After changing his GM horse, and his approach to owning a Major League baseball team, it seemed that Frank McCourt was finally getting to a point that he understood what it takes to consistently put a competitive team on the field. His first choice of GM, Paul DePodesta, suggested that it was a moneyball approach in which he believed. OK, I can live with that. But then after less than two years with this strategy, he dumped the plan and went with a Sabean approach – old vets with a history of success. At least during this period of self discovery, Frank did not go “all in” by selling the farm. We have our own on the field, and a few left in the stable. McCourt came into this somewhat underfunded, and now with his personal life in shambles, we don’t know if he will land on both feet, and if those feet will even have shoes on them after Jamie and her lawyers are done.
As for where we stand as of this moment and to continue yesterdays thread:
I don’t put Pierre in the same category as Schmidt and Jones. Pierre was a guy who came to play everyday and without him last year, do the Dodgers get to the finish line in first place? I think not.
But H I agree with the general premise of your post. We are treading water and the reason we are is because of the mess in which our owner finds himself. I don’t think any of us are whining about it, we are just frustrated that the owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, one of the most storied and valuable franchises in Major League Baseball, is in this precarious position.
And I have a fundamental disagreement with the idea that having money to spend, and spending it, doesn’t guarantee success. Sure, it doesn’t guarantee a championship, but take a look at the teams that have a lot of money and compare their success to the franchises that don’t. Every now and then a team like Tampa sneaks into the fun zone of the play-offs, but the teams that always have a chance or the ones with the high payrolls. This coming year who you gonna bet on? – the Yankees, Red Sox and the Mets, or the Nationals, Pirates and Padres.
The Dodgers should be in the running every year, and frankly they have been for a couple of years now. I think if we are honest with ourselves, we knew we didn’t have the best team in the NL last year. We had a shot, and that is all fans ask for, but the Phillies are better and deserved to be there the last two years. To tell the truth, I wasn’t so confident in the series against the Cards. They had better starting pitching than we did.
Again, I am just frustrated that our owner is handcuffed. We won’t know much about the end game of this situation until June. We watch as other franchises spend the money and make the trades that improve their chances while two of our best players walk without offers or compensation for their leaving. Maddening.