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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.