The Los Angeles Dodgers are an American professional baseball team based in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) West division. Established in 1883 in Brooklyn, New York,[2][3] the team moved to Los Angeles before the 1958 season.[4] They played for four seasons at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving to their current home of Dodger Stadium in 1962.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have the second best record in baseball, but you rarely hear them discussed when people are mentioning the World Series contenders for 2009. You hear about the Yankees, Red Sox, and Angels in the American League, and in the National League, it's all about the Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals. I wouldn't be surprised if there were people who thought that the Rockies had a better shot at the world series than the Los Angeles Dodgers do. Despite this, this is a team that has won 90 games and should finish the 2009 regular season with somewhere between 95 and 100 wins. This is very impressive, and all the more impressive when you consider the fact that the team has remained at the top of its division for basically the entire season.
The Dodgers as a franchise have won six World Series titles and 22 National League pennants. 11 NL MVP award winners have played for the Dodgers, winning a total of 13 MVP Awards, Eight Cy Young Award winners have pitched for the Dodgers, winning a total of twelve Cy Young Awards. The team has also produced 18 Rookie of the Year Award winners, twice as many as the next closest team, including four consecutive from 1979 to 1982 and five consecutive from 1992 to 1996.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of those teams that are simply overlooked when it comes to this year's playoff picture. Maybe it has to do with the fact that they exited quickly in last year's playoffs. Maybe it has to do with the fact that there are no major power hitters on the team, save for Manny Ramirez (whose power has dropped off, as he only has 19 long balls this season). Anyone know who Andre Ethier is? If you're not an avid baseball fan, you probably don't recognize the name. How about Matt Kemp? James Loney by any chance? And such is the story of the 2009 Los Angeles Dodgers. No huge names, but efficient baseball through and through.
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