July 22, 2010 |
The Dodgers attract fewer fans to their stadium than they did three decades ago. And, despite three trips to the playoffs in the last four years, one in five tickets has gone unused in that time. The attendance figures, part of a court filing in the divorce between Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his estranged wife, Jamie, provide rare insight into a question Major League Baseball hasn't answered in 17 years: How many people attend games? In 1993, in consolidating business operations between the National League and American League, MLB standardized the definition of attendance as tickets sold, not tickets used.
March 13, 2008 |
VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Infielder Tony Abreu, who came to spring training favored to win a roster spot as the backup to second baseman Jeff Kent, left camp before Wednesday's 10-4 loss to the Washington Nationals to fly to Philadelphia, where he was to be examined by sports hernia specialist William Meyers. Abreu missed much of last summer because of an abdominal injury that required surgery in October. But problems have apparently lingered, limiting Abreu to three at-bats this spring.
December 11, 2009 |
I haven't seen the books. I don't know the budget. But I recognize the silence. While other teams noisily scrambled through an Indianapolis hotel this week in hopes of improving themselves, the Dodgers were in an entirely different race. The Indy 000. No talk about improving the team through high-priced free agency or expensive trades. No talk about improving the ballpark through needed renovations. And, most ominous of all, no Randy Wolf or compensation for losing him. The only move they made at baseball's winter meetings was to stick their general manager in neutral, announcing that Ned Colletti will be the first Dodgers baseball boss in Los Angeles Dodgers history to report to the money guy -- President Dennis Mannion -- instead of directly to the main guy, the owner.
January 11, 2009 |
You can imagine Page 2's reaction to the news that the Los Angeles Business Journal recently selected the McCourts the city's "Power Couple of the Year." Time for Jerry Buss to lock onto one of those 18-year-olds for keeps to become eligible for Power Couple of the Year. Now it'd be easy to scoff at such acclaim, but the McCourts have always placed a premium on hiring the very best image makers in the business, so finally their money's well spent.
March 11, 2010 |
Who's the face of the Dodgers? Manny Ramirez? He was signed to a two-year, $45-million contact last spring to be a headlining act in a star-driven city — only to be exposed as a drug cheat, slump miserably and return four months later promptly predicting that this season would be his last with the Dodgers. So who's on deck? Before Ramirez put himself under a gag order this spring, he encouraged reporters to spend less time talking to him and more time talking to the players he considered the cornerstones of the franchise: Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp.
May 8, 2009 |
The best and brightest neighborhood in the Los Angeles sports landscape is a very different place today. Mannywood has officially gone to hell. The giddy streets are lined in shadows. The colorful houses are painted in lies. The friendly shops are stocked with juice. The mayor is a drug cheat. Manny Ramirez dropped a bomb on Mannywood on Thursday, leveling the Dodgers' spirit, stripping the Dodgers' psyche, and blowing up the Dodgers' safe.
October 20, 2010 |
From San Francisco The fans of San Francisco look to Tim Lincecum for deliverance, for the lone victory standing between the Giants and the World Series. The fans of Los Angeles look to Scott Gordon for deliverance, to the judge handling the divorce between Frank and Jamie McCourt to decide who owns the Dodgers. The Giants have the magic. The Dodgers could use some, but Magic Johnson says no. For Gordon, the countdown is on. He has 68 days to rule. He would prefer the McCourts settle.
October 25, 2009 |
With the fight for ownership of the Dodgers expected to hit the courts this week, the commissioner's office is monitoring the proceedings but expecting little effect on the daily operations of the club. Frank McCourt, who asserts he is the sole owner of the Dodgers, fired his estranged wife Jamie as the team's chief executive Wednesday. Jamie McCourt, who claims she is a co-owner of the team, is expected to respond by initiating legal proceedings this week. "Obviously, there's a disruption there," said Bob DuPuy, president and chief operating officer of Major League Baseball.
November 4, 2009 |
The Dodgers are the talk of the World Series, and not because of Matt Kemp. The buzz is about all those titillating details in the his-and-hers McCourt divorce filings, about how Frank fired his wife and branded her with a scarlet letter, about how the annual expenses Jamie claims she needs to maintain the lifestyle of a baseball owner are greater than the combined salaries of Kemp, James Loney, Clayton Kershaw, Jonathan Broxton and Chad Billingsley....
November 6, 2009 |
On the day the Angels re-signed Bobby Abreu to a multiyear deal, the future of the Dodgers started to take shape on the eighth floor of the Los Angeles Superior Court building. Slowly. While Jamie McCourt was denied her request to be immediately reinstated as the Dodgers' chief executive in an emergency hearing Thursday, the more important issue of whether she is a co-owner of the storied franchise along with soon-to-be ex-husband Frank McCourt did not become any clearer -- and probably won't be for some time.