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.
March 2, 2009 |
Spring training never looked like this. At least not for the Dodgers. Pyrotechnics were set off in the outfield. Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem. Fighter jets flew over the stadium. The Dodgers and Chicago White Sox faced each other Sunday in the grand opening of the new spring training stadium they share, with the White Sox claiming a 3-2 victory at Camelback Ranch by scoring three runs in the top of the ninth inning.
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....
August 30, 2010 |
The Manny Era came to an official end Monday, when the Dodgers let him go to the Chicago White Sox on a waiver claim without receiving anything more than salary relief. "It's kind of sad to see this time come and go," Andre Ethier said in a silent clubhouse where Latin music could no longer be heard from the far end. The party ended long ago, probably around the time Ramirez was suspended last year for violating baseball's drug policy. The final days were particularly heavy-hearted ones for Ramirez, sources describing him as being upset that he was benched Friday and Saturday in Colorado.
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.
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.
January 7, 2009 |
The ninth inning at Dodger Stadium could be Trevor Time this year. As the San Francisco Giants consider trumping the Dodgers' offer to Manny Ramirez, the Dodgers have offered all-time save leader Trevor Hoffman a one-year contract to be their closer. The Milwaukee Brewers also are in pursuit of Hoffman, who is expected to make his decision this week.
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.
October 12, 2010 |
I have a list of questions for Dodgers fans, which I will get to in a moment. Last week Frank McCourt fired Dennis Mannion , the guy who has been running the Dodgers for the past year while McCourt has been in hiding. He also dismissed two secretaries, and because McCourt isn't talking, I can only assume they were deemed responsible for putting the team's poor bullpen together. The Dodgers announced McCourt "will resume a more direct and active role in managing the organization.