A few weeks ago, I predicted that other teams would raid the Dodgers front office in an effort to emulate the Dodgers’ success. I listed possible candidates, but never mentioned the first Dodger employee who would be hired away from the organization, and even though you may not know a lot about him, the Dodgers lost a very important part of their organization. Jeremy Zoll, whom many of you have never heard of, was hired by the Minnesota Twins to be their Director of Minor League Operations. Zoll was with the Dodgers for three seasons and left as Assistant Director of Player Development. He was essentially Gabe Kapler’s right-hand man.
It will be a shame if the Dodgers lose Kapler too – he is a hot commodity. Lots of teams would love to have him. Jeremy Zoll is young and while he tried to play baseball, he saw very quickly that his talent was in coaching and player development, not actually playing. After four years of high school and four years of Division III baseball, wearing the “tools of ignorance,” Jeremy’s baseball career was over. By all accounts, he is a bright, effusive individual with high energy. He very well may be a GM someday!
This won’t be the last personnel loss, which is why you continually build your core… hire and train… hire and train. Godspeed, Jeremy!
Right about now we are treading water, waiting to see who the Dodgers play in the NLCS. In September, the Dodgers were Dogs, Bums, Heathens, and the Scum of the Earth. The Indians pole-vaulted the Dodgers as the best team in baseball. They were the flavor of the month. Corey Kluber was the re-incarnation of Cy Young and they had Andrew Miller, who could walk on water. They were anointed as the next World Champions and even though they had less wins than the Dodgers, they were placed as #1 in the MLB Power Poll.
When the Dodgers lost 16 out of 17 games, I yawned and said “so what?” While the Indians were winning 30 out of 26 games (I was never good in math), I said “so what?” Now, the Indians are gone as the Spankees beat them like Rented Mules. So much for the mainstream media. So much for expert opinions. So, much for the morons who make a living writing stupid stuff!
So, the Astros now play the Yankees for the ALCS and we… we wait to see who the Dodgers play on Saturday… the Cubs or the Nats. Whoever, whatever, like AC, I don’t care. Bring ’em on! These are Destiny’s Dodgers. We are due… actually overdue.