As we begin a New Year with Spring Training and Opening Day right around the corner, we want to wish you and your family a safe and happy New Year from Lasorda’s Lair!
A brand New Year brings hope that a World Series championship will be brought back to Los Angeles. We have a lot to look forward to. This year will be the year.
Brand new Dodgers like Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick, Brandon McCarthy, Mike Bolsinger, Chris Hatcher, Adam Liberatore, Juan Nicasio, Joel Peralta, Joe Wieland, Austin Barnes, Yasmani Grandal, Enrique Hernandez, Chris Heisey, Kyle Jensen, Shawn Zarraga, Buck Britton, Ali Solis, Brett Anderson, Sergio Santos and others will get the chance to shine.
Call to the Pen
We bid adieu to other Dodgers like Matt Kemp, Dee Gordon, Miguel Rojas, Drew Butera, Jose Dominguez, Matt Magill, Stephen Fife, Scott Elbert, Tim Federowicz, Brian Wilson, Jamey Wright, Josh Beckett, Hanley Ramirez, Chris Perez and Dan Haren amongst others.
Yasiel Puig will continue to make his mark in Los Angeles and show why he is one of the most gifted hitters in the league.
A.J. Ellis will work try to bounce back to draw those signature walks once again while new catcher Yasmani Grandal hopes to prove himself in Blue.
Andre Ethier will try to prove the naysayers wrong and perhaps start another 30-game hitting streak as he embarks on his 10th season as a Dodger. Carl Crawford will hopefully continue to add some speed to the lineup, and Joc Pederson will be looking to break through in his first full season in the Majors.
Youth will hopefully get the chance to shine, and I’m looking forward to the Major League debuts of some of the farm’s best including the possibility of Zach Lee and Corey Seager wearing Blue before the season’s over.
Fifth year manager Don Mattingly will look to improve on his first four seasons at the helm for the Dodgers. Mattingly knocked on the door of the World Series in 2013, but if all goes right he’ll be making double switches during the Fall Classic this time around.
We all have the same goal in mind. To score runs. To win games. To play in October.
Go Blue in 2015!