Dodgers Web musings: Looking back on the 2011 season
The new year beckons, which of course requires looking back at the year ending.
Lists are everywhere these days, sort of like Republican presidential candidates. Alas, for the Dodgers, what tops these lists are not what happened on the field but in the courtroom, or at least the negotiating room.
Dodgers.com’s Ken Gurnick has his list of top five story lines for 2011, and bigger than Clayton Kershaw capturing the Cy Young is naturally owner Frank McCourt taking the team into bankruptcy.
ESPN/L.A.’s Tony Jackson has his own list of Dodgers’ defining moments of last season, and again, understandably, more significant than Kershaw is McCourt. This time it’s his agreeing to sell the team. Hard to top that.
Also on the Web:
-- Scott Andes of Lasorda’s Lair has completed his list of the Top Ten L.A. Dodger Bums of all-time, and coming in No. 1 is Juan Castro.
-- The Times has also concluded its countdown of L.A.’s 20 greatest sports moments, and coming in first was Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series home run.
The Dodgers appeared five times in the overall list, second to the Lakers’ eight times.
-- ESPN/N.Y. is reporting the Yankees are not really in on signing ex-Dodger Hiroki Kuroda, which kind of leaves the Boston Red Sox as his primary suitor.
-- Joe Block, who was not being brought back by new radio flagship station KLAC on Dodger Talk, has landed on his feet. He is the new play-by-play announcer for the Brewers, where he’ll work with none other than Bob Uecker.
-- The New York Times examines the financial problems of the Mets, who aren’t looking any better than the bankrupt Dodgers.
-- ESPN’s Buster Olney lists his top 10 rotations in baseball (Insider status required), and guess who sneaks in at 10b?
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photos: Say what you will about Dodgers owner Frank McCourt (lower), his franchise currently has the reigning Cy Young Award winner in Clayton Kershaw and a legitimate MVP candidate in center fielder Matt Kemp (top, right and left). Credit: Associated Press and Los Angeles Times