It’s almost 2024, and with 2023 ending, a lot has changed for the Dodgers in just a few short weeks. Most of the changes involve the massive historic 700 million dollar contract to superstar DH/pitcher Shohei Ohtani. The Dodgers have been pretty busy this winter, other than the Ohtani deal. Extending Max Muncy, re-signing Jason Heyward, adding Yoshinobu Yamamoto, and acquiring Tyler Glasnow and Manuel Margot.
I never thought the Dodgers would actually sign Ohtani, but I was wrong. Whether the mega-deal was mandated directly by ownership or not, one thing is clear….I can never call Andrew Friedman, Stan Kasten, or Guggenheim cheap again. While that is a sad realization to never be able to call the Dodgers cheap again, I’ll gladly take the consolation prize of Shohei Ohtani. I’m sure you would too.
The Dodgers still have a lot of work to do as we enter into 2024. They have to rebuild their starting rotation from the ground up. Nurse various players back from injury, and perhaps, most importantly give up on a couple of their failed philosophies on how to build rosters and manage the game.
Even more important, don’t drink the swill next year either. Too many people I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with, other bloggers, commenters kept boasting about how great the Dodgers were. Forget about that little problem of not having a pitching staff. Despite the boys in blue getting swept pathetically out of the playoffs by the Dbacks, these guys puffed their chests and predicted World Series greatness. They won 100 games again! They told me. My answer to that was simple….So what?
Wasn’t I the one who told everyone back in May that the Dodgers had no chance of winning a World Series in 2023? To which I was met with anger, derision. The 100 wins I was told, I don’t know anything. But they have no pitching I responded. “You don’t get it”. Was the response I received. Since when has a team with no pitching, specifically no starting pitching ever won a championship?
Never. It’s never happened. Not that I want to be right about that. I want the Dodgers to win titles. That’s probably why I’m such a pain in the ass all the time. I’ll see you all in 2024, where I’m sure to be a huge pain in the ass again next season. Happy New Years all!