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Sunday, September 02, 2012

TSN: LA Dodgers clubhouse remains cordial, but is chemistry enough?

Chemical Kings: They sacrificed their lives to prevent World War III in the Dodger clubhouse.


Getting a consensus when it comes to the theory of “chemistry” within a baseball team is difficult. Some believe it to be of the utmost importance, even in an individualized sport. Others believe it is an overrated and overemphasized cliché with no bearing on wins and losses.

One agent wondered aloud how the Los Angeles Dodgers would “mesh” all their new parts – nine in all since July 25 – and if they were just an expensive collection of talent without any cohesion.

Former major league center fielder and current Dodger television analyst Kenny Lofton, who played in three World Series but never won one, said “chemistry” doesn’t matter as long as each individual player produced and the team wins. As an example, he noted that the 2002 National League champion San Francisco Giants team he played for featured Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent and was no case study in unity.

In the past nine games, including those since the historic trade that had the Dodgers looking like the Red Sox’s shoulder to cry on, the Blue Crew has been an example of both schools of thought. At times, the Dodgers have been a mess of talent without direction. At other moments, Los Angeles has looked like a team capable of overcoming unfamiliarity because they field more talent than opponents.

...Chemistry or not, this team needs to start winning or risk being the most disappointing team in baseball (Phillies excluded because of injuries).

Repoz Posted: September 02, 2012 at 11:57 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dale Sams Posted: September 03, 2012 at 02:00 AM (#4225390)
start winning or risk being the most disappointing team in baseball (Phillies excluded because of injuries).

In this universe were the Angels contracted? And I guess the Dodgers haven't had injuries.

Look...Dodgers have holes, lots of them. Looking for them to instantly become a super-team is unrealistic. Dodgers look a little tight, but nothing resemble the September 2011 Sox..or the September 2012 Sox...
   2. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 03, 2012 at 02:19 AM (#4225392)
most disappointing team in baseball

September 2011 Sox

least likeable team in baseball

September 2012 Sox

   3. God Posted: September 03, 2012 at 06:51 AM (#4225408)
Either the Dodgers have outstanding chemistry or they are putting on a very convincing act. Very rarely have I seen a bunch of players who so genuinely seem to enjoy each other. Matt Kemp, just a few years removed from having his soul crushed by Joe Torre and Jeff Kent, has emerged as one of the best leaders I'e ever seen in baseball.
   4. Chris Fluit Posted: September 03, 2012 at 09:01 AM (#4225420)
start winning or risk being the most disappointing team in baseball (Phillies excluded because of injuries).

In this universe were the Angels contracted? And I guess the Dodgers haven't had injuries.

It's almost a defensible statement if it's limited the NL, except there were a lot of high hopes for the free-agent-signing new-stadium-smelling Marlins.

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