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HomegrownTeam: Los Angeles Dodgers

Posted on: December 16, 2011 7:39 am
Edited on: December 16, 2011 7:41 am
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By Matt Snyder

What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.

Do the Dodgers do well in drafts and international signings? The answer is a resounding yes. What they do with those players could certainly be questioned, but as far as building a foundation, few have been better in recent years. See below.

Lineup

1. Dee Gordon, SS
2. Shane Victorino, RF
3. Matt Kemp, LF
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. Carlos Santana, C
7. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
8. Miguel Cairo, 2B

Starting Rotation

1. Clayton Kershaw
2. Edwin Jackson
3. Ted Lilly
4. Hiroki Kuroda
5. Chad Billingsley

If you don't like us using Kuroda -- some commenters have disagreed with including guys who were professional players in Japan in this series -- you can slide in James McDonald or the youngster Rubby De La Rosa.

Bullpen

Closer - Joakim Soria
Set up - Javy Guerra, Joel Hanrahan, Kenley Jansen, Takashi Saito, Jonathan Broxton, Pedro Feliciano, Cory Wade
Long - McDonald

Notable Bench Players

Russell Martin, Henry Blanco, James Loney, Blake DeWitt, Trayvon Robinson, Jerry Sands, Alex Cora

What's Good?

Spoiler Alert: This section is going to be much longer than "what's not." How about starting with the offensive firepower Victorino, Kemp, Konerko, Beltre and Santana bring in the 2-6 spots of the order? That is sick. Gordon has good potential and Gutierrez was a decent hitter before his stomach issues derailed him a few years ago. The starting rotation is good, deep, has a good lefty-righty mix and a true ace sitting at the top. The bullpen is so deep it's unimaginable. It's not as great as the Yankees' bullpen (Clippard-Robertson-Axford-Rivera) in this exercise, but this is definitely an elite unit. The bench is pretty damn good, too. Best of all, though, how about the defensive range? Gutierrez was widely considered the best center fielder in baseball before his stomach woes. Victorino is a three-time Gold Glover while he lost out to Kemp this season. I decided to shift Kemp to left because Victorino has a cannon that is an asset in right. Not that Kemp can't throw. This would be one insane defensive outfield. Beltre is the best defensive third baseman in baseball, too. That's a lot of help for an already-good pitching staff.

What's Not?

Anything would be a nitpick. Maybe that Dee Gordon might not yet be ready to lead off for this team? If that was the case, you could move up Victorino and then the bottom of the order becomes a bit weak. But, again, that's a nitpick.

Comparison to real 2011

I kind of chuckled during all the MVP arguments when people would say that Kemp played for a team that "sucks." The Dodgers finished 82-79. Yes, they were out of contention for pretty much all of the season, but they finished above .500, so they definitely don't suck. Of course, those real-life Dodgers couldn't hold a candle to this group. This is a World Series-caliber club, but the funny thing is, did you see Arizona's team? The D-Backs lineup is much better, but the Dodgers have the better defense and pitching. We'd have a nice battle for the NL West title and maybe even see a rematch in the NLCS. If only ...

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Comments

Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:44 pm
 

HomegrownTeam: Los Angeles Dodgers

Dumb post. Kemp was 1 HR from 40-40 so really missing out on that 1 game against Pitt hurt his MVP chances because he missed an extra game to try to go 40-40.



Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:36 am
 

HomegrownTeam: Los Angeles Dodgers

Wow, Kershaw, Kemp, Konerko, Kuroda, Beltre, Victorino, and Gordon on the same team. Now we're talking baseball!Laughing Sign me up for season Tix, Mr. McCourt.


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Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:53 pm
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Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 3:15 am
 

HomegrownTeam: Los Angeles Dodgers

Was a rained out game that only would be made up if it would matter in the playoff picture.



Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2011 12:15 am
 

HomegrownTeam: Los Angeles Dodgers

I'd like to know how the team finished 82-79. That's only 161 games, did they decide to play one less game this season to help Kemp's MVP chances?



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:54 pm
 

HomegrownTeam: Los Angeles Dodgers

Syeely do you watch baseball? Or is that a joke post?



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:22 pm
 

HomegrownTeam: Los Angeles Dodgers

It doesnt matter how you want to place them in order, this is BY FAR the best team of these lists. this list is phenominal, which is sad with the state of the team. I am not a dodger fan, I am a fan of traditions, hopefully the dodgers can pull through and return to a pillar in the baseball community. 



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:06 pm
 

HomegrownTeam: Los Angeles Dodgers

I'm sorry but if Edwin Jackson is the #2 then this is NOT a WS team. And Soria is your closer? Ginne a break. I like the lineup but the pitching sucks. Unless LA gets home field throughout, this team won't win 80 games.



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:15 pm
 

HomegrownTeam: Los Angeles Dodgers

We'll be in the homegrown playoffs.

You're right... if only...



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 8:50 pm
 

HomegrownTeam: Los Angeles Dodgers

I think this team is a step slow on defense but I do like parts of that rotation.
Billingsley seems like a pitcher who can achieve more than he has.

 



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