A-Rod a perfect fit for Dodgers

Updated: September 21, 2007, 10:03 AM ET
The Dodgers are just about dead, and as Tony Jackson writes, Jeff Kent made it clear in a postgame rant Thursday: the team has a generation gap and it's a problem. The youth movement got old in a hurry, writes Bill Plaschke, adding that during Kent's rant, the second baseman took veiled shots at manager Grady Little and direct shots at the young players on the team.

Only Kent knows why he chose to make those statements after the Dodgers were effectively knocked out of the race. Maybe he spoke purely out of frustration. Maybe he timed his remarks as a message to the front office, as it looks ahead to 2008. Maybe he just talked and said stuff he is going to regret today.

In any event, Kent's rant is the first clear sign that the Dodgers are probably heading into an offseason of transition. Either this team will be turned over to the up-and-coming prospects, entirely, or else the Dodgers are going to be aggressive in pursuing a veteran star -- somebody who can lead the young players, somebody who can distract from the success of the Dodgers' market rival, the Angels.