Los Angeles Dodgers were credited with the first chance to win the World Series in 2014, due to the fact that they had some of the best players in their rotation. With a roster featuring some of the best starting pitchers and also a couple of extraordinarily precise players, they were one of their big disappointments. Compared to the Yankees or the Boston who failed miserably and didn’t even make the playoffs, Los Angeles was slightly better but that was hardly enough for their general manager.
Winning the division was nothing more than a pale consolation because the elimination from postseason weighed heavily in the balance. Clayton Kershaw and his fellow starting pitchers couldn’t carry the team and in the absence of reliable relievers, the Dodgers sank into near irrelevance. To add insult to injury, they are otherwise potent offensive failed to rise to the challenge when run production was needed most and only scored a couple of points in the playoffs.
It was obvious that something had to change quickly as the new president of baseball operations knows exactly what needs to be done. The good news is that Don Mattingly will remain manager for the Dodgers, while the franchise with be looking for a new general manager. To some, this decision might look a bit surprising, since there were many who blamed Mattingly for the poor performance, but the players are 100% behind this announcement.
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/friedman-dodgers-hire-gm-keep-mattingly-203546232–mlb.html is where the information surfaced first. It is now official that Andrew Friedman is going to take over and he already scheduled a meeting with Mattingly, in order to make the necessary arrangements for the upcoming season. Plenty of things will change and well before the season spring, some of the players will depart why new acquisitions will be made.
On the other hand, it is never too early to decide which players are worth keeping and which ones should go, especially when it comes to a baseball club. The Dodgers will regard the untimely elimination from the playoffs in 2014 as a setback for their plans, but they are going to persevere in this direction. They are still adamant in winning the World Series and 2015 seems to be as good as any other year and under the new general manager, Don Mattingly could be a part of that success.