The Los Angeles Dodgers have found a way to make the 2011 season less of a waste, for lack of a better word.
Between a messy ownership situation, a subpar team record, and a significant drop in attendance from years past, the 2011 Dodgers have had their share of obstacles to overcome.
This season, after the Dodgers got off to a slow start, the team decided that it had two options. One was to keep the roster relatively in check and continue to play all of their veterans, in hopes of turning things around and making a playoff push.
The other was to call up many of their top prospects now, in order to get them big league experience. The Dodgers chose the latter.
Although the season is still fairly young, the Dodgers realize that they might only be the third- or fourth-best team in their own division. The future appears much brighter than the present, particularly up until the ownership situation is dealt with.
While Jerry Sands, Josh Lindblom, Dee Gordon, Rubby De La Fosa and Javy Guerra may not yet be household names, there are several things to love about the Dodgers youth movement.