May 5, 2013 |
On busy Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, some well-kept facades conceal a secret. Behind the Mediterranean with wooden doors, the white stucco two-story with a red tile roof, the long wall obscuring a three-structure compound, hides a singular, massive wealth fueled by obsession. This is Larry Ellison territory, where a Bay Area billionaire with seemingly endless patience and resources is buying up the best spots along Malibu's 21 miles of coast. PHOTOS: Expensive things Ellison has bought The Oracle Corp.
May 13, 2013 |
For all the anguish he caused, there were moments when Manny Ramirez was a unique, irresistible, almost childlike force. That would be the Manny who was electric at the plate, and jovial and carefree in the clubhouse. Not the drug-busted, non-talking, non-producing Manny. But when he was going good, there was no one like him, neither via his baseball prowess or special antics on and off the field. Ramirez, who turns 41 on May 30, is not willing to give up the ghost just yet. After failing to hook up with the Oakland Athletics last season, he is now playing baseball in Taiwan.
March 13, 2012 |
Stan Kasten, the veteran baseball executive leading one of three groups considered as front-runners in the Dodgers bidding, toured Camelback Ranch on Tuesday. Kasten and Mark Walter, the money man behind Guggenheim Baseball Partners, met in Phoenix with major league owners on Monday. The third primary partner, Magic Johnson, was unable to attend because of a scheduling conflict. The other two leading contenders among the bidders: hedge-fund billionaire Steven Cohen, who toured Camelback Ranch on Saturday and returned as a fan on Sunday, and St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke.
March 28, 2012 |
PHOENIX -- There was a noticeable buzz in the Dodgers' clubhouse Wednesday morning. The previous night, traveling secretary Scott Akasaki had sent the players a text message informing them that a group led by Magic Johnson had agreed to buy the team. "I think that's tight, man," Matt Kemp said. "For Magic to be one of our owners. He knows what the Dodgers mean to L.A. Of course, Magic is real important to L.A. and the fans love him, so to get him to be a part of the Dodgers organization is a very good thing for us, and I think this is a pretty good day for the Dodgers.
March 18, 2012 |
Ivan DeJesus strained his left oblique abdominal muscle, harming the infielder's chances of being on the Dodgers' opening-day roster as a key bench player. "It's hard to compete [for a job] when you can't be out there," Manager Don Mattingly said Sunday before the Dodgers were to play the Angels at Camelback Ranch, weather permitting. DeJesus, 24, inured himself while swinging during an at-bat Saturday night in the Dodgers' game against the San Francisco Giants. He's scheduled to have an MRI exam on Monday to evaluate the damage.
February 28, 2012 |
Phoenix - There isn't a newcomer comparable to Albert Pujols or C.J. Wilson at the Dodgers' spring-training complex. As a result, there's noticeably less buzz coming out of the Dodgers' camp than the Angels'. But Los Angeles will always belong the Dodgers, Manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday before his team's first full-squad workout of the spring. “You know, honestly, if you really want what I think about it, it's kind of like the Mets and the Yankees,” Mattingly said of the two New York teams.