Beginning in the front office and eventually reaching the Minor-League depths of the organization, the Los Angeles Dodgers underwent an overhaul that involved losing familiar names, but gaining great financial flexibility.
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi upgraded the middle-infield defense, appear to have done the same with the bullpen and have taken a calculated risk on the starting rotation. As such, the Dodgers remain one of the favorites to win the National League pennant and reach the World Series.
When asked by Ken Gurnick of MLB.com to deliver messages to fans, Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten highlighted the team’s focus on scouting:
As is the case each season, the Dodgers are focused on three primary areas: scouting and player development, enhancing the fan experience at Dodger Stadium and community outreach. Solid work on those platforms is critical to building a franchise designed for long-term success on and off the field.”
Kasten also touched on the Dodgers falling short in the postseason and the motivation its provided to have sustained success and win the World Series in 2015:
The Dodgers understand fielding a team that will contend for championships year in and year out begins with our scouting and player development departments and, as was demonstrated during the offseason, we are committed to doing whatever it takes to be successful in those areas. We reached the postseason the last two years and that has only whet our appetite to capture the ultimate prize in 2015.”
Additionally, Kasten stated the franchise understand the importance of upgrading Dodger Stadium and giving back to the community, which they’ve done through the Dodgers Foundation. Under Kasten and the Guggenheim Baseball Management group, the Dodger fan base has been revitalized after a dark end to the Frank McCourt era.
Coming off 92 and 94-win seasons in 2013 and 2014, if Dodgers again reach the 90-win mark, it would be the third time in franchise history they accomplish the feat in three consecutive season.
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