Dodgers Web musings: The finish, the future and the payroll
There they go, off into that Dodger blue sunset. A little hard to figure it all out, what with that horrendous start and then very respectable finish.
For the Dodgers too, and their followers. What to make of the boys of the summer of '11? One day into the offseason, the review begins:
-- The Times' Dylan Hernandez said the Dodgers' finish has them hopeful but also realistic that changes still have to come.
-- The Times' T.J. Simers likes/doesn't like the job Don Mattingly did in his rookie season as manager, but still expects a house cleaning when a new owner is in place.
-- ESPN/L.A.'s Tony Jackson said the challenge for the organization now is to figure out which improved play was for real and how to improve the rest.
-- ESPN/L.A.'s Jon Weisman thinks fans shouldn't get too excited about the Dodgers adding an impact player, estimating that they already have almost $100 million committed to next year's roster.
-- A Los Angeles Daily News editorial says the first thing the Dodgers must to do improve is get new ownership.
-- The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore writes that Mattingly's chaotic years as a Yankees first baseman prepared him well for his tumultuous first season as the Dodgers manager.
-- The New York Times' Karen Crouse finds Matt Kemp a daily light in a dark Dodgers season.
-- Reliever Hong-Chih Kuo tells Dodgers.com's Ken Gurnick that he would like to return next season, but would understand if the Dodgers want to move on without him.
-- MikeSciosciasTragicIllness' Mike Petriello recognizes that there is a lot of work for the Dodgers to do, but says this season's finish offers hope.
-- Troubled ex-Dodger Milton Bradley has been arrested again, police saying he swung a bat at his wife Wednesday in their San Fernando Valley home.
-- Jamie McCourt sold the first of what could be several mansions. This is the one in Holmby Hills with the infamous pool, selling for $6.5 million.
-- A medical update on the improving condition of beaten Giants fan Bryan Stow.
-- Here's that curious photo shoot of Kemp at Flaunt.com,
-- The Orange County Register's Howard Cole finds that the Paul DePosdesta character in the film "Moneyball" is hardly the heroic type,
-- For a great visit to a classic baseball night, try this from Sports Illustrated's Joe Posnanski: an overview of the wildness and drama of Wednesday night's end of the regular season.
-- And don't say we hate country-western music -- OK, maybe after this Clayton Kershaw rendition of Taylor Swift's "Our Song," you might think otherwise.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is greeted by Manager Don Mattingly and teammates after hitting a two-run home run in the seventh inning Wednesday night at Arizona. Credit: Christian Petersen / Getty Images