Today over at the Los Angeles Times, they released a question-and-answer session with Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. In there, many questions were asked about how team feels about the offseason, upcoming season, and everything else.
It was a very fascinating piece that helped you delve into the mind of one of the Dodgers’ most powerful decision makers as he attempts to bring the first championship back to the city since 1988. Friedman answered everything about as eloquently as you would expect him to.
From the LA Times when Friedman was asked about comparing this year’s team to last year’s:
We just haven’t done a comparison to last year. It’s much more about how we like our chances in the 2016 season compared to the teams that we’re competing against.
Naturally, you would expect this sort of answer. Very few general managers choose to compare the rosters on a season-by-season basis, but rather compare them to the rest of the teams that they’re going to be in direct competition against. Because of that, it’s hard to really answer this question.
Friedman’s response when asked how to define a successful season:
I tend to try to look at it as two parts. It is more difficult to accomplish your ultimate goal without accomplishing your regular-season goal. That being said, our postseason goals have not been met, and we’re doing everything we can to put ourselves in position to meet those goals as well.
If you’re trying to decipher this, it basically means that it’s not a “championship or bust” mentality going on there. He is right. The regular season does matter a lot. And you can’t get to the postseason without at least meeting some goals during the regular season. It’s the postseason that feels like a crapshoot.
Friedman was asked about fans wondering why the front office isn’t talking about the World Series more:
I think all of us are perfectly aligned in the sense of doing all that we can to bring a World Series back to Los Angeles. With that comes doing everything we can to not only put ourselves in a position to do that, but to be able to have a chance of doing it multiple times in future years.
It’s a tough thing to do. He’s basically saying that the front office is trying to cut some cost, inject some youth into the roster, and build something for the long-term. The front office is doing everything they can to bring a title to Los Angeles, and fans need to understand that.
So, read through the entire Los Angeles Times article as it’s filled with great answers to a variety of questions. You won’t be sorry for it. I think fans will walk away with a greater sense of understanding as far as Andrew Friedman is concerned.