July 13, 2008 |
LA AT 50: One in a series marking 50 years of the Dodgers in L.A. -- It was 21 years ago and it remains as clear as yesterday. Al Campanis imploded on national TV, and both the Dodgers and baseball swayed wildly for a while. A baseball team's public-relations nightmare became an entire sport's. What happened that night has been well documented. How it got so quickly to the Los Angeles public that hadn't seen the show, with that speed carrying great impact, has not been.
April 26, 2008
Ross Newhan deserves his Cooperstown status, but his analysis of the worst Dodgers trades ever missed a couple of things. One is that the ridiculous trade of Paul Konerko for Jeff Shaw was the work not of Al Campanis, Fred Claire or the out-Foxed geniuses, but of Tommy Lasorda, who didn't even know that Shaw's contract included an "out" clause. The other is that one of the reasons for the trades of John Wetteland and Pedro Martinez is that the manager at the time wasn't using them wisely or well, and frankly didn't seem to much like them.
March 29, 2008 |
The kid wasn't playing every day, and he wasn't even a kid anymore. The Dodgers didn't trust him in the field, so they stuck him on the bench. He had heard the Montreal Expos might play him every day, if only the Dodgers would trade him. So Steve Garvey walked into the office of the general manager, Al Campanis, and asked what the Dodgers intended to do with him. "We still think you're an integral part of the team," Campanis told Garvey....
July 12, 2003
Now we know why Dusty Baker's calling was never in academia in the field of history. His true career path most likely could've been a circus clown contortionist, since he amazingly can put his foot in his mouth with absolutely no effort at all, while making people laugh at his ignorance. Chris R. Johnson Hawthorne I guess what Dusty Baker is really trying to say is that white players "don't have the necessities" to perform well in the heat. William O. Gaynor Newbury Park Now that Dusty Baker has made it OK to make inane comments about race in public, can Al Campanis have his job back as Dodger GM?
April 6, 2002
If anyone still believes the Dodgers are a major league franchise after the first three days at the stadium, then I can come to only one conclusion: The Giants made a deal with the devil; all the hitters are perfect, and their pitching rotation is, to a man, a combination of Cy Young and Babe Ruth. Will Barry Bonds hit 300 home runs? Will the Giant starting pitchers continue to throw shutouts, while going two for four at the plate? Will Dusty Baker make all the right moves and win the World Series?
May 5, 2001
I find it terribly amusing that Kevin Malone would want people to hear the truth several weeks after the fact. Usually one would fight for the truth to be known at once. On May 3, Mr. Malone is quoted: "I've got to be careful who I trust, because I'm open, I'm honest, and I said some things that were misunderstood because I am passionate." Man, that sounds a heck of a lot like Al Campanis, except to put a baseball mind like Al Campanis in the same sentence (or ballpark, for that matter)