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Dodgers clinch first National League West title since 2009

Sep 19, 2013, 6:57 PM EST

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It wasn’t too long ago that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was on the brink of being fired, but now his team is the first in MLB to clinch a division title this season. What a wild ride.

The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 7-6 this afternoon at Chase Field to wrap up the National League West. It is their first division title since 2009.

The Dodgers trailed 6-3 after the third inning, but they chipped away until A.J. Ellis put them ahead with a solo homer off Josh Collmenter in the top of the eighth inning. Hanley Ramirez, who sat out Wednesday with lingering back issues, went 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBI in the victory.

Mattingly’s job was in danger when the high-priced Dodgers were sitting in last place at 30-42 on June 21, but they have gone a major league-best 58-23 since. While the remarkable turnaround is complete and the division is decided, the Dodgers still have home-field in the National League to play for. As of now, both the Cardinals and Braves have better records. Still, they will be a very formidable opponent come postseason time.

  1. moseskkim - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    yeeee long time comin. great pitching staff, great lineup. have a great chance at winning it all.

    would love to see them get to the world series so they could play puig, ethier, Crawford, kemp together in the same lineup with Adrian, hanley, ellis bros.

  2. rbj1 - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Congrats to Donnie Baseball. If my Yankees don’t make it in (not expecting them to) I can at least root for him.

  3. aw2857 - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    With the Braves, Cards and (possibly) Reds getting in, playoffs should provide unbelievable matchups. As good as Dodgers’ lineup is, it may be their starting rotation that gets them deep into October.

  4. dpeter11 - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    whoop dee do not much of an accomplishment when you play in an absolutely awful division like that. Playing the dregs on the NL for most of the schedule means a quick playoff exit.

    • jcmeyer10 - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      While I agree they are playing in a weak division, they handled it like a team that is better than the winner of a weak division.

      I am excited for the playoffs. Going to be some fun in the NL.

    • dougtucson - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      Check the Dodgers’ record against the other divisions, and then think again about your comment.

    • goawaydog - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      Yep, sure was a quick exit from the playoffs for the NL West Giants 2out of the last 3 years.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      This might shock you, Pete, but the Dodgers had a losing record against the NL West most of this season.

      Stay irrelevant.

    • rasta028 - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Didn’t this WEAK division as you say win it all last year? Real weak idiot.

  5. necr0philia - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    From a Braves fan: Congrats LA and their Fans!

  6. vader3234 - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Seriously, with a payroll such as theirs what would you expect? A nice sweep at the hands of the Cards, Reds, or Pirates on the national stage would be simply awesome.

    • Anoesis - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:45 AM

      Get new owners after years of frustration with Fox and then McCourt.
      Spend available money on talent, rather than hoarding it a la Loria.
      Start off badly, looking for chemistry and healthy players.
      Turn it around, roar into first place with epic three-month tear, win division.
      Listen to darth from the dark side whine about payroll.
      Laugh and thumb nose at loser commentary.
      Look ahead to playoffs.

      Regular season-
      vs. St. Louis: 4-3
      vs. Cincinnati: 3-4
      vs. Pittsburgh: 4-2

  7. schniz61 - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Go to hell Dodgers and your unending supply of money. Thanks for reminding us once again why baseball needs a salary cap like the other legit sports. L.A. sucks ass.

    • rasta028 - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      Oh shut up with your payroll crap baby, after years of horrible ownership you think we care what you think? LOL.
      what a idiot

    • asimonetti88 - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      Spending money means nothing. My Angels have spent ungodly amounts of money the last couple years with no playoffs to show for it (and likely a losing record this year). As much as I hate defending the Dodgers, their players are earning their pay this year.

      Also, LA says shove it right back.

  8. hildezero - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    @dpeter11,

    So by saying that, you think the D-backs aren’t a competitive team? The D-backs are a great team and were the leaders in the division. They’re currently above 500.

  9. vader3234 - Sep 20, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    yeah but Darth is fan of a team that has won two of the last three world series. A team put together with knowledge not just a huge payroll. Yeah, the lowly Giants that just took 3 of 4 from the Dodgers, one of those being a 19 to 3 shellacking too.

    • rasta028 - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      Oh you mean beating our double A team this past weekend while most of our starters rested injuries..good for you, enjoy watching the Dodgers in the postseason fool.

    • Anoesis - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      A whiny, sour-grapes, Giants fan. Figures. Lack of class is not a single SF fan offering any kind of a tip of the hat. At least some Dodgers’ fans acknowledged the Giants’ WS titles. Fans like you and Bochy make it too easy to despise your team.

      • jimmydixx12 - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        @Anoesis – Before you go painting ALL Giants fans with that brush, this one would like to congratulate LA. Congrats, Dodgers…you don’t know how painful that just was.

  10. bahston - Sep 20, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Could these Dodgers have shown less class? Jeez, they won the N.L. West not the World Series. Magic’s Lakers wouldn’t even celebrate winning the Western Conference Finals. He knew what it was all about. He should sit his team down and remind them.

    For the record, I live in Southern California and while not a Dodger fan, I am amazed by what this team has done – a-mazed.

    • rasta028 - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      Less Class? Really dude? Idiots tell them jot to celebrate on there field, come on, win then, don’t head hunt onour players, tell our fans to change shirts then expect sympathy, DBacks org is as classless as it can get, they deserved everything they got…I hope the players peed in the pool too.

    • Anoesis - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      You sound like another transplant who has nothing better to do than piss on the home team’s success. Didn’t the Sox clinch? Go over to that thread and gloat. Talk about a lack of class.

  11. dougtucson - Sep 20, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    I repeat. The Dodgers did well against the other NL divisions, and played their own division about even. Now, logically, which division comes out of that looking good? The West included a team that won it all twice recently and the Diamondbacks are not shabby.

  12. peddealer - Sep 20, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    Congratulations Dodger fans!

    As a Ranger fan in Arlington, I think you are by far the most exciting team to watch now!

    Rooting for my man Clayton too!

    D Towns Finest!

  13. janessa31888 - Sep 20, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    I’m surprised at the amount of hateful comments. I personally thought the Dodgers turnaround was one of the best stories of the year, no matter what their payroll is. I root for Kershaw since hes a great guy and almost shares my birthday ( I’m one day older) When they won it all in 88 he and I were only seven months old!!!

    • Anoesis - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      A lot of it relates to all the transplants in California. Half the population came from other states. A good portion still root for their original teams. Despite taking advantage of good-paying jobs (until recently) and nice weather, they often retire and go back where they came from, usually getting a lucrative pay-off on their house (until recently) along with a pretty good public-financed retirement.

      When I lived there (for more than 45 years from birth) I knew quite a few of these kinds of folks, the majority employed by public agencies. They never felt the need to connect with the community, or even act like they gave a shit about the state, and usually never missed an opportunity to boast about how this or that was better back home.

  14. peddealer - Sep 20, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    @janessa…

    Honestly, both being a) a big market coastal team & b) having the NLs biggest payroll will cause alot of disdain and hatred. I look on there and am actually surprised to see a decent amount of support.

    Dodgers Vs Rangers: In my dream world.

    Real World

    Tigers vs Dodgers

  15. beelza - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    If the pool is so sacred, then the dbacks should have emptied it. Then, it was pointed out to me that the lad savages would have used it as a urinal. If there is one thing that can be learned from the lad defiling the “sacred pool” it is you can take the rat (lad) out tha ghetto, you cain’t take the ghetto out tha rat.

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