There have been many seasons where the Dodger fans wondered whether they would have a winning season. There have been times when the fans were frustrated and angry. They do not understand why the owners have been unwilling or unable to sign better players. They are tired of the bitterness and petty bickering between Beans and Franks.
The fans have many anxieties regarding the 2010 season. Will they be able to afford season tickets? Will they be able to afford a single ticket? Many fans are struggling but encouraged. Mark has never been more hopeful then he is tonight. Despite the hardships the Team is strong. In this new decade the Dodger management will embody our hopes.
It all begins with the budget. First the Dodger must increase the revenue and decrease expenses. One thing that we all hate is the spin from management and the deferred salaries. Most of the high salaried players have been released. If the Dodgers can afford to pay big bonuses to the players than they should also reduce the ticket prices for the fans that keep the team financially alive. The hot dogs should be 65% cheaper. Prices should be cut on 25% of the merchandise.
The Dodger management has done much for the fans. Maybe they should promise not to raise prices a single dime this coming year. There is not a single fan that is now unable to afford a ticket. All union employees are now able to afford to buy at least one ticket per year. A Dodger stimulus bill should provide all you can eat in more areas of the stadium.
The fans send daily e-mails to the blog hoping for an increase in the Dodger Budget. The true engine for World Series winners will always be dedication of the players and intelligent coaching decisions. It all begins with the young players receiving proper instruction in the low minors. When you talk to these young players they tell us that all of the salaries go to the free agents. Why not give 30 million each year to each minor league and development budget? Why not increase the daily food allowance for all minor league players. There is no reason why the dodgers should have only 2 of the top 100 prospects in the minors. More of the budgets should be allocated to player development.
Bonuses should be paid to players who keep their weight done and perform their core exercises.
The fans are hurting for a World Series title. They only way to win is to lay a firm foundation for the future. The Dodgers can not afford a player development bubble caused by lucky drafts picking. How long will player development be on hold? How long must we wait for a World Series title? The Red Sox are not waiting, the Yankees are not waiting. They do not settle for second place. We do not accept second place for the dodgers any longer. We want a World Series title.
It is time to get serious. I am not interested in punishing the owners. The owners must guard against the same poor contracts given to injured players. They can not afford this risk any longer. If the direction of management does not change then all fans should protest by not purchasing season tickets.
Last year investment in Camelback Ranch was a good start for player development. But in order to create better players in the minor league system the Dodgers must develop new off shore areas for player development, continued investment in the Orient, and yes hiring a new coaching staff.
The team must seek new batting styles and pitching styles in order to compete with the rest of the teams. Only success should be rewarded. More incentive contracts should be offered to players. World class player development is needed for the future success of the young players. Just being drafted does not guarantee that a player will get to the majors.
A task force should be created so that every fan can have access to at least game per year. Millions of fans should be allowed to attend one game per year. Each fan should be allowed a ticket credit so that if they only purchase one ticket per year the price will be reduced 25 percent.
I am not taking on these issues because I want any praise from the fans. No I am writing this article in order to assist the fans in their attempt to express their long held desire to have they Dodger management fund the budget and make the proper player and personnel choices so that the Dodgers will win another World Series title. Perhaps the fans have not expressed their thoughts to management properly. We all take part of the blame. We will not walk away from the Dodgers and neither should any of the fans.
Every fan should prepare their thoughts for improving the Dodgers and submit their ideas via mail, internet, or pony express. – Written by Ken