As Hollywood makeovers go, the Dodgers' transformation has been a doozy. From more than $200 million spent on upgrading the roster to another $100 million invested in their aging stadium, the team has transformed itself into one of baseball's heavyweights with sky-high expectations to match.
That's uncharted territory for a storied franchise that hasn't been to the World Series since winning the title in 1988 and was in bankruptcy a year ago under former owner Frank McCourt.
''We're a great team. There's no debate about that,'' ace Clayton Kershaw said. ''We've got all the parts now. We've got the ownership group. Now we've got to go out and win games. It's only then that we'll really know.''
Led by Mark Walter and retired Lakers star Magic Johnson, the Guggenheim group that spent a record $2 billion to buy the team begins its first full season of ownership on April 1, when the Dodgers host the World Series champion San Francisco Giants on opening day.
''We've seen what the Gian...