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Dodgers hope for more scenes like this. AP Photo/Matt York

The Dodgers first half was, as Project Runway 4 winner Christian Siriano puts it, “A hot tranny mess.”

But what has been very haunting during this All Star Break was a piece in the LA Times by the incomparable Ross Newhan examining the demise of the Dodger organization.

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While most people will point to the sale of the team to Fox as the turning point, Newhan takes it back further to that infamous night right before the season started in 1987. It was on Nightline when Dodgers GM Al Campanis made his infamous remarks about why the lack of black GMs and managers.

In one fell swoop, Campanis was ousted and Fred Claire was promoted. Even though the Dodgers would make their improbable run the next year, the remaining years showed that Claire was trying to get his handle on the job. Who can forget 1993 when he made a straight up trade with the Montreal Expos for Delino DeShields? Of course the player the Claire gave away went on to have a pretty good career: Pedro Martinez.