For an organization that prides itself on tradition and its history (it seems every season is an anniversary of something or other), the Dodgers' release of Fernando Valenzuela is a surprise and a disappointment.
Fernando (along with Mike Scioscia) was a link to some great Dodger teams. That link is weakened now and the team taking the field on opening day will be little more than a rogue's gallery of former Dodger nemeses: Strawberry, Butler, Samuel, Daniels, Carter, Ojeda, Gross, Gott, Candelaria.
Don't get me wrong, I want the Dodgers to win as much as the next fanatic. But on the 10th anniversary of Fernandomania (and a Dodger world championship) a little something special has been lost.