April 10, 2012 |
Neither Major League Baseball nor Fox Sports plans to try to stop the sale of the Dodgers, virtually ensuring that the deal will receive court approval Friday. MLB and Fox, the Dodgers' two most formidable combatants in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, expressed relatively minor concerns Tuesday, the deadline for parties to object to the sale. Frank McCourt, the Dodgers' outgoing owner, agreed last month to sell the team to Guggenheim Baseball Management for $2.15 billion. MLB has been frustrated by what it considers a lack of information about that transaction — and a separate one in which McCourt and Guggenheim will jointly own the Dodger Stadium parking lots.
November 17, 2010 |
Bud Black hung on to win this race. Ron Gardenhire became a first-time Manager of the Year, too, after so many near misses. A month after his San Diego Padres were knocked out of the playoff chase on the final day, Black edged the Cincinnati Reds' Dusty Baker by one point for the National League award Wednesday. "I guess this vote was sort of like our season, it came down to the wire," Black said. Gardenhire was the clear choice in the American League, earning the honor after five times as the runner-up.
September 18, 2010 |
Dodger Stadium was the place to be last October. The Dodgers won the most games of any team in the National League. With a charismatic braided slugger and a Hall of Fame-worthy manager leading the way, the Dodgers delighted sellout crowds and finished three victories shy of the World Series. Dodger Stadium will sit empty this October. While the owners battle in divorce court over who owns the Dodgers, the team has lost more games than it has won. The crowds are gone. So is the slugger, Manny Ramirez.
September 6, 2010 |
The questions come at Joe Torre every day, sometimes as fiercely as a Clayton Kershaw fastball, sometimes with the trickiness of a backdoor slider. Will he return to manage the Dodgers next season? If he's not sure, which way is he leaning? Will his choice be influenced by the Dodgers' likely failure to make the playoffs, which would be his first experience as a spectator after 12 straight postseason appearances with the New York Yankees and two with the Dodgers? Torre, who in March ended negotiations to extend his three-year, $13-million contract, said last month he would make a decision by Labor Day. The holiday will arrive Monday with the Dodgers eight games behind the stumbling San Diego Padres after a 3-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants, but without an announcement from Torre.
November 18, 2009
Jim Tracy, whom the Colorado Rockies promoted to manager from bench coach after Clint Hurdle was fired in late May, was selected National League manager of the year Wednesday. Less than an hour after the announcement, the Rockies rewarded Tracy with a three-year contract. The Rockies were 74-42 under Tracy and won the NL wild-card spot. Colorado lost to Philadelphia in the playoffs. "What we're talking about this afternoon, it's probably as flattering an experience as I've come to realize during the course of my professional career in athletics," Tracy said.
October 20, 2009 |
Mike Scioscia joked that his hamburger did not taste very good the other night, on the long flight home from New York. Arte Moreno ought to have ordered Scioscia a juicy filet mignon Monday night, in tribute to the way his manager carved up the New York Yankees. Seldom does a manager have this much impact on a playoff game. While the Yankees' Joe Girardi was pushing every button he could find, including the lose-the-designated-hitter button and the overmanage-the-bullpen button, Scioscia hit just the right amount of buttons, all just right.