Oh, the anticipation! The NL’s best rivalry pitting one team that has baseball’s best five-tool player, depends on power for runs, and have two top starters in their rotation, versus the other team which has baseball’s best rotation and relies on speed and defense. I am of course, talking about the Giants and Dodgers of the early 1960’s…or the Dodgers and Giants of today.
I’m not going to go out of my way to draw ridiculous coincidental comparisons, but I am really struck by how much the current Giants remind me of the 1960’s Dodgers, and how comparing them today sounds like comparing the teams during the 60’s, only with the roles reversed. Of course, I really hope that one aspect of the comparison holds true: the Dodgers were the dominant NL team of the 1960’s!
Transitioning to another baseball topic involving the Dodgers: Hanley Ramirez. I know that Marlins’ fans are thinking, “Here we go again, another fire sale.” Three years ago, I would have reacted the same way, but since then we have seen two things happen that have changed my mind. One is the precipitous drop in production, and the other is the number of rumors circulating that Ramirez is, shall we say, not the best teammate in the clubhouse. The Marlins probably won’t make the playoffs this year, but I predict that we are not going to see a massive dismantling of the team.