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DODGERS FYI

Ng, White would get OK to talk to Seattle about GM job

June 22, 2008|Bill Shaikin | Times Staff Writer

The Seattle Mariners haven't asked for permission to talk to any Dodgers executive about the possibility of replacing Bill Bavasi, the general manager they fired last week. Should the Mariners wish to interview Kim Ng or Logan White, Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said he would grant permission happily.

"They're both worthy," Colletti said.

Ng, an assistant general manager for the last seven seasons with the Dodgers and the preceding four with the New York Yankees, interviewed with the Dodgers before they hired Colletti. She would become the first female general manager in major league history.

White has run the Dodgers' scouting department for the last seven seasons, the last two as an assistant general manager. He interviewed with the Houston Astros last year, before they hired Ed Wade.

Ng is believed to be interested in the Seattle job but declined to comment. White, who played in the Mariners' minor league system and scouted for the team, said he would be interested in discussing the position.

"I don't ever close any doors," he said. "But I love the Dodgers, and I love being here. I've got a lot invested in the Dodgers, and we haven't accomplished what we set out to do."

The Mariners designated assistant Lee Pelekoudas as interim general manager and said he would be considered for the permanent job. They did not provide a timetable for selection.

Not their year

The air conditioning broke in the Dodgers' clubhouse Friday, amid scorching temperatures in the Southland, sending workers scrambling for a quick fix.

On Friday, the Dodgers put large industrial fans at both ends of the clubhouse. On Saturday, they brought in four portable air-conditioning units, with exhaust tubes from each one snaking out the clubhouse doors.

Lon Rosenberg, the Dodgers' vice president of stadium operations, said the clubhouse temperature had been cooled from the mid-90s on Friday to 76 on Saturday. The air conditioning system is expected to be repaired Monday, he said.

At game time Saturday, the air temperature was 95 and the field temperature was 110, spokesman Josh Rawitch said.

0 for 2008

At some point, Clayton Kershaw will win. For now, the Dodgers' heralded prospect has started 15 games this season, between the minor leagues and the major leagues, and won none.

That left Manager Joe Torre to ponder whether the long-term development of a 20-year-old phenom could be jeopardized without the validation of victory.

"I don't think so," Torre said. "Am I sure? No. That's why it's important to keep track of him all the time."

Kershaw had no decision in the Dodgers' 6-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Friday, and he is 0-1 with a 4.34 earned-run average in his first six major league starts. Torre said he met with Kershaw on Saturday, telling him to keep his head up and invoking the name of Greg Maddux.

Maddux made his debut for the Chicago Cubs when he was 20. In his first six appearances, he was 2-4 with a 5.52 ERA.

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bill.shaikin@latimes.com

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