Tom Lasorda, Manager
Data: A lover of Hollywood, Frank Sinatra and all that glitters, he became only second manager in National League history to win pennants in his first two full years of managing in 1977 and 1978; St. Louis' Gabby Street was first . . . Likes a set lineup with little platooning . . . One part cheerleader, one part showman and one part strategist.
Steve Garvey, 1B
1981: Season average .281; divisional playoff .368; league championship .286. Data: Like Yankee haters with Reggie Jackson, Dodger detractors love to rap Garvey, who has stats and stature few can equal: four Gold Gloves, six 200-hit seasons, five 100-RBI years, .300 average seven of last nine years, a .319 mark in three World Series.
Davey Lopes, 2B
1981: Season average .206; divisional playoff .200; league championship .278. Data: Hampered by injuries, he's had back-to-back bad years and was scapegoat for many of Dodger woes . . . His fielding often suspect, but his leadership never questioned . . . Has never batted .300; however, hit .308 versus Yankees in '78 Series.
Ron Cey, 3B
1981: Season average .288; divisional playoff (did not play); league championship .278. Data: A streak hitter, he hit at least 23 homers for six straight years until this season . . . Despite missing more than a month of season with injury, he led Dodgers in game-winning hits for fifth time in eight seasons.
Bill Russell, SS
1981: Season average .233; divisional playoff .250; league championship .313. Data: The final link in the Garvey-Lopes-Cey-Russell infield that has persevered for more than eight years . . . Although he usually hits in the No. 8 position, he has produced with bat in tough situations; in 1978 Series, he batted .423.
Dusty Baker, LF
1981: Season average .320; divisional playoff .167; league championship .316. Data: Topped Dodgers in hitting this season, batting over. 300 for first time since his rookie year with Braves in 1972 . . . Hank Aaron once said, "Dusty has more potential than any outfielder I've seen in all my seasons with the Braves."
Ken Landreaux, CF
1981: Season average .251; divisional playoff .200; league championship .100. Data: Like Rod Carew, Dan Ford and Larry Hisle, another sharp-hitting ex-Twin relieved of Calvin Griffith's reign of losing terror . . . Second for the Dodgers behind Lopes in stolen bases (18).
Pedro Guerrero, RF
1981: Season average .300; divisional playoff .176; league championship .105. Data: Frustrated for years because he couldn't crack lineup, he developed into solid surprise for Dodgers this season . . . Filled in at third base when Cey was injured . . . In 600 at bats over past 2 1/2 seasons, he's batting .305.
Mike Scioscia, C
1981: Season average .276; divisional playoff .154; league championship .133. Data: The Dodgers' No. 1 selection in June 1976 free agent draft, he's only 22 and their catcher of the future . . . Solid defensive receiver with strong arm; doesn't strike out often.
Fernando Valenzuela, P
1981: 13-7, 2.48 ERA. Data: At a salary of $42,500, he led the league in complete games (11), shutouts (eight), innings pitched (192 1/3) and strikeouts (180). He also earned $140,000 for TV commercial in Mexico and $75,000 for fruit juice commercial here. And next year, he reportedly wants $750,000 from the Dodgers.
Burt Hooton, P
1981: 11-6, 2.28 ERA. Data: After gaining reputation as bad big-game pitcher because of his 6.07 ERA in postseason play, he redeemed himself with 3-0 mark in 1981 divisional and league playoffs . . . Nicknamed "Happy" by Tom Lasorda because he seldoms looks like he is.
JERRY REUSS, P
1981: 10-4, 2.30 ERA. Data: Another prime reason Dodgers had 19 shutouts and team ERA of 3.01, the club's best since 1975...Started 1980 in Dodger bullpen but has 28-20 mark over past two seasons...Has finished nearly one of every three games he has started in major league career.
BOB WELCH, P
1981: 9-5, 3.44 ERA. Data: As rookie in 1978 Series, he challenged Reggie Jackson with fast balls on two memorable occasions: in Game 2, when he struck out Jackson to end the contest, and in Game 6, when Jackson blasted a clinching homer . . . Has overcome sore arm and drinking problem to return to earlier form.
1981: 2-4, 5.33 ERA, five saves. Data: Taught the screwball by Pirates' Enrique Romo . . . Dodger bullpen ace in 1980 but hard hit in 1981 with control problems . . . First batter he faced in majors was Johnny Bench; "I nearly fainted," he said, and Bench got a hit.
Steve Howe, P
1981: 5-3, 2.50 ERA, eight saves. Data: Rookie of the year in National League in 1980 and owner of a Goose Gossage-type fast ball . . . Always tough at Dodger Stadium . . . Good control, seldom rattled for a 23-year-old.
Data: Rick Monday, yet another ex-Cub making good, played almost every day when Cey was sidelined and provides excellent power. Derrel Thomas known as "Mr. Everywhere" as switch-hitting utility outfielder who has played every position in majors except pitcher. Although Jay Johnstone provided few hits this season, his clubhouse antics and screwball style don't go unappreciated. When Lopes retires, Steve Sax will be ready at second base; in fact, many observers think he's ready now. Steve Yeager, from the Yeager-Ferguson catching era, now plays infrequently at 32. Reggie Smith, sidelined much of the year, passes the time growing his hair, baiting umpires and occasionally pinch hitting. Dave Stewart (4-3, 2.70 ERA) did good relief work much of the year, but appears eternally exiled since losing two straight to Astros.