For Los Angeles baseball fans, there is always next year. Both the Dodgers and the Angels’ 2012 playoff hopes were dashed with a pair of losses on Tuesday night and both franchises now face a long offseason during which to consider their respective futures.
The Angels had high hopes for the 2012 season after acquiring all-star first baseman Albert Pujols from St. Louis when he became a free agent following the Cardinals’ 2011 World Series victory, but even the record setting home run slugger couldn’t get the Angeles into the postseason in his first season in Anaheim.
The Dodgers got their bad news in Chavez Ravine with a 4-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday evening. The Dodgers organization began the 2012 season with major changes in their front office after a protracted unpopularity contest that made for good headlines but poor baseball. After declining ticket sales and an ongoing divorce controversy with his wife, long-embattled former owner Frank McCourt sold the Dodgers to a consortium of Los Angeles investors led by former Lakers star-turned-businessman Magic Johnson just as the season opened.
Will new ownership mean a new direction for the Dodgers or is it too soon to tell? Is Albert Pujols the golden goose that will get the Angels into the playoffs in 2013? Which team will have a better season next year?
Nick Roman, KPCC’s Managing Editor