Brandon League has inserted himself into the Giant-Dodger rivalry.
After signing a three year, $22.5 million deal to remain with the Dodgers, reliever Brandon League said some pretty bold remarks in a conference call:
The Giants had a great year. They won the games they needed to win. But I think in 2013, the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to be the team everyone wants to beat or tries to beat.
League has spent nine years in the majors, splitting time between the Mariners and Dodgers last season. He had a 2.30 ERA and six saves in 28 games with Los Angeles last year.
Are these the words of a sore loser, or will this prediction be a foreshadowing of the Dodgers’ alleged dominance? The Dodgers are expected to sign a monster TV deal in the near future, and that will give them more money to spend than the Yankees (which definitely says something). Their new ownership has already shown that it is willing to spend money, as evidenced by the trade to bring in Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Josh Beckett.
But in the end, what people will look at is the end result, and the end result of the 2012 season was a Giants’ championship win, while the Dodgers hit the golf course early.
Mark McGwire to Become Dodgers’ Hitting Coach
Reports are indicating that the Dodgers have hired Mark McGwire to be their hitting coach. McGwire was the hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals for the past three seasons, but would like to be closer to his family in southern California.
So now, both the Giants and the Dodgers can say that they are affiliated with a PED consumer.