It’s no secret right now the Dodgers are going through some internal issues to say the least. At 31-30, 8.5 games behind the Giants, there seems to be some chemistry issues amongst everyone who wears that Dodger Blue uniform. After Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox, manager Don Mattingly had finally reached his tipping point, saying that they, to quote the words of Vin Scully, we’re “fertilizer”.
It’s no secret that Matt Kemp is not happy with his role in left field. It’s no secret everyone is at odds with the 4 plus outfield situation. It’s no secret the offense is struggling right now, especially with the bullpen starting to hit it’s stride. And what was that word we used earlier. Chemistry, or perhaps in this case, the lack of team chemistry amongst the Blue.
But how much does team chemistry really play into how well a team does. Sure you would like for everyone to be on the same page and be one big happy family. But such is not always the case no matter what . Conflicts amongst each other really is nothing new in the world of sports. If you think about it, conflicts amongst your fellow cohorts, no matter the profession, is really nothing new either. Let’s take a look at some past teams that we’re didn’t exactly have resemble The Brady Bunch.
During the 70s, the era of the longest running infield , which Steve Garvey’s ” Mr. Clean ” reputation was resented amongst his teammates, most notably Don Sutton, the Dodgers would post the most victories in any decade here in Los Angeles, making 3 World Series appearances in the 70s before finally winning it all in 1981.
Longtime baseball fans certainly remember those Yankees teams of the 70s with Reggie Jackson, Thrumond Munson, Graig Nettles, Billy Martin and of course Mr. Steinbrenner running the empire. With names like that, you know this was not a team with a dugout filled with choir boys.
But in the end, when it was all said and done, they found a way to get it done. And that was some good baseball played amongst those two teams. Yeah, i’m recalling another era where salaries were not as high, to say the least, but one thing that still remains is the high ego’s that can develop amongst teams with multi-talented players.
So at 31-30, 8.5 games behind the hated ones at the end of the first week of June, there certainly is plenty of time to make a serious run toward the top of the NL West. Chemistry or lack of, the point here, it’s up to the players to make it happen. As much as we question Donnie Baseball’s moves, and we certainly do a lot of that these days, it’s still all up to the players to make it happen.
Forever Dodger Blue ?
Kemp and Ethier, the two longest tenured current Dodger players. We’ve had a lot of great times. We’ve also seen endured your struggles as well. We hear the trade talks every day. We’ve even heard the groans amongst the press and fans, especially toward Matt. How much longer do we see you both in Dodger Blue ? We can only speculate.