was 2013 a success???

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2013 was...

  1. a huge success

    17.4%
  2. somewhat successful

    43.5%
  3. meh

    8.7%
  4. a bit disappointing

    17.4%
  5. a total failure

    13.0%
  1. irish

    irish DSP Staff Member Administrator

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    vote fkags :skip:

    Los Angeles Dodgers Had Great and Successful Year Despite Not Winning World Series
    2013 Was a Huge Success for the Dodgers, Who Battled Major Injuries and Managerial Mistakes
    By Greg Zakwin | Yahoo Contributor Network -- 22 minutes ago

    COMMENTARY | Some sports fans believe that winning it all is the only way a team can be successful. While I disagree, I can understand that feeling.

    Only one team wins it all, however, and expectations, injuries and day-to-day happenings have to be factored in. Expectations change and a team's realistic chances must be reevaluated constantly with these spur-of-the-moment occurrences.

    This is very much the case for the 2013 Los Angeles Dodgers, who were eliminated in six games by the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. It was a massively disappointing end to the series and the season as the Boys in Blue went down 9-0 behind no offense, poor defense, and Clayton Kershaw not being quite as sharp as he usually is.

    Even though the campaign ended on a sour note, with all the Dodgers overcame in 2013, calling the season anything but a major success would be naive, shortsighted, and simply wrong.

    Overcoming Season-Threatening Injuries

    If you told me at the start of the season that this Dodgers club would be without:​

    1. Matt Kemp for the majority of the season (and when he did play, he wouldn't be 100% at any point)

    2. Hanley Ramirez would miss multiple large chunks of time

    3. Chad Billingsley would make only two starts

    4. Zack Greinke would hit the DL twice

    5. Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, A.J. Ellis, Josh Beckett, and Mark Ellis would have DL-stints

    6. Adrian Gonzalez and a recalled Yasiel Puig would deal with various ailments​

    I would have told you this was a near-last place club that wouldn't sniff the playoffs.

    Those injuries contributed to a terrible start, one that left many questioning if the team was doomed to fail going forward and if it would do so with a new manager. It was more than obvious that the team would play better and see better results once health became less of an issue. But to start so poorly and then rebound to at one point to go 42-8 is one of the greatest achievements in baseball history.

    Overcoming Don Mattingly's Managing

    I could write novels on Don Mattingly's managerial missteps, but the Cliffs Notes version will suffice. Donnie Baseball's propensity to bunt, put poor-hitting "scrappy" players in the two-hole, mismanage his bullpen, and under-utilize certain guys in the postseason placed the Dodgers at a disadvantage throughout the year.

    However, the team's superior talent allowed it to overcome these in-game mistakes and go on an historic run that may not be seen again for decades.

    The Future Is Bright

    The Dodgers' core for the next half-decade plus will be centered around Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp, Zack Greinke, Kenley Jansen, Yasiel Puig, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and strong top tier prospects in Corey Seager, Zach Lee, Joc Pederson, Julio Urias, Chris Anderson, and other pieces at both the major and minor league levels.

    With an ownership group willing to spend and the ability to surround that core with players like Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Alexander Guerrero, and any number of upcoming free agents and players available through trade, this won't be the Dodgers' last deep postseason run.

    The fact that the Dodgers made it to Game 6 of the NLCS without their best position player in Kemp (73 games, none in the postseason); No. 3 starter Billingsley (season-ending Tommy John surgery after two starts); offensive MVP in HanRam banged up all year (plus breaking his rib in the first NLCS game, which clearly affected him); and with a manager whose decisions constantly hampered the squad and made it more difficult for it to win, is a humongous accomplishment in and of itself.

    The 2013 season was the best season of Dodgers baseball I've seen in my lifetime, and that holds true for countless other fans. The Dodgers -- if healthy -- are primed to be on the best teams in baseball in 2014 and make another deep postseason run at a World Series berth and title.​
    Greg Zakwin is the founder of Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle, a Dodgers' and sports card blog. He writes with an analytical tilt about The Blue Crew at ChadMoriyama.com. You can find and follow him on Twitter @ArgyledPlaschke. A graduate of UCLA in 2011 with a Bachelor's in History, he's been a follower of the Dodgers since birth and still mourns the loss of both Mike Piazza and Carlos Santana.

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  2. mugs

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    Considering the previous few years it was a huge success.
     
  3. 4everblue

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    dont like to call is a success as they are not playing in the WS... it was a step forward... there's still work to do, and plenty...
     
  4. harkeyed

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    The future looks bright, that's for sure. Better win the WS next year or DBB will be out the door.
     
  5. irish

    irish DSP Staff Member Administrator

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    i think this is a fair assessment
     
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    Love to see that Mattingly paragraph posted up there so publicly.

    Failure - it's World Champions or bust. But there's hope...
     
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    There wasn't a "pretty successful" option so I just picked the other successful one. Could've been better, work still needs to be done, but a pretty magical season it was.
     
  8. irish

    irish DSP Staff Member Administrator

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    wouldn't "somewhat" successful suffice? :skip: :retard:
     
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    What a dope. :retard:
     
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    I felt it was more successful than "somewhat" successful. :)
     
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    irish DSP Staff Member Administrator

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    i tend to disagree with that... somewhat :hug:
     
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    Well maybe if those fags didn't injure our best player the very first AB he had in the second round...
     
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    It was a step in the right direction. Let's look at other teams that have wine the World Series recently. A lot of them have been building teams for a while. We took one year and turned a franchise that for the past three years seemed to be going nowhere and got to the nlcs. It's a work in process. I know nobody really wants to hear that because we all want to win now, but we have an ownership who has the power to help the win now mentality.
     
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    I say somewhat successful. Considering the injuries all season and the fact that in June we were nowhere near a division title is a success in itself. Every teams goal in spring training is to win their division. They accomplished that, handily and won a playoff series as well. I'm disappointed but I can honestly say this team was fun to watch, especially from June on. Granted winning a World Series is the ultimate goal but this team will be back next year and 2013 will be a distant memory.
     
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    I would say it was an entertaining season, and one worth tuning in for. I think we learned some things about players for the future, and there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic.

    But successful? Not even close.

    The culture of the front office has changed, and following along, so have I. That's not to say I am going to be bitter, and angry, and kick puppies anymore... And I know we will fail much more than we succeed. But success is measured by only one thing, and in this case there is no middle ground between success and failure.

    2013 we failed to accomplish our goal. Fail.
     
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    I should sue that guy for plagiarism.
     
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    dust off dbb and hold onto wallach
     
  19. Juan Uribe

    Juan Uribe Contract Year Bkitches!!!

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    Fixed
     

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