On a cool and overcast Sunday afternoon at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco the Los Angeles Dodgers concluded their season with a 2-to-1 loss to the Giants. The Dodgers finished their season with the same record as they had in 2000 of 86 wins and 76 losses.
Terry Mulholland was supposed to start today’s game, but after his conversation with Jim Tracy, Dennis Springer started. The 37-year-old veteran rationalized with Tracy that Springer, a career-long minor leaguer, never complains about his role. Since he was called up from Last Vegas on September 1, Springer had not gotten much chance to pitch. Mulholland thought his positive attitude should be rewarded with the start, and Tracy agreed.
Dennis Springer pitched well for seven innings allowing only Barry Bonds’ seventy-third home run of the year.
The Dodgers’ only run of the game came on Gary Sheffield’s triple. This was his one hundredth RBI this year, giving him one hundred or more in three consecutive seasons.
“This season has been good for the Dodgers but not great,” Vin Scully stated well. The emergence of Jim Tracy as a capable manager should give the organization some stability that it has lacked since 1998. It had the potential to be a great season for the Dodgers, but injuries marred it. Four-fifths of their starting rotation spending time on the disabled list was detrimental for the Dodgers’ playoff hopes. I feel if Eric Karros had produced as he has in his ten-year career, the Dodgers might have been able to go to the playoffs. Baseball always has “should haves,” “could haves,” and “ought haves.“ Dwelling on this does not help anybody.