Los Angeles Dodgers: Why a Division Title Would Be Earned, Not Bought

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Los Angeles Dodgers: Why a Division Title Would Be Earned, Not Bought
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We all know about the kid in class whose parents hit the jackpot in the California Lotto earlier this season and aren't being shy about spoiling their family.

That family is the Los Angeles Dodgers, and it is really good to be a part of it. Players, coaches and fans alike are being lavished upon by the new owners, who are determined to win a title at any cost. Literally. 

As a fan, you love to see your team being competitive and showing such a willingness to acquire winning talent. At the same time, it kind of sucks to be "Yankees West." 

But, any suckage that may occur for being the rich franchise that everyone hates in the National League would be wiped out with a World Series title. The Yankees are also hated for winning so often. And as many opposing fans have pointed out, snagging Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Shane Victorino, Josh Beckett, Brandon League, Randy Choate, Joe Blanton and Nick Punto over the last month doesn't mean anything unless the Dodgers win as big as they spend.

And as the Colorado Rockies so aptly demonstrated last night, money doesn't always guarantee success. A 10-0 blowout loss and an extra half-game behind the San Francisco Giants in the standings later, this new-look Dodger team needs to wake up. Now.

No, not just to please a disgruntled fan like myself, but instead, because the September schedule they are a mere three games away from entering is an absolutely terrifying gauntlet. 

If the Dodgers win the division, it will have been earned, not bought, regardless of how many players were brought in at the deadline and beyond. Here's why:

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