Another Day, Another Nail in the Coffin

Orel Hershiser, who might (and perhaps should have) been the Dodgers GM (if he hadn't been sabotaged by Tommy Lasorda) was honest enough to question the 2008 team's heart and integrity. Then 3b coach Larry Bowa let go with his own comments, which seemed to agree in total with Orel.

Instead of feeling chagrined and chastised by point-on criticism, the Dodgers dutifully went out and continued their losing streak and winless road trip.

Aging Hall of Famer Greg Maddux and his Satchel Paige-aged arm failing for the second straight time since coming over from the Padres (can we accuse the Padres, Dodgers haters forever, of knowing exactly what they were doing?}.

The Dodgers front office stepped to the fore. Only days before the September 1 call up date, they recalled Blake DeWitt and tossed .170 hitting veteran Pablo Ozuna under the truck (even though Ozuna was hitting 40 points higher than Mark Sweeney).

The move, of course, is too little to late and smacked more of panic than a B12 shot in the arm.

If the Dodgers were only playing in the Disabled List Division, they would have already wrapped up first place.

The Dodgers were playing on the East coast and the division leading Razorbacks on the west coast. The Dodgers had the chance to blink first, which they obligingly did. The Razorbacks, if only to underscore the point, went on to lose but still maintained their lead - the only division team over .500 (if only by a hair).

The National League West should be renamed the Backup Division, a division nobody wants to win, the Dodgers not wanting to win more than most.

The Dodgers are a bad team, badly put together, badly snake-bitten by injuries, badly fielding, in a very bad division.

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is a busy guy in the off-season. He has made the parking better, closer, albeit more pricey. He has used every moment on making the seats better. He has tinkered with the food services.

He started outside the park (which is his forte), moved to the seats, the bathrooms, the eats, each time getting closer and closer to the field itself.

Is there any doubt that this sharp businessman knows he has to grab the bull (a carefully chosen word) by the horns and get on with the job, clearly unfinished to date.

Mr. McCourt has not hesitated to sweep out older executives, the changes sometimes made as in a 100 yard dash. So he isn't afraid to make changes. That probably is the Dodgers best hope.

(One notices one of the first Dodgers executives to leave under the McCourt regime was the estimable Derrick Hall. In case you may have forgotten, Derrick Hall is now team president of the Arizona Diamondbacks.)

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