I was at the Pacers/Heat game yesterday and I couldn’t help but notice the signs all over the place – “Built, Not Bought!” In the Midwest we take pride in building something the right way… from the ground up. We admire “homegrown talent” and shrewd signings and trades. You don’t overpay. You draft players like Paul George, Lance Stephenson and Roy Hibbert and watch them get better every year. You trade for guys like George Hill who are just “good dudes” and you sign guys like the “BAD MAN” David West and you are close to a championship. We hate the Yankees and admire frugality and economy. I have a friend who is worth over $200 million and his best car is a Toyota Camry. He’s a salt-of-the-earth guy. We dig that. We abhor big government and big waste. We abhor LeBron James and the Heat… and we are going to kick their asses!
I was reading an article at Dodgers Digest the other day where Daniel Brim talked about that the Dodgers outfield is only a problem if you hate great production. What if a person hates looking like a fool for paying a lot more than any other team? The Dodgers are paying their outfielders about $67 million a year. Yes, the Dodgers are the best in baseball at wRC+ (barely), but the next three teams spend less (COMBINED) than the Dodgers. All the TOP 6 teams spend less than half of what the Dodgers spend, except for the Giants who spend a little mere than half ($35 million). The Dodgers spend more than any other team EVER in the history of baseball in payroll and their outfield is the highest paid in all of baseball… by a HUGE margin!
And they still have a 23-22 record. One game above .500 for the highest paid team EVER in the history of baseball!
I hear it all the time from other fans about how stupid the Dodgers are… and it’s all true. Sadly, it’s true!
The biggest mistake the Guggenheim Group made was not cleaning house and building from within. Colletti and Mattingly should have been shown the door. I championed Brad Ausmus, but nooooooo, Stan Kasten stuck with the incumbents. Shoot, I would have loved Dan Evans as GM. I like A-Gone, but if the Dodgers had not traded for Gonzo, Crawford and Beckett they could have had a team that wasn’t saddled with huge salary problems and the wrong mix of players.
Ned Colletti has made too many unforgivable dope-fiend moves and Don Mattingly is outclassed! It’s time for a clean slate. The Dodgers need a Chief Baseball Officer, like Tony LaRussa who is now with the D-Backs. Bring in that guy – Kasten is the business guy – and watch the turnaround.
Now, some of you will say “It’s only been a couple of years. The Dodgers need time.” BS – How much time did the Red Sox need? They didn’t overspend. Overspending seldom works. They just won… and win they did!
By the way, Frank McCourt has won the same number of World Series as Guggs & Company.