The 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers season is upon us, whether we are ready for it or not. Pitchers and catchers will be reporting to camp on February 21st, and by February 28th the whole team will be working out together under the Arizona sun.
2011, as all baseball fans know (whether they reside in Los Angeles or not), was a year of turmoil for the Dodgers. Issues off the field, from the tragic beating of a Giants fan on opening day to the blatant lack of money Frank McCourt never had weighed, heavily over the players, fans and stadium all season long.
Once one looks passed the seasons NL Cy Young Clayton Kershaw and NL MVP Matt Kemp had (arguably the best year for a pitcher and offensive player in the history of the franchise), the rest of the team was very consistent...with their floundering.
The beauty of baseball, as true followers of the game know, is that with the coming of spring training comes a new hope for all 30 clubs across the country. Just ask the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays.
The 2012 Dodgers and their fans have plenty to be excited about. However, they also have a few things to be concerned about.
Here are the Dodgers' five biggest concerns heading into spring training.