BOYS OF SUMMER, INDEED

The fact the Los Angeles Dodgers are in the middle of a dogfight in the wide open Western Division of the National League shouldn’t surprise anyone. Especially considering every team in the division struggled to reach .500 last year. This season the Dodgers have a record of 31-23 and are right on the heels of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The surprise is just how well the kids have played. Since catcher Russell Martin was called up the Dodgers are 19-4 with him behind the dish. Other youngsters who’ve answered the call are outfielders Matt Kemp & Andre Ethier, and infielder Willy Aybar. And they just called up a 6’6″ 252 pound Dominican infielder/outfielder named Joel Guzman who can mash. Where are they getting them all from? It seems as though the Dodger system is back with a vengeance. This might be the best crop of Los Angeles youngsters to reach the big time since LA brought up Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell, & Ron Cey. My question for you is who will be the best big leaguer among this group? Cast your vote at the opinion poll off to the left.

Russell Martin
Matt Kemp
Andre Ethier
Willy Aybar
Joel Guzman

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