What's wrong with the 1989 Dodgers?
In order of importance:
1. Living in the past, i.e., 1988.
2. Fred Claire's ego.
3. Peter O'Malley's softness.
Living in 1988, example one: Gibson, batting .219 and waiting for Tom Lasorda to take him out, which Lasorda will not do. Why not? Because in 1988 Gibson was an absolute miracle. Taking Gibson out, even for a week, would help the team and help Gibson.
Living in 1988, example two: John Shelby, batting .156. Still, at every opportunity Lasorda inserts him, as a pinch-hitter, no less. Why? Because in 1988 he helped the team. Today, the Dodgers should give him away. Fred Claire: He made that swap for John Tudor. So what--lots of trades turn out poorly. But in order to prove it was not a bad trade , he rushed Tudor into the rotation, which threw off the entire staff.