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08:26 AM ET 09.23 | The question of whether Dodger Stadium was half empty or half full Thursday night may have been answered by Matt Kemp. [Kemp] presented his closing argument for his most-valuable-player candidacy. So did the crowd. "M-V-P! M-V-P!" The stadium appeared to be half-empty but sounded full. ... Each of his four hits Thursday came against a different pitcher. Kemp's night ended with an on-field interview for the Prime Ticket audience that was played over the public-address system. "It's unbelievable," Kemp said of the chants. "It's overwhelming." As the fans roared, catcher Rod Barajas sneaked up behind Kemp and emptied a tub of ice water over his head. "Next year," Kemp told the crowd, "we're definitely going to make the playoffs."

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September 23, 2011  10:12 AM ET
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Not if McCourt has anything to do with it.

Ahhh, in that division, anything's possible.

September 23, 2011  10:23 AM ET
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Ahhh, in that division, anything's possible.

Isn't anything possible in any of the divisions? If not, then maybe radical realignment needs to take place to even out the balance of power somewhat. Even if it haas to happen on a yearly basis. Now wouldn't that be cool? Not knowing what league or division you would be in from year to year?

September 23, 2011  10:23 AM ET

They have the pitching and picking up Riveria showed all they needed was one more solid bat.. If MLB can get rid of McCourt and get a real owner, they may just make a run...

September 23, 2011  10:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Isn't anything possible in any of the divisions? If not, then maybe radical realignment needs to take place to even out the balance of power somewhat. Even if it haas to happen on a yearly basis. Now wouldn't that be cool? Not knowing what league or division you would be in from year to year?

Tell that to the Orioles

September 23, 2011  11:15 AM ET
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Isn't anything possible in any of the divisions?

Not really. The NL West is a particularly bad division with nothing but mediocre teams. A move here or there, or even a flukey season, and any one of those teams could be in a position to win that division.

All the other divisions either have a standout team (or teams) or really bad teams relative to the division.

September 23, 2011  11:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If not, then maybe radical realignment needs to take place to even out the balance of power somewhat. Even if it haas to happen on a yearly basis. Now wouldn't that be cool? Not knowing what league or division you would be in from year to year?

No, I don't think that would be cool at all. In fact, I think it would be ridiculous. You'd have completely stacked divisions and completely garbage divisions. A playoff series between, say the Phillies and the Pirates would not be very exciting.

If this were 1952, Joe McCarthy would want to talk to you for even suggesting such a thing.

September 23, 2011  12:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Not really. The NL West is a particularly bad division with nothing but mediocre teams. A move here or there, or even a flukey season, and any one of those teams could be in a position to win that division. All the other divisions either have a standout team (or teams) or really bad teams relative to the division.

Slinky,
In baseball, even a mediocre team that gets hot can win the Series. As much as I hate to be reminded of it, the SF Giants won last year by getting hot at the right time. While it is an average division at best right now, they are always capable of producing the WS champs. If the Dodgers get another bat in the lineup next year, they are certainly able to compete. You are right on, a move here or there and anything can happen in that division.

September 23, 2011  12:15 PM ET
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In baseball, even a mediocre team that gets hot can win the Series.

You don't say?

September 23, 2011  12:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Isn't anything possible in any of the divisions? If not, then maybe radical realignment needs to take place to even out the balance of power somewhat. Even if it haas to happen on a yearly basis. Now wouldn't that be cool? Not knowing what league or division you would be in from year to year?

no, and the NFL is a worse league now than it was before. It really is not as exciting, not as interesting.

September 23, 2011  12:36 PM ET
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You don't say?

Interesting...

September 23, 2011  01:26 PM ET

The Dodgers bats really started clicking a while back...if the team keeps up this pace next year, it might actually happen.

September 23, 2011  01:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Not really. The NL West is a particularly bad division with nothing but mediocre teams. A move here or there, or even a flukey season, and any one of those teams could be in a position to win that division. All the other divisions either have a standout team (or teams) or really bad teams relative to the division.

Typical East Coast bias. Do you even watch any NL West teams play? Although not the best, its definetly not the worst division in the Majors. That my friend is looking like the AL Central. One team over .500 and the NL West is a "bad" division? Save it.

September 23, 2011  01:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

You don't say?

you seemed unaware of the possibility

September 23, 2011  01:46 PM ET

the dodgers have everything they need, good offense great pitching, their only problem its their greedy owner!!

September 23, 2011  02:02 PM ET
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Typical East Coast bias. Do you even watch any NL West teams play? Although not the best, its definetly not the worst division in the Majors. That my friend is looking like the AL Central. One team over .500 and the NL West is a "bad" division? Save it.

I wouldn't be surprised if I actually watched more NL West games than you do.

The AL Central is very weak, no doubt. I think it's kind of a toss up over which division is weaker, though. I'd probably give the nod to the NL West. There isn't one good team out there.

September 23, 2011  02:03 PM ET
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you seemed unaware of the possibility

Not unaware, I just didn't mention it because it's irrelevant in this context.

September 23, 2011  02:10 PM ET

I saw the interview and there were NO guarantees. Nothing like the media lying to its readers....

September 23, 2011  02:13 PM ET
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I wouldn't be surprised if I actually watched more NL West games than you do.The AL Central is very weak, no doubt. I think it's kind of a toss up over which division is weaker, though. I'd probably give the nod to the NL West. There isn't one good team out there.

I would say that Arizona is good, you don't become a 90 game winner by being bad...and the Dodgers are 30-20 in their last 50 (they went from a 48-57 record to a 78-77), that's not great, but not terrible...I refuse to type something good about the Giants, so I'll leave it at that. Agree that it's a bad division, though.

 
September 23, 2011  02:15 PM ET

I guess everyone who is bashing the NL West is forgetting that the NL West produced the World Series Champion last year...I guess that doesn't mean anything.

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