Los Angeles Dodgers 09-10 Season Recap
The Los Angeles Dodgers were expected to be one of the top teams in the National League West, but instead tumbled into fourth place and finished with a record below .500.
In the final month, it was clear that the Dodgers were just ready for the season to come to an end. Manager Joe Torre announced he decided he would step down at the end of the year, presumably because of the unsettled ownership situation.
Outfielder Manny Ramirez spent much of the season on the disabled list and was then later sent over to the Chicago White Sox, who promptly tanked almost as soon as he arrived in the clubhouse.
Outfielder Andre Ethier got off to a scorching hot start but then missed nearly two months with an injury. He played well upon his return, but was no longer among the league leaders in hitting categories.
The pitching staff was inconsistent. Clayton Kershaw showed improvement this year, but Chad Billingsley is still an enigma. They really need him to step up and realize his full potential, but it's unknown whether he can ever pitch with any consistency.
It was a tremendously disappointing season in Los Angeles, but the distraction of the battle over ownership in court certainly didn't help matters. Not all hope is lost, however, as a few offseason additions should be put them back in the division race next year.