Aug.4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (27) watches the flight of the ball on his two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Holidays CELEBRATION!

There are many things to celebrate about since the beginning of the 2012 season.

1. Frank McCourt is gone!

2. The new ownership group (Guggenheim Baseball Management) bought the team for an amazing 2.15 BILLION dollars and have thus proved that, not only was it not an overpay, but it appears that GBM will be turning profits here pretty soon with the sale of the television rights projected to sell at 6-7 BILLION dollars. An amount that would pay the Dodgers up to 250 million annually, more than any other team.

3. With the projected increase in revenues, the projected payroll has taken a HUGE spike compared to dwindling years of frustration we experienced during the Frank McCourt era.

4. The projected payroll sits in the 250 million range. More than double the amount we ever saw McCourt spend. The 150 million additions came from Adrian Gonzalez (21.875), Carl Crawford (20.875), Zack Greinke (19), Josh Beckett (17), Hanley Ramirez (15.5), Yasiel Puig (3.7), Hyun-Jin Ryu (25.7 posting fee, 7 million annually), and Brandon League (5.5) plus others. Not to mention the Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier extensions.

There is much more to celebrate than just the additions to the team, payroll, and revenues. For now, lets celebrate the 10 longest home runs of the 2012 season.

10 Juan Riverastarts things off with a 424 foot shot off Mike minor at Dodger stadium, 4/24.

9 Ethier mocks the woeful pitching of Jhoulys Chacin. 424 feet at Coors field. 5/01

8 Andre Ethier goes yard against Ian Kennedy 424 feet at Dodger Stadium, 5/14

7 AJ ELLIS takes Joe Saunders deep at Chase Field 424 feet. 5/23

6 Matt Kemp walks off in the 10th against Tom Gorzelanny, 423 feet. 4/28

5 Hanley RamirezDrew Pomeranz, Coors Field, 423 feet 8/29

4 Andre Ethier against Matt Kane, Dodger Stadium, 437 feet 10/01

Hanley Ramirez – 3 – Tyler Skaags, Dodger Stadium, 439 feet. 9/01

2 Matt Kemp September 29 – Tyler Chatwood – Dodger stadium – 445 feet.

This Matt Kemp blast was the longest home run hit of the season. At 454 feet, Kemp looks a bit as if he was fooled… and still managed to take Brandon Beachy deep April 25.



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