Goodbye to Joe Torre. If nothing else in his tenure with the Dodgers, he was at least a class act. He probably got more out of his team the previous two seasons than anyone else could have. Unfortunately, this year's edition of the Dodgers imploded for a variety of reasons.
Much of the fault can be placed squarely on the McCourts and their very public legal battle, but that's another story. Old Joe can walk away from the game knowing that he had a great career as a player and as a manager.
In the history of the game, only a few men have been able to do that. His next stop: the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Manhattan BeachI'm guessing that in order for the Dodgers to sign Torre, they had to agree to Don Mattingly as his successor. Otherwise, how can you explain skipping Tim Wallach?
The Dodgers' hitting has been unbelievably weak, and their response is to make hitting coach Don Mattingly manager?
This amounts to rewarding mediocrity, and more of the Los Angeles Yankees. I'm sick of it.
I suppose the latest in what is becoming a long line of Dodgers blunders should come as no surprise. Though I am sure he is a nice fellow much like Torre, I am not sure Don Mattingly could manage a Starbucks, let alone the Dodgers ballclub. With ownership dumping all over each other in Superior Court and Colletti's hands tied, the future is bleak.
Just exactly how does naming Don "A Yankee Forever" Mattingly as the next Dodgers manager meet the McCourt promise to return to the rich tradition of this storied franchise? Yet another "misunderstanding" between the fans and the honorable McCourts.
There is a big difference between watching a great manager and managing a professional baseball team. The Dodgers goofed again just as they did when they let Scioscia go. Tim Wallach is more ready to manage than Don Mattingly.
Thank God Mattingly got hired as Dodgers manager. Now we can get a hitting instructor to teach the Dodgers how to hit!
That sound you hear is the bus running over Tim Wallach to get to the man handpicked by the manager who gave up on his team with months to go in the season, Joe Torre. When the going gets tough, Torre got going!
The one person in Los Angeles who can speak from knowledge and experience has spoken. And he has spoken perfectly! Thank you Peter O'Malley for saying what every lifelong Dodgers fan has to be feeling during this difficult time for the team.Your levelheaded comments speak louder and more sincerely than anyone else in Los Angeles and I applaud you for saying what clearly needed to be said. I hope your remarks are a first step in returning the glory of the Dodgers to the team and to the city that has loved them for so long.
Please Peter, you're not the one to call the kettle black. You sold the Dodgers out to Rupert Murdoch and Fox. It was downhill from there. Did O'Malley really think Fox was going to respect the Dodgers organization when he sold out? Now he wants to rescue the Dodgers. I'd like to see the Dodgers owned by someone who loves baseball. But Peter O'Malley is the one that started the avalanche.
South Lake Tahoe
I just want to thank Peter O'Malley for saying what all true blue fans have been thinking. My family had season tickets from 1975-2000. I have begged people for years to help me raise $500 million to get the McCourts out of town. The first thing that I would do is beg Mr. O'Malley to come back, the second thing is let him restore glory to our city.
No love for Bush
Reggie Bush has decided to forfeit his Heisman Trophy, admits he made "mistakes," but refuses to discuss what those mistakes were. Reminds me of Richard Nixon resigning from the presidency, claiming he made mistakes, and then much later telling us that the mistake was not burning all those tapes.
Ralph S. Brax
Kudos to Reggie Bush for finally doing the right thing, as painful as it is! It's too bad that his mother and stepdad don't have the decency to come out of hiding and face the music as well.
Pat Haden's assessment that it was "noble" for Reggie Bush to return the Heisman Trophy is hilarious! Like most criminals, Reggie is not sorry for what he did — he is sorry for getting caught.
Mark S. Roth
Stewin' over Bruins
How many times has UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince been sacked the past two years? Not enough for this alum. He needs to get one more by Rick Neuheisel.