September 1, 2010 |
Since buying the Dodgers for $430 million six years ago, Frank McCourt has so heavily leveraged the team — $433 million in debt as of last year — that he has struggled to find additional financing. The debt load has limited how the Dodgers can pay their players and could affect the team's ability to sign talent. McCourt was turned down at least three times — by Citibank, by a Chinese investment group and by a Southern California infomercial king — in trying to secure additional financing last year, according to documents filed in the divorce case between him and his estranged wife, Jamie.
October 31, 1986
Stan Wasiak, the winningest manager in minor league history, has retired after 37 years in the Dodger organization. "No one has been more dedicated and loyal than Stan Wasiak," said Bill Schweppe, the team's vice president in charge of minor league operations. Wasiak, who began his career in 1940, when the Dodgers signed him to a minor league contract as a catcher-second baseman, never made it to the majors.
April 6, 1991
Some of the sentiments around town regarding the release of Fernando Valenzuela are ridiculous. To insinuate that Fernando was used, abused and then cast aside is absurd. I will agree, Fernando's dedication to his profession and to the fans that idolized him has been nothing short of inspirational during the past decade. But one should not forget that the Dodger organization and the game of baseball has taken a youngster from a poverty environment and introduced him and his family to a way of life far beyond their wildest dreams.
January 1, 2005
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Luchy Guerra [Dec. 27] and how she quietly and selflessly contributes to so many young Dominican ballplayers in the Dodger organization. However, I couldn't help but wonder: Now that The Times has shown Paul DePodesta what an asset she is to the organization, will he trade her to the Yankees for a peanut vendor to be named later? Carolyn Zweber Rancho Santa Margarita I think it's only fitting that the Dodgers change their name to the Anaheim Dodgers, now that they've become a Mickey Mouse organization.
July 3, 1993
Campy, I'm sorry. I had always meant to write a letter to you, to thank you for your many years of positive role modeling, and for your on- and off-the-field service to the Dodger organization. I just never got around to doing it, and now you're gone. As a youngster growing up in the '50s in Brooklyn, it was a real treat to visit Ebbets Field, and to see you and the rest of "The Boys of Summer." Why it was that I idolized you, a man of a wholly different color and ethnicity than myself, and who played catcher, a position I personally despised playing, I'll never know.
October 12, 2004
Re "Dodgers Exit the Stage With a Touch of Class," Sports, Oct. 11: The Dodgers probably did more for baseball's image in the first 10 minutes after Game 4 than the rest of the league has done in the entire season. Ross Barrett Los Angeles Like many St. Louis fans, I watched our baseball Cardinals in the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. As I watched the celebration take place after the game, I was surprised to see the Dodger players and staff on the field congratulating the Cardinal players.