There are many things to celebrate about since the beginning of the 2012 season.
1. Frank McCourt is gone!
2. The new ownership group (Guggenheim Baseball Management) bought the team for an amazing 2.15 BILLION dollars and have thus proved that, not only was it not an overpay, but it appears that GBM will be turning profits here pretty soon with the sale of the television rights projected to sell at 6-7 BILLION dollars. An amount that would pay the Dodgers up to 250 million annually, more than any other team.
3. With the projected increase in revenues, the projected payroll has taken a HUGE spike compared to dwindling years of frustration we experienced during the Frank McCourt era.
4. The projected payroll sits in the 250 million range. More than double the amount we ever saw McCourt spend. The 150 million additions came from Adrian Gonzalez (21.875), Carl Crawford (20.875), Zack Greinke (19), Josh Beckett (17), Hanley Ramirez (15.5), Yasiel Puig (3.7), Hyun-Jin Ryu (25.7 posting fee, 7 million annually), and Brandon League (5.5) plus others. Not to mention the Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier extensions.
There is much more to celebrate than just the additions to the team, payroll, and revenues. For now, lets celebrate the 10 longest home runs of the 2012 season.
starts things off with a 424 foot shot off Mike minor at Dodger stadium, 4/24.
9 Ethier mocks the woeful pitching ofJhoulys Chacin
. 424 feet at Coors field. 5/01
goes yard againstIan Kennedy
424 feet at Dodger Stadium, 5/14
7 AJ ELLIS takesJoe Saunders
deep at Chase Field 424 feet. 5/23
walks off in the 10th againstTom Gorzelanny
, 423 feet. 4/28
, Coors Field, 423 feet 8/29
4 Andre Ethier against Matt Kane, Dodger Stadium, 437 feet 10/01
Hanley Ramirez – 3 – Tyler Skaags, Dodger Stadium, 439 feet. 9/01
2 Matt Kemp September 29 –Tyler Chatwood
– Dodger stadium – 445 feet.
This Matt Kemp blast was the longest home run hit of the season. At 454 feet, Kemp looks a bit as if he was fooled… and still managed to takeBrandon Beachy
deep April 25.