Los Angeles Dodgers Wear Huge Targets Going Into 2014

By Karim Akbar
Scott Rovak – USA TODAY Sports

With the team all out of magic, the Los Angeles Dodgers trudged off the field after their humbling loss to the St. Louis CardinalsClayton Kershaw picked a horrible time to implode as L.A. was steamrolled. While there were plenty of highlights and brilliant performances to take away in an otherwise positive season. There are also some jilted teams looking for revenge in 2014. Teams that claim the Dodgers are clowns and ‘arrogant’.

That arrogant bunch includes breakout star Yasiel Puig who had a breakout season and powered the Dodgers but also had his share of detractors. Puig repeatedly missed the cutoff man on throws which had Manager Don Mattingly furious. Puig also failed to make it on time to team activities earlier this season. Puig’s bravado and exuberance extended to the rest of the team with their antics on the field, which ruffled some feathers in opposing clubhouses

The Arizona Diamondbacks for one took offense to the Dodgers taking a dip in their own pool at Chase Field moments after Arizona was eliminated from the postseason. That win clinched the division for L.A. but the stunt had players like the Diamondbacks’ Willie Bloomquist furious.

“You have to give credit where credit is due. They won the division; congratulations to them, but I would expect them to act with a little more class than they did. I doubt the New York Yankees would do something like that.” Bloomquist told reporters back in September. The Dodgers also mixed it up with their NL West Rivals the San Diego Padres this season, which saw multiple players suspended and fined. The Padres certainly join the Diamondbacks as two teams determined to pay the Dodgers pay next season.

Whether those two teams have what it takes is poor and early speculation at this point. I’m simply saying that the Dodgers caught the attention of many teams this season with their play but also their on-field antics. The Dodgers looked pretty ordinary in their Game 6 loss you have to believe that every team will test their mettle and psyche more than ever. If the Dodgers want to be taken seriously they will have to prove it again in the face of absurd adversity.

Karim Akbar is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kuhreem , “Like” his RantSports page on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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