Once they were young. Rising stars with limitless futures.
Now the future is here, or so the Dodgers hope. Trouble is -- or could be – they are no longer so young. They may not be heading into the baseball sunset, but they're mostly at that age when they are far more injury prone than earlier.
And with a Dodgers bench that looks highly questionable, that could prove a serious problem for their 2014 title hopes.
If you take the Dodgers' projected lineup (and for now I'll include all four outfielders), they would average more than 30 years of age and with a history of too many injuries.
Their expected 2014 lineup and ages: Catcher
Behind them there is what you might call a huge drop-off. The bench could be made of the likes of
Kemp, Crawford, Ethier, Uribe and Ramirez all have a history of injury. Even Ellis made his first disabled-list appearance last season. The older you get, the more likely to break down. Or so some have told me.