No Los Angeles Dodgers fans were hoping for an 82-79 record at this time a year ago.
However, L.A.'s third-place finish in the National League West was an accomplishment considering where they stood through mid-August.
They were nearly a dozen games below .500 before catching fire and winning 25 of their final 35 regular-season contests!
Oddly enough, most of those victories down the stretch came in the absence of stud right fielder Andre Ethier.
Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, Dee Gordon and Kenley Jansen were instrumental and all are back in Dodger blue for 2012.
There will be sky-high expectations for Don Mattingly and this club because the players he was able to win with in August and September 2011 are still at his disposal.