LA Dodgers Tickets
The Los Angeles Dodgers ended the 2015 season with 92 wins and their third straight NL West title, however exited the post season early yet again. This year, they are hoping first time manager Dave Roberts who replaced Don Mattingly, can not only lead this team to the top of their division, but take them farther in the playoffs as well. With Andre Either sidelined due to a fractured tibia until June or July, Carl Crawford will take over left field duties and will be joined in the outfield by Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson. If Puig can remain healthy in 2016, this trio should provide the offensive and defensive help this team needs this season. Los Angeles gets an upgrade at shortstop in Corey Seager who is regarded as one of the top prospects in baseball and replaces veteran Jimmy Rollins. At the infield corners, Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner will be heavily relied upon for a repeat of last season, where they were instrumental in runs produced. The Dodgers are banking on a bounce back season for Yasmani Grandal behind the plate after a 2015 found him injured and just not contributing his normal output offensively. The depth of this year’s bench is stout and will be a key factor down the stretch when injury and fatigue eventually set in.
Clayton Kershaw still sits atop the Dodgers’ pitching rotation and rightfully so, but they are without second man Zack Greinke this season. After ace Kershaw, the Dodgers are looking at Scott Kazmir and Kenta Maeda followed by Brett Anderson and Alex Wood. Kenley Jansen returns as their go-to closer in 2016 with Chris Hatcher in the role as their primary set up guy.
After a few post season let downs for this club, is 2016 the year they finally push farther and make it to the World Series? With a younger, less expensive and deeper roster, fans and Los Angeles Dodgers ticket holders are sure hoping so. Grab some peanuts, a cold beverage and your Los Angeles Dodger tickets and head out to catch all the on-field action all summer long.
The third oldest MLB ballpark behind Fenway Park and Wrigley Field, Dodgers Stadium is located a few miles from Los Angeles in the valley of the Chavez Ravine. However, the Dodgers franchise was originally located in Brooklyn, NY where they played at Ebbets Field for 44 seasons.
Walter O’Malley purchased the team in 1950 and made it a priority to get a new stadium built for the Dodgers. New York politicians at the time prevented O’Malley from getting a deal done and he decided to move the franchise to the booming West Coast in Los Angeles after the 1957 season. There was still the matter of a stadium and in 1958 the city agreed to exchange 352 acres of land in Chavez Ravine to the Dodgers in order to build a 50,000 seat ball park. Construction on the privately financed stadium began in September, 1959. Originally set to open in 1961, landslides and lawsuits delayed the project for about a year.
On April 10, 1962 the Los Angeles Dodgers played their first game at the now iconic Dodgers Stadium against the Cincinnati Reds, where over 52,000 fans packed the house. This new venue was not only home to the Dodgers but the Los Angeles Angels played there as well for three seasons until their move to Anaheim in 1966.
The stadium was built on a hillside with surrounding parking lots allowing fans to enter on the same level as their seats. The right and left field bleachers boast a wavy top roof, one of Dodgers Stadium’s iconic features. The venue changed very little through the first three decades, other than its wooden seats being replaced with the standard plastic in the 1970’s. Before the start of the 2000 season new field level seats were added and the Dugout Club, a new expanded dugout area was also created.
Perhaps the biggest change to Dodgers Stadium occurred before the 2006 season when all of the seats were replaced again returning to its original 1962 seat colors of yellow, light orange, turquoise and sky blue. Box seating was also added as well as a picnic area that holds 500 people. Small renovations continued over the years and in 2013 they spent $100 million on new HD video/scoreboards in right and left field, a new sound system and an upgraded home clubhouse which included new batting cages and weight rooms.
This stadium has been home to four Los Angeles Dodgers National Championship teams and 11 National League West Division title teams. Although it is over 50 years old, the atmosphere at Dodger Stadium is one of the best in MLB and has people lining up year after year for Los Angeles Dodger tickets.
Los Angeles Dodgers History
In 1958, the Los Angeles Dodgers played their first local game defeating the newly also relocated San Francisco Giants 6-5 at the LA Memorial Coliseum. Having previously played in New York as the Brooklyn Dodgers for 25 seasons, the new L A version brought excitement and fans were lining up to purchase their hometown Dodger tickets.
They would not be disappointed as that next year, 1959, brought a World Series Championship with a victory against the Chicago White Sox. The arm of legend Sandy Koufax helped return the Dodgers to the World Series in 1963 where they defeated the New York Yankees with Koufax receiving every possible honor that season. They would return to the World Series just two years later and went seven games but came out victorious against the Minnesota Twins to celebrate their second World Championship in three years. That next season, a favorite to win it all again, the Dodgers were swept by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1966 World Series. Sadly, the Dodgers were stunned again a few weeks later when 30-year old Sandy Koufax retired from the game of baseball due to arthritis in his pitching elbow.
The Dodgers would return to the World Series three times throughout the 1970’s but were not able to come away victorious in any of them. In 1981 on opening day, rookie pitcher Fernando Valenzuela is forced to start due to an injury to Jerry Reuss and took the baseball world by storm. The lefty won the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year honors that year and the Dodgers faced the Yankees in another World Series. This time, they won in six games and brought the fourth World Championship to the franchise.
The Dodgers would win another World Series in 1988, their last one leading up to the present. They had signed outfielder Kirk Gibson that previous season and pitcher Orel Hershiser played lights out to get them to the postseason. They faced the Oakland Athletics but were considered heavy underdogs. In a play that would live in infamy, Kirk Gibson on two bad knees wincing in pain was able to get enough power to hit the ball over the right field wall sealing the 5-4 victory.
The 1990’s saw Mike Piazza rewrite record books but no post season appearances. The Dodgers would have five division championships from 2000 – 2014 and are anticipating a return to the World Series. With 12 Rookie of the Year award winners, seven Cy Young winners and four league MVP award winners, the Dodgers are one of the most decorated franchises in MLB.