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Which organization has a brighter future, the Dodgers or the Angels?

Ten years ago, that wasn't even worthy of discussion. The Dodgers were the kings of Southern California, but they haven't won the World Series in 20 years, they've won one playoff game in that time and they've lost their stronghold on baseball in that region. The Angels won the World Series in 2002, and they have made the playoffs four times in the last six years. They're the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and they've officially caught the Dodgers.

The case for the Dodgers

A talented cast of young, major league players, led by catcher Russell Martin, first baseman James Loney and outfielder Matt Kemp, gives the Dodgers hope to contend in 2008 and beyond in what is now a pedestrian National League. New manager Joe Torre will blend the older and younger players, as he did so well in New York. Plus, he brings a cache to the job. He is the biggest name Dodgers manager since Tommy Lasorda. Torre and aggressive GM Ned Coletti have no interest in missing the playoffs two years in a row.

The farm system isn't as strong as it used to be partly because most of the best players are in the big leagues. Still, there is some talent below, led by left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who has a great future. There is a lot to like about the future of the Dodgers. They drew 3.8 million fans last year, 47,614 per game -- second only to the Yankees in each category. As always, their radio/TV package is among the best in the game. Their payroll of $125 million was the third highest in the game last year, and should be roughly the same this year. They may not own Southern California, but with Torre in charge, things are looking up.

The case for the Angels

The Angels are the team to beat again in the American League West thanks in part to their collection of young players, including Howie Kendrick, Casey Kotchman and Jered Weaver, combined with their veterans, led by Vladimir Guerrero. They have an owner in Arte Moreno who is pro-active, will spend money (though it appears he's close to his payroll budget of around $125 million) and is closely involved in player moves. New GM Tony Reagins is slightly more aggressive than predecessor Bill Stoneman, but Stoneman is working as a consultant for the team and still has input, so it's probably unlikely that the Angels will trade their best young kids.

The Angels system is not as deep as it once was, and the Angels weren't big spenders in the June draft. Still, there is talent in the minor leagues, led by right-hander Nick Adenhart and shortstop/third baseman Brandon Wood, whose development this year (he likely will begin the season at Triple-A) will be important. The Angels drew 3.3 million fans last year (41,551 per game, fifth best in the major leagues) and have a good radio/TV package. The Angels got bounced out of the postseason without winning even one game last season, but things are bright in Anaheim. And that's because manager Mike Scioscia might have a larger voice in organizational matters.

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