Seems like dysfunction is getting an odd amount of play with the Dodgers these days. A disproportionate amount.
There are stories all over the place bemoaning what a dysfunctional team the Dodgers were last season, which is curious if nothing else. Makes you wonder how they won 94 games.
"This just gets back to us doing everything we could to mold our roster into the most highly functioning baseball team, as opposed to a collection of talent," Friedman said.
Which implies they were highly dysfunctional last season. Now if he's referring to clubhouse chemistry, certainly there were some issues. Every clubhouse in baseball has its issues. Somebody doesn't like someone else because of personality or perceived work habits or locker room politics or something. Like any other workplace.
A clubhouse with strong personalities such as Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Brian Wilson, Matt Kemp and
But it wasn't like some cancer that ate away at the team, crippling their effort and leaving them divided and in disarray.
ESPN's Buster Olney, one of the hardest workers in the business, wrote last week: "The Dodgers' level of dysfunction last season was extraordinary."
Seemed mostly ordinary to me. Now Ramirez and his funk are gone. Kemp and his boyish enthusiasm and sometimes selfishness are down the freeway. Dee Gordon and all his politeness are gone to Florida, along with
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Now dysfunctional is something of an imprecise term. If Friedman is referring less to the clubhouse chemistry and more to the how well the roster can work as a focused, practical, interchangeable unit, that's different. Which is what I think Friedman was really getting at.
"We're excited the way our position player group fits together, how they complement one another, and we feel like we've got great length to our lineup with great balance as well," Friedman said.
Friedman likes the new depth, that Rollins and Grandal are switch-hitters and that the lineup, if missing the power of Ramirez and Kemp, is deep. Plus he likes that the bullpen has been upgraded.