Much has been made about the Dodgers’ reeling offense, and for good reason. By the time the postseason ended by way of a 3-2 loss to the New York Mets, the lineup had more holes than the Lakers’ defense.
Okay, maybe that’s a step too far, but still.
There tends to be two trains of thought when it comes to bolstering said offense: Trade for or sign a big bat, or see how the youth develops and go from there. Now, this isn’t to say the two are mutually exclusive. If anything, acquiring someone like Yoenis Cespedes puts less pressure on guys like Joc Pederson or Corey Seager to develop quickly.
We still wanted to see how fans lean if given the choice and the response was pretty interesting.
First, on Facebook when we asked the question, the poll reaches 22,000 people and the vast majority of votes came in on the side of developing the youth. Here are some of the better comments.
Liam Bhakta says: “We didn’t trade these prospects for a big name because we believed in what these young players can do. Now it’s time for them to step up.”
Jeff Moll says: “Jimmy Rollins being off the roster is a huge first step. Grandal being healthy all season boosts production at catcher. Puig being healthy will be huge. It’s all about health besides addition by subtraction at SS.”
Twitter was a slightly different story.
What has a bigger impact on the Dodgers’ offense?
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) January 4, 2016
While the quick boost a talented acquisition would bring is obviously favored based on the poll results, it’s by literally the slimmest of margins. Here are a few of the mentions that caught our eye.
@DodgersNation depends on if someone is a casual baseball fan or one that knows the game. Casual days acquire, knowledgable says youth.
— Lance Dattilo (@L_Muney_5er) January 4, 2016
@DodgersNation I hit youth development by accident I wanted to vote for a bat..we need bats to contend with the strengthened nlwest pitching
— Ray Mazzaratti (@RayMazzaratti24) January 5, 2016
Hate when that happens, Ray.
This got me to thinking about the way social media works. Basically, it gives a platform to the absolute loudest of the fan base. While the emotion behind it is something we (meaning Dodgers Nation) could not exist without, it can sometimes overshadow some of the more thoughtful comments that stir and add to conversation.
To be clear, I’m not complaining. We need the passion. The Dodgers need the passion. We also appreciate constructive conversation about these Dodgers.