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SBD/October 11, 2013/Franchises
Dodgers Seen As West Coast Version Of Yankees Under Free-Spending Guggenheim
Published October 11, 2013
A TALE OF TWO WORLDS: In DC, Thomas Boswell writes the NLCS will feature a "clash of baseball worldviews and a collision of regional cultures." The Cardinals have "always hugged Midwest virtues while the Dodgers loved movie stars in the box seats and star power on the field." But this year, both teams are "such extreme versions of their traditional selves it’s just delicious." The Cards are "drilled in fundamentals and are often greater than the sum of their parts," so they "don’t need superstars." But the Dodgers "have more stars than Orion." Dodgers CF Matt Kemp is out for the season, but "you hardly notice since Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in the game." Meanwhile, former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke "backs him up and five other Dodgers are playing under contracts" with an average value of over $100M (WASHINGTON POST, 10/11).
NECESSARY BREAK-UP: In L.A., Steve Dilbeck noted Johnson is not returning to ESPN's "NBA Countdown" studio show and writes it "should already have been clear to Magic there was no way he could continue as a basketball commentator while keeping up with all his other professional and personal interests, while adding his role as part-owner of the Dodgers." Johnson was "supposed to be the face of the Dodgers’ new ownership and promised to be at Dodger Stadium every day at 8 a.m. ready to work." He was "supposed to be all in on his grand adventure in owning the Dodgers," so clearing his schedule of a "time-consuming and unnecessary role with ESPN releases him to now give that enterprise more of his attention" (L.A. TIMES, 10/11).