If you're a Los Angeles Dodger fan, the phrase "next year" is automatic.
It seems to be one of the most comforting phrases in all of sports, in fact. As a fan of the Vancouver Canucks as well, you better believe it comes in handy when you need to be talked down from a ledge at the end of the season (your time will come, Boston).
This "next year" for the Dodgers carries a sense of optimism seldom felt. Next year, the Dodgers could really make a lot of noise.
However, in order for that to happen, the club has to carefully reevaluate where it stands on all levels. As it is now, this team would have a difficult time making the playoffs. In order to make a legitimate run, it will have to make some key changes.
With that, and submitted for your disapproval, I give you seven things that need to happen for the Dodgers if they hope to make the playoffs.