September 1, 2012 Saturday
I take exception to Bill Shaikin's depiction of the Dodgers as the West Coast version of the Yankees [Aug. 26]. The Yankees got their reputation by outbidding every other MLB team for free agents, signing them to ridiculous contracts, and essentially buying an All-Star team. The Dodgers built their team through the farm system (Kemp, Ethier, Billingsley and Kershaw) and through trades (Ramirez, Beckett, Gonzalez and Crawford). If other NL teams hate the Dodgers it's not because they're the new Yankees, it's because the Dodgers are smarter than they are.