Dodgers fans have finally got what they wanted in a long-awaited salute to Frank McCourt and a new group of owners, Guggenheim Baseball Management, heading the Blue Crew’s front office.
While the ownership situation can’t get much worse than it was in McCourt’s not-so-graceful concluding years, optimistic hopes can only go so far for the new owners.
Although it has only been less than a month since Guggenheim took over, what does the gauge read on the Dodgers new front office so far?
The only foundation for any real judgment is the acquisition of veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu that occurred in the beginning of May.
While signing the 38-year-old Abreu to a midseason one-year contract may not have been monumental for the franchise, it has given us a snippet at the type of moves will be made under the new ownership.
Abreu will probably only be with the Dodgers for one season, but the move has proved to be a good one so far and may also prove to be a smart one come playoff time.
In addition to making a good pickup by signing Abreu, the Dodgers owners also showed the ability (alongside general manager Ned Colletti) to act quickly.
Although Abreu has allegedly been a nuisance in the clubhouse throughout his MLB career (which partially led to his release from the Angels), he can still play despite his age and probably would have been picked up by another club quickly if the Dodgers had not signed him with such urgency.
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Abreu was released from the Angels on April 27 and picked up by the Dodgers on May 4, a few days after Guggenheim took over the front office.
In his 13 games with the Dodgers, Abreu has hit .316 with six extra-base hits and a .366 on-base percentage. This probably won’t last the entire season but it shows promise and, more importantly, makes the front office look good for signing him.
It’s a very small sample size to scrutinize but the new front office’s recent actions show the ability to take action and do so quickly.
There’s still plenty left to prove, but the Dodgers owners seem to have the franchise headed in the right direction (and not just because they lowered the price of parking from $15 to $10).
The energy is back in Dodger Stadium, and boy isn’t it a beautiful thing!