It's a good time to be a Dodgers fan with the club under brand new ownership and the team out to a 3-0 start after taking the first three of a four-game set with the Padres. Here's more out of the National League West..
- Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times hopes to see Tony Gwynn to be involved with the next ownership group to take over the Padres. Gwynn has not heard from any prospective Padres owners, but says that he would listen to what they had to say. "That's something I would really consider," Gwynn said. "I love the Padre organization. I love what they represent. We really care about people in this town."
- Tony La Russa was reportedly in line to be a key part of Stevie Cohen's failed bid to buy the Dodgers, and people close to La Russa say he is now itching to get back into the game with a team, writes Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. For now, La Russa is serving as an adviser/consultant to MLB and working on special projects. Don't expect to see the skipper back with the Cardinals or with the Astros, whose GM is former Cards exec Jeff Luhnow.
- With the additions of Marco Scutaro and Michael Cuddyer, Troy Renck of the Denver Post believes that the Rockies could possibly contend in a weak division. Renck also notes that Colorado was arguably the most aggressive pursuer of Grady Sizemore and dodged a bullet as the outfielder will be sidelined until June with a back injury.
Rockies will find out Scutaro is a gamer and serious all out gamer. hopefully he has an outstanding + healthy season and when the season is over, considers staying there as either the 2b, or a super utility role if they can give him the AB. Was shocked he was hitting leadoff the 1 game watched for a few minutes Friday or saturday when was going through some various games, but even there, he will take some pitches and maybe that is something that team needs as he is good at getting on base, though he is not very fast on the paths.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t the Rockies require a real pitching staff in order to contend?
Anybody- well anybody except the Padres, anyway- could take that division. But my money’s on the D’backs, mainly ’cause Gibby seems to know how to get the most out of his players.
As much as I’d like the think the Dodgers have a shot at it, they’ve just still got a few holes to fill (and Uribe sure ain’t looking like the comeback kid we hoped for so far). I do think they have enough to fight with the Giants for 2nd.