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly appeared to be very contended about all the moves that has been made.
“I think we just added more depth to our roster,” Mattingly said. “We added guys that already come with creditability and I feel pretty good about it.”
Newcomer Ramirez isn’t having any difficulties fitting in with the boys in blue. He’s already had two highly noticeable plays as Dodger. Against the Giants Ramirez hit a 2-run homer and on Sunday he lined in a RBI single to seal the victory. But his performance comes as no surprise to his teammate Andre Ethier. In fact, he’s delighted to have him as a teammate.
“We knew what we were getting when we got Hanley. He’s a very special player, someone who can definitely change a game and is a difference maker,” Ethier said. “So we’re pretty fortunate to have him come over here for the rest of the season and two more years.”
With Victorino and Ramirez bats in the lineup, it takes some pressure off of centerfielder Matt Kemp. Although the Dodgers don’t have three or four huge superstars, I think with the recent pieces they’ve added, they have a better chance at competing in the postseason and also a thirty percent chance at going to the World Series.
As we all know baseball is a random sport; you can be the worse team in the league one year and come back the next year being the best team in the league. It’s basically any team’s game.
The Dodgers had a dose of that medicine last year. After falling 14 games below .500 last July, and marked as one of the worst teams in baseball; this year was the opposite. In July they were one of the best teams in the league and led the NL West with the number one spot.
Nonetheless, the remaining of the Dodgers season will be enjoyable to watch. They have added pieces that come with the power of inspiring belief and experience. It will be up to the players on how far they will go. The management has done an awesome job thus far. I’m sure this is only the beginning of a new Dodger era.