Well, that’s it. With a Konrad Schmidt (who?) groundout to James Loney, a most disappointing 2010 season finally – mercifully – comes to an end. It’s bittersweet to think that for the first time since 2007, the playoffs will be going on without the Dodgers, but I think most of us are just happy to see this train wreck finally get wrapped up. The exception to that may be Matt Kemp, who just hours after I posted about him homered yet again, ending the season with a five-game dinger streak.
While the season was an unmitigated disaster for the Dodgers, it’s been a pretty successful one here at MSTI HQ. Hundreds of thousands of page views, thousands of comments (most containing great points or insightful views), and a fantasy column at Baseball Prospectus later, 2010 was more than fruitful. Massive thanks must go to you, of course, for reading, commenting, and Twitter-following. It wouldn’t be as much fun without all of you, that’s for sure.
As for what’s next, it’s going to be odd to have all this October time to kill for the first time in three years, but we’ll manage. Sometime this week, I’ll be presenting my massive 2011 plan, and then just like last year we’ll do position-by-position reviews, hopefully finishing up just in time for the Hot Stove to truly kick off in November. Not that anything around this team is ever boring (except the offense), but between the divorce case and disappointing roster, this winter figures to be particularly interesting, and I can’t wait to get to it. I hope you’ll stick around and keep me honest.