5 Reasons to Be Thankful if You’re a Fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers

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5 Reasons Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers Should Be Thankful

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Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

When 2013 started there was so much hype surrounding the Los Angeles Dodgers that their fans should have all been excited for things to come. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case in the early part of the season when things were looking very bleak.

The Dodgers struggled early and often, but it wasn’t just their record that had fans upset. Matt Kemp couldn’t stay healthy, nor could Hanley Ramirez. $100 million signee Zack Greinke broke his collarbone in a scuffle in Colorado. Clayton Kershaw’s record was barely above .500 so his Cy Young hopes took an early hit because of the lack of run support he was receiving. Brandon League couldn’t save a game and was once again an awful closer for the Dodgers. All of this played a big part in the Dodgers being the worst team in the National League West division. This is where I hope fans of the Dodgers didn’t throw in the towel and jump off the bandwagon because they would have missed one heck of a turnaround.

The one good thing about the injury to Kemp was Yasiel Puig’s debut. Puig was called up and from that moment on the Dodgers seemed like a new team. Hanley returned from injury as well and hit lights out the rest of the season. Even though Clayton was still a dominant pitcher without run support; the improved offense helped him earn the wins he so rightfully deserved, and he’ll likely end up winning his second Cy Young award because of it. Greinke was an amazing co-ace after returning from his broken collarbone. League was benched as closer as Kenley Jansen took over for the second straight year and dominated. Those fans who never gave up hope would witness the worst to first run Los Angeles had.

In the postseason, the Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves in five games to win the NLDS but lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in six games to be eliminated from the postseason in the NLCS. So unfortunately 2013 ended without the Dodgers winning the World Series.

The fact the Dodgers are the favorites to win the 2014 World Series is just one of five reasons fans should be thankful heading into 2014.

Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at black24mamba@aol.com

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5. A Healthy Matt Kemp

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

A healthy Matt Kemp returning to the lineup should have every Dodgers' fan on the edge of their seat. The last time Kemp was fully healthy he should've been National League MVP.

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4. Another Year of Experience For Yasiel Puig

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Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Yasiel Puig was an amazing talent his rookie season, but he did make some bonehead mistakes. Another year of experience for Puig could make him even more dangerous than he already is.

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3. Core of the Team Still Together

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Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

All the stars are still in Los Angeles. There isn't need for much of a turnaround with this roster because the best players are all still under contract.

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2. Ownership Continues Trying to Improve Team

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Even though the Dodgers are extremely talented as is, Magic Johnson and company continue looking for ways to improve the team. Trading for David Price and signing the likes of Masahiro Tanaka and Jacoby Ellsbury have been rumored as well.

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1. Early Favorites to Win 2014 World Series

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Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Early predictions have the Dodgers as the favorite to walk away with the 2014 World Series championship. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen, but it sure is a reason to be thankful heading into 2014.

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