This Team Is Off To A Hot During 2012-13 Regular Season

Having been in the scene for quite along time, there is no doubt that this MLB team has been through everything. Even with the mixed experiences of defeats and wins, fans continue to fill the historic stadium. However, this year has been an above average year with a long string of wins. In fact, with their most recent wins, they have become one of the teams to watch this season!

In the 2012 regular season rankings, the Dodgers have had a string of matches in San Diego, Milwaukee, Houston among other places. This season, they have played a series of teams in fourteen matches so far. The first half of the season that began on May 5th, 2012 and saw them win 11 out of their 14 matches. Of all the matches the team played so far, the most remarkable game was the one played on April 6th against San Diego where they crushed the Giants 6-0. I wish I had bought Dodgers tickets to see that game live.

The match with the Brewers is also another memorable game of the season thus far. The match saw them lose 2-3 to Milwaukee. Milwaukee got the upper hand to clinch the win when the efforts of Ryan Braun lifted a fly ball that dragged Nyjer Morgan to the ground in the 10th inning. Before Braun lifted the fly, there were two walks that saw the bases loaded. However, in the match replays, it showed that Morgan had tagged him before he got to the plate. I believe that the officals called that game wrong and the Dodgers should have won. If you want your chance to see nail bitter games like this one, make sure you buy your Dodger tickets now.

Yesterday night saw them beat Milwaukee Brewers 4-3. This comes just after the team has lost two of their games in the series by a single run. In fact, there were greater expectations in this game since they have never been run over by the Brewers. Despite all the experiences that have marked the season, they still have the best record in the National League West sitting at 13-6. Today, the team travels to Houston to play Astros at Minute Maid Park. On their line up is Kershaw, Kemp among the others while Houston Astros’ Edwin Jackson and Tom Gorzelanny are the men to watch out for.

Will Getting A New Owner Improve The Team?

This team has been a successful baseball team ever since its shift to LA in 1958. Since then, the ownership of this team has been in the hands of Peter O’Malley and Frank McCourt. As per the latest news goes, the Los Angeles Dodgers will soon have a new owner. This announcement came as a shock to most people as speculations have been made about the team’s ownership for months, with frank McCourt insisting that he does not wish to sell the team. Many fans are happy to see the ownership finally change hands and they have showed their support of this decision by buying more Dodgers tickets.

Frank McCourt been the owner  since the year 2004. For the past 8 years, he has tried his level best to retain the team, but he has now, officially lost the battle that he has been fighting in two courts. Frank McCourt has reached upon an agreement to hand over the team to a new owner. It is expected that by the first season opening in 2012, a new owner will have taken over entirely.

The official announcement made regarding this subject says that Major League Baseball along with Frank McCourt will put up a combined appeal to the Bankruptcy Court of the United States of America to sell the team by auctioning it. This decision has been taken by Frank McCourt after coming to the conclusion that it will be better to auction the team rather than facing a trial in the Bankruptcy court. The auction taking place will include the entire package of the team, including the stadium and the parking lots. The entire Franchise will thus soon be under the hammer.

The official statement also said that the sale process of this auction will be managed by Blackstone Group LP. The franchise is expected to fetch a fortune anywhere in between$ 750 million to $ 1 billion, which is thrice the amount at which Frank McCourt has purchased it. It is expected that this auction will change the current situation of chaos that is surrounding this franchise, get it out of its state of bankruptcy and restore its former glory. Many fans have waited a long time for them to come back. They hope that their Dodger tickets might finally be worth something again.

Clearing out the air of uncertainty about the team and sorting out all the issues that have led to its bankruptcy would be the task at hand for the new owner. Most of the major names in the sports industry are bidding for the team. Mark Cuban, NBA’s owner along with Dennis Gilbert, the executive of Chicago White Sox and Dallas Maverick are expected to bid. There is also a possibility that Alec Gores and Alan Casden could bid. Rumours also say that Ron Burkle and the owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, Mark Attanasio might place individual bids. Tom Werner, who is the current Chairman of the Boston Red Sox, is also in the position to bid.

The fate of the Los Angeles Dodgers is currently unclear but this scenario is expected to soon change for the better. Everyone is anxiously waiting for the change!

2010-11 Regular Season Review Shows Steep Decline In Team

The Los Angeles Dodgers has a rich tradition as a professional baseball team. It has its humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New York before moving to Los Angeles prior to the 1958 season. They have always been a perennial contender in most of the franchise history. What you are about to read is a short recap of their 2010 season – their final standings, the highs and lows of their campaign, and the players that contributed to the success and failure of the team. So read on what they have accomplished last year.

They finished the regular season just below the .500 mark with a record of 80 wins and 82 losses. That puts them ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the final standings which is good enough to land them in fourth place of the National League Western Division. They finished twelve games behind from the eventual division champion – the San Francisco Giants. Very clearly, the Dodgers did not performe on the road as well as on their home turf, as reflected from the following records: 35 wins, 46 losses road record and 45 wins, 36 losses home record. They will have to improve on both these performances if they are going to sell out of Dodgers tickets.

Their finest moment came during the month of May, when they ended up with 20 wins and 8 losses. They faced 8 different teams, and this is how the month ended up for them against these opponents:

* Pittsburgh Pirates – 2 wins, 0 losses

* Milwaukee Brewers – 1 win, 2 losses

* Colorado Rockies – 4 wins, 2 losses

* Arizona Diamondbacks – 4 wins, 0 losses

* San Diego Padres – 4 wins, 1 loss

* Houston Astros – 2 wins, 0 losses

* Detroit Tigers – 2 wins, 1 loss

* Chicago Cubs – 1 win, 2 losses

Likewise, their lowest moment happened during the homestretch in the months of September and October. LA finished their season with a losing record of 12 wins and 17 losses during that period. That performance pretty much explains why they finished below the .500 mark. Here is how they matched up during that stretch:

* Philadelphia Phillies – 0 wins, 1 loss

* San Francisco Giants – 2 wins, 4 losses

* San Diego Padres – 1 win, 5 losses

* Houston Astros – 2 wins, 2 losses

* Colorado Rockies – 4 wins, 2 losses

* Arizona Diamondbacks – 3 wins, 3 losses

Despite their poor form and uneven performance, four players made it to the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. They are:

* Andre Ethier – starter

* Hong-Chih Kuo – reserve

* Jonathan Broxton – reserve

* Rafael Furcal – reserve

Rafael Furcal, incidentally, became the National League Player of the Week from June 28 to July 4. But as good as the performance of these four players are, most of their teammates had a forgettable 2010 season. These following players must get their acts together if they want their team to reclaim the top position in their division:

* Tony Gwynn Jr., Outfield – 2010 statistics: (.204 BA, 3 HR, 20 RBI) poor average of stolen bases.

* Rod Barajas, C – 2010 statistics: (.240, 17, 47) sub-par batting average.

* Jay Gibbons, Outfield/PH – 2010 statistics: (.280 BA, 5 HR, 17 RBI) disabled list with a vision problem in the left eye.

* Casey Blake, 3B – 2010 statistics: (.248, 17, 64) had just a .727 OPS in 2010 season.

* James Loney, 1B – 2010: (.267, 10, 88) must improve on his batting average.

* Chad Billingsley, SP – 2010 statistics: (12-11, 3.57 ERA) needs consistency in his performance.

* Andre Ethier, Rf – 2010 statistics: (.292 BA, 23, 82) suffered a broken finger after the All Star break last season.

* Jonathan Broxton, RP – 2010 statistics: (4.04 ERA, 22 saves, seven blown saves) struggles after the All Star break after a scintillating first half.

* Matt Kemp, CF – 2010 statistics: (.249, 28, 89) his performance regressed in almost every category.

Overall, the Los Angeles Dodgers performance left much to be desired in the 2010 regular season. Many players did not play up to their expectations after having a wonderful season in 2009. . Many attributed the team’s poor performance to the divorce proceedings in the off season between the owner of the team and chairman Frank McCourt and his wife Jamie, who incidentally was the CEO of the team during that time. But with this issue out of the way in 2011, the team is expected to regain its old and devastating form.

Dodger’s Manager, Don Mattingly

As a young man, Don Mattingly was known for his positive attitude.  Don led his high school baseball team to fifty-nine straight victories setting a state record in Indiana.  In 1978 and 1979, Mattingly was All City, All Conference, and All State in baseball.  During his four year high school career Don batted a very impressive .463.  After high school Don accepted a baseball scholarship to Indiana State, but was then drafted by the Yankees and decided to start his pro career.

During his time in the minors from 1979 to1981, Don batted .316 or better and he was moved to the majors late in the 1982 season.  His first full year in the majors Mattingly played on a part-time basis at first base and in the outfield.  In 1984, Don garnered the starting first base position and was an MVP candidate when he owned the AL batting title hitting .343 with 207 hits.  The 1985 season was just as impressive for Mattingly who was once again the MVP in the American League batting .324, with 35 home runs and 145 RBI’s.  That year he also won the first of nine Golden Gloves.

During the 1986 and 1987 seasons Don was still very impressive, achieving 238 league leading hits, batting .352, with 31 home runs; hitting home runs in eight consecutive games and six grand slams.  In 1987 Mattingly began having back problems and his impressive stats began to wain.  Don underwent extensive physical therapy, but his impressive physical prowess was never restored.  Don continued to play some, spent extended periods on the injured list, perhaps biding his time.

From 1997 to 2003, Mattingly had a position as a special instructor during spring training for the Yankees.  In 2003, Don was named as the Yankees hitting coach.  In 2006, Mattingly became the Yankees bench coach.

In 2007, Mattingly followed Joe Torre to the Los Angeles Dodgers to act as the hitting coach, but due to family problems he stepped down from that role and became a special assignment coach.  On July 9, 2008, Mattingly resumed the position of hitting coach and they  made the playoffs and repeated that success in 2009.  When Joe Torre retired in 2010, Mattingly accepted the position of manager and on March 31, 2011, he got his first win at home, against San Francisco.

The 2011 season was plagued with both injured players and dismal play.  At the All-Star break the Dodgers were ten games under .500, but Mattingly stayed positive about his teams chances to get back in the mix, even though critics said it was impossible.  In the end, Don’s lifelong positive approach paid off and they went 41 and 28 after the break and Mattingly was looking like a winner again.

Looking forward to the 2012 season it seems that Mattingly is going to need more than his positive attitude for a winning season.  Everyone agrees that the Dodgers need a big hitter and there are no prospects on the horizon.  Mattingly has been candid in saying that the 2012 season is not looking promising.  Mattingly said lots of ideas are being considered and that he is a believer in having a Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C in place.  Positive attitude has traditionally been a key to winning for Mattingly and he is familiar with success, so it is probably best not to count them out of the game. Be sure you go out and cheer  by buying your Dodgers tickets today.

 

The History of the Los Angeles Dodgers

This team’s storied history began in Brooklyn in 1883.  They appeared in the World Series 13 times while in Brooklyn.  After the move to Los Angeles, they continued to add to their legacy with 5 more appearances. They had no problems with selling out of Dodgers tickets to every game because of the huge fan following of this team.

The team was first known as the Brooklyn Atlantics and subsequently changed their name to the Bridegrooms, Grooms, Superbas, Robins and the Trolley Dodgers.  Then made the change to the Dodgers in the 1930’s and made their final name change in 1957 when they moved cross country to become the Los Angeles Dodgers.

They won their first World Series title in Brooklyn in 1955 by finally defeating the New York Yankees who had already become their heated rival.  They were led in that series by Roy Campanella and Jackie Robinson, who is credited with breaking the color barrier in major league baseball.  The Dodgers were at the forefront of integration in baseball when other teams were unwilling to sign African American players.

Two years after their first World Series victory, the team broke many hearts and left Brooklyn to relocate to Los Angeles.  It only took two years for them to claim their second world series title.  They won World Series titles again in 1963 and 1965 due to the dominant pitching of Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.

The 70’s were also successful for the team thanks to players like Steve Garvey, Mike Scioscia and Davey Lopes, however they were unable to win any of the three world series they played in during the decade.  That streak was broken in 1981 when pitching sensation Fernando Valenzuela helped them to the title.

The next title they won in 1988 is known for one of the most famous moments in baseball history.  Star outfielder Kirk Gibson was injured and unable to play.  They were behind in the first game.  It was the bottom of the 9th when Gibson was called on to pinch hit.  With two outs, he limped to the plate, hit a home run, and walked around the bases into baseball immortality.

In addition to their rivalry with the Yankees, the San Francisco Giants are a big rival.  This dates back to when both teams were in New York City.  The Giants had the upper hand when the teams were in New York, however, that trend was reversed when the teams moved to California.

They are currently led by pitcher Clayton Kershaw and center fielder Matt Kemp.  Former Yankee legend Don Mattingly just completed his first year as head coach after succeeding Joe Torre.  However, the team may currently be best known for it’s ownership issues.

Frank and Jamie McCourt bought the team in 2004, however when they filed for divorce in 2009, it sent the finances of the organization into turmoil.  As the court system worked through the legal issues of ownership, Major League Baseball became concerned about Frank McCourt’s ability to run the team and meet payroll.  MLB officially took over the day to day operations of the team on April 20, 2011.  The ownership filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy on June 27th.  The issue is still moving through the court system. Hopefully the settle soon and prices for Dodgers tickets don’t go up.