The once illustrious and proud Los Angeles Dodgers franchise is now in shambles. Ownership is up in the air, on-the-field talent is sprinkled around inconsistently and attendance is at an all-time low.
After the roller coaster ride Dodger fans (and the team itself) went on in 2011, it’s hard to be excited about much in 2012 (aside from how deep the pockets of the soon to be new owner will be).
I, as a lifelong Dodger fan, am aware of the conundrum my beloved team finds itself in. The starting rotation is weak at the bottom, as is the batting order. The dugout doesn’t have much depth, and the owner’s suite is collecting dust.
All that being said, I like to look at things with a “glass half-full” mentality and this coming season, the half of the glass that’s full (minus Clayton Kershaw) is the potential at the plate. A healthy Andre Ethier is back in play, as is a full year of Dee Gordon and an “I still think I deserved MVP” Matt Kemp (with a whole bag of chips on his shoulder).
Here are Ethier, Gordon, Kemp and a few other young bats to be excited about.