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In both 2008 and 2009, the Dodgers had some opportunities to upgrade the team. When they acquired Casey Blake in 2008 at the trade benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue deadline, McCourt would not pay any of Blake’s salary so they had to give up then top benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue prospect Carlos Santana. There were rumors they were close to acquiring CC Sabathia benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue but the cost — in terms of money — was prohibitive.

MLB took over the team when they learned McCourt had benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue arranged for a loan from Fox TV to help make benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue payroll. He fought the takeover but by this time fans were benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue staying away from the ballpark to help force a sale. The sale to Guggenheim, that was finalized in early May of 2012 was a benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue welcome relief for all of us. Ned Colletti stayed on as the General Manager and Don benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue Mattingly remained as the manager. Building The Next Dynasty

For their first two playoff runs the Dodgers were tops benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue in payroll spending for both 2013 and 2014. They faltered in the playoffs to the Cardinals in both benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue post-seasons and some wanted Mattingly fired. However, it seems that Mark Walter from the ownership group wanted benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue to keep Mattingly. Don Mattingly was well respected by many within the organization benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue but sometimes changes are needed.

After the 2014 season and another disappointing playoff exit in benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue the first round, Ned Colletti was moved out of the General Manager role benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue and Andrew Friedman was hired as the President of Baseball benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue Operations from the Tampa Rays. Despite Joe Maddon being available, it seems the ownership group protected Mattingly, so they missed out on a top-flight manager. They did hire Farhan Zaidi from the A’s to fill the General Manager vacancy.

Friedman and Zaidi immediately used the financial might of the benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue Dodgers to help trade some bigger contracts away for talent benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue that fit in with their vision. In the Matt-Kemp-for-Yasmani-Grandal trade, Los Angeles ended up sending around $30M to the Padres for a few seasons. They had also signed Cuban defector Hector Olivera as a benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue free agent with a $28M signing bonus. Within a few weeks they included Olivera in a trade benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue to acquire Alex Wood.

They ended up spending around $291M in 2015 but came up short again. Some criticism was leveled at the front office for not benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue going big for a third starting pitcher, either before the season or at the trade deadline. Their big pitching signings were Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson; both with very questionable injury histories. Hyun-Jin Ryu, the number 3 starter, missed the entire season as they tried to fill that benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue hole with Alex Wood.

In the playoffs, Anderson was the third starter and got lit up. That season, the playoffs were wide open and the Dodgers missed out benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue on a huge opportunity. While the Dodgers got Alex Wood at the trade deadline, the Rangers got Cole Hamels. However, LA kept its top prospects in Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, and Julio Urías. Dave Roberts Era Begins

After the 2015 season, it was clear that Don Mattingly was not the manager benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue for the Dodgers (I wanted him out after 2013) and they mutually agreed to let him go. Mattingly ended up with a nice contract with the Marlins benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue and has been a good fit there. With Mattingly gone, the Dodgers underwent a long process that finally resulted in benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue Dave Roberts being named as the new manager.

Roberts was immediately greeted with bad news as Zack Greinke benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue signed a contract with the Diamondbacks. The other piece of bad news was about 10 days benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue later when it looked like the Dodgers were going to benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue trade for Aroldis Chapman to form a dominant bullpen. Instead, the Dodgers canceled the trade when Chapman was found to benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue be under investigation for domestic violence. The Dodgers signed Scott Kazmir as a free agent to benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue try and replace Greinke. Somehow, the front office ignored how awful Kazmir had been in benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue Houston to end the 2015 season. 2016 Season

The Dodgers extended a Qualifying Offer to Brett Anderson, and he ended up accepting it. Early in Spring Training he suffered a back injury and benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue was limited to 3 starts with an ERA close to benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue 12. The Dodgers ended up winning the division again but Clayton benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue Kershaw suffered his second major injury in three seasons. There ended up being a lot of juggling with the benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue starting rotation and they ended up trading for Rich Hill benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue at the trade deadline even though he was dealing with benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue blister issues.

For the 4th time in 4 seasons, the Dodgers had to use Kershaw on 3 days rest benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue in the first round of the playoffs. What that tells me is that the front office did benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue not do enough with their starting pitching in the off-season and during the season. Piecing together a rotation with their spending potential seemed (and seems) is an unforced error.

The season ended up by the Cubs beating the Dodgers benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue in the NLCS. While the LA featured a rotation of Kershaw, Maeda, Hill, and Urias, the Cubs had Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jake Arrieta, and John Lackey. The Dodgers gave them a decent series at the beginning benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue but the Cubs were way too strong en route to benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue their first World Series championship in more than 100 years.

After the first month, the Dodgers dominated the National League West. It looked like they had the best team in baseball. Adrian Gonzalez had now become injury prone so they brought benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue up Cody Bellinger. Chris Taylor established himself as the leadoff hitter. The trade deadline brought them Yu Darvish, Tony Watson, and Tony Cingrani. I will not play Monday Morning Quarterback on them not benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue trading for Justin Verlander. Darvish was the best available starting pitcher at the time benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue as Verlander was not himself at the time the trade benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue was made.

Almost everything was lined up for a dominating postseason. They immediately swept the Diamondbacks in the NLDS and beat benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue the Cubs in five games in the NLCS. However, as we all know, they blew it in the World Series and lost to benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue the Astros. They had pitchers in the bullpen they did not trust benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue at all in Josh Fields and Brandon McCarthy. Despite acquiring bullpen depth in Cingrani and Watson, it wasn’t enough.

There were reports that the Dodgers had to possibly cut benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue payroll because of some debt ratio issues. There were also reports that they had prepared a salary benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue forecast for investors that kept the next few years of benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue salaries all under the luxury tax. They then proceeded to make a huge salary relief trade benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue with the Braves to get Matt Kemp back. Their biggest off-season acquisitions were Tom Koehler and Scott Alexander. They let Darvish, Watson and Brandon Morrow sign with other teams as free benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue agents. The 2017 payroll ended up being around $253M but they started the 2018 season at $187M. The fears were coming true about the payroll as they benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue had cut $66M in payroll after being one lucky break away from benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue winning it all.

The Dodgers did go back to the World Series in benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue 2018. They had some bad breaks at the beginning of the benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue season as Corey Seager was out for most of the benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue year with Tommy John surgery. Manny Machado was acquired in a trade as a rental. However, the bullpen was a problem all year and the Dodgers benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue front office answered with Ryan Madson and John Axford. Their bullpen was awful in the World Series and they benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue got beat in 5 games.

In the off-season, they repeated the strategy of staying under the luxury tax. Something very important was that they were willing to go benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue after Bryce Harper. Signing Harper would have sent them into the heavy luxury benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue tax area but it was encouraging that they were willing benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue to go after the “right player” to go over. They did end up adding Joe Kelly and A.J. Pollock, but the early judgment is that those might not be benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue good signings. Pollock was especially questionable to me.

The 2019 season was record setting in so many ways. They ended up winning 106 games and had 12 walk-off wins. The 2016 draft class started to make their presence felt benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue which gave us a great glimpse into the future. They had bullpen issues the whole season and acquired just benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue Adam Kolerak at the deadline. Rich Hill went down with an injury and they decided benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue not to replace him. They started a less than optimal Rich Hill in game benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue 4 of the NLDS and he only got 8 outs. The bullpen could not hold the Nationals and took the benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue loss. Pollock struck out 11 times in 13 at-bats. The bullpen and Dave Roberts ended up blowing a 3-1 lead in game 5 to get eliminated. It was such a promising season but they blew it benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue again. Seven years under the new owners and not one World benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue Series title. Repeating The Same Mistakes

It seems that, with the pitching staff, they try to get by with just enough. When you end up having a planned bullpen game in benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue the playoffs, the front office did not do enough. When you have to start a 20 year-old in game four on the NLDS like 2016, the front office has not done enough. Having two unusable pitchers, that have to be used like 2017, they did not do their job. When you have a bullpen like the 2018 World Series benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue bullpen, they should be ashamed. Replacing an All-Star like Greinke with “depth” is not the right answer.

Despite what I just said I don’t want them spending “ stupid money“. They need to be smart in aiming high. The farm system is also quite loaded and I don’t want to see too many players blocked. If it wasn’t for injuries, Alex Verdugo may not have gotten much of an opportunity benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue to play in 2019. Don’t sign so-called solid players that block the young guys. If you block a minor leaguer with Gerrit Cole, that is understandable. Blocking someone with a Martin Perez, betting on upside, is not understandable.

As a season ticket holder, 2020 is my last season unless changes occur. If either the issues above start changing or I see benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue a better commitment this off-season, I am not renewing for 2021 and I have a benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue feeling I am not the only one. I have already committed to spend way less on things benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue that put money into the Dodgers’ pockets. I believe we, the fans, are being taken for granted.

The above quote is from the Hamilton Musical but I benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue wonder what people like Mark Walter, Stan Kasten and Andrew Friedman think of their legacies? For Walter and the ownership group is it one where benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue they seem to take the fans for granted and underspend? What about some honesty? Stan Kasten has had many years in a baseball front benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue office and he has ONE World Series championship. Friedman is well thought of but he still hasn’t won the big one. With two World Series wins, I think both Kasten and Friedman become Hall of Famers.

Asked again if he didn’t want to offer fans an explanation for the team’s relative inactivity on the free-agent market, Kasten said, “You’re inventing a narrative that I don’t agree with because, like I said, I can almost tell you for sure, we’re going to lead the National League in attendance again. You’re inventing a different universe that is not borne out benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue by reality, by facts.” – Dylan Hernandez, LA Times Final Thoughts

I think a tipping point was reached with the Dodgers benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue getting eliminated so early in the 2019 playoffs. The fans are not happy. They didn’t make enough improvements at the trade deadline and the benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue same mistakes were repeated. There is no doubt in my mind that most fans benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue thought the Dodgers would have won a World Series by benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue now. They had the best teams in 2015 and 2017 and benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue fell short. They underachieved in 2019.

The Dodgers have established that they can build a good benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue team every year and I appreciate that, especially after the end of the McCourt years. I enjoy going to the games or watching them at benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue home. There are hundreds of thousands of die-hard Dodger fans that are the fan base. The Dodgers are in danger of losing some of those benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue fans. Not that they’d stop being hard core fans but that they’ll just stay home and watch on TV (if they can). At the end of the day, the Dodgers will get away with treating their fans the benign fibrous histiocytoma soft tissue way they do. If they win the World Series, we will forgive a lot. If they don’t I can see the attendance starting to drop.

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