August 9, 2008
I was puzzled at the reaction of supposed Angels fans to the Mark Teixeira deal in the letters last week. All the talk of "chemistry" and trading "home-grown talent" is just a bunch of Plaschke-inspired hooey that one would expect more from Dodgers fans. Have these fans not been watching the last four seasons when the lack of an additional big bat has kept the Angels from further postseason glory? Kotchman is a nice player, but he is no better than an average offensive first baseman and guys like him are easily replaceable.
December 21, 2012 |
If Tim Lincecum is related to Samson, we will find out soon enough. After years of having long, flowing hair, the San Francisco Giants pitcher has gotten a haircut. Jake Gravbrot, a hair stylist in Seattle, tweeted the news Dec. 9 and there are various pictures on Twitter showing Lincecum with short hair. Lincecum, of course, won two consecutive Cy Young Awards (2008-09) for the Giants after growing his hair long. He had an off season in 2012. Will he totally fall apart without the long hair?
June 15, 2013 |
Of all the important numbers rolling around Stan Kasten's busy brain, from a giant Dodgers payroll to shrinking Dodgers victories to the size of the line at reserved-level bathrooms, the number that most shaped his life is the one he's never known. It was tattooed in blue on the left forearm of his father. The number was blurred because, during the five years Nathan Kasten spent in Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust, he would continually gnaw his skin in an attempt to suck out the ink. "His memories, my lessons," Kasten said.
March 28, 2014 |
Good news for Dodgers fans. This Sunday's regular-season game against the San Diego Padres is on ESPN, which means everyone with a pay-TV service will be able to see it. The bad news for Dodgers fans is that Tuesday's game against the Padres is on SportsNet Los Angeles, the team's new channel that is being distributed by Time Warner Cable. Unless there is some last-minute deal-making, subscribers of DirecTV, Charter, Dish, FiOS, Cox and AT&T U-Verse will have to whip out their AM radios to keep up with the action.
March 28, 2012 |
Once the pixie dust fades from the Dodgers' new ownership agreement, this hard question will loom: How to restore luster to a historic sports franchise that has acquired a derelict image? And don't forget this corollary: Will the $2-billion price tag on the deal make that task easier or harder? For several years after the McCourts acquired the team in 2004, the franchise's financial books and on-the-field record glowed. The team's revenue nearly doubled to $286 million from $156 million from 2003 to 2009, and the Dodgers reached the playoffs four times in the first six years of the McCourt regime, as my colleague Bill Shaikin observed . More recently, especially after Frank and Jamie McCourt announced their plans for divorce in 2009, the team's fortunes sagged.
August 13, 2006
Pat Jordan would have us believe that Frank and Jamie McCourt's naivete and concern for privacy have led to their bad rap from the local media ("Frank and Jamie McCourt Sooooo Love L.A." July 23). In fact, the opposite is true: The McCourts desperately crave fame and adoration, and they mistakenly think they can micromanage the press they receive. Their overwhelming desire to sell themselves to the residents of this city is evident by the directive they gave their employees: to "think of the McCourts as the brand and the Dodgers as the product."
December 20, 2008
Being as how Rafael Furcal missed 32% of the games over the last three years, $11 million is a real bargain! Excuse me while I gag. As one who speaks from personal experience, once a bad back, always a bad back. I guess this will placate the long-suffering Dodgers fans for not signing Ramirez, CC, Teixeira, et al. Oh, by the way, the McCourts were reportedly sighted closing escrow on another Malibu beachfront mansion. The word is they're going to name it Casa de Manny. John R. Grush, Mission Viejo Have you noticed how much the McCourts resemble the Big Three automakers who flew to Washington in their private jets to ask for money?
March 20, 2012 |
PHOENIX -- Utility infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. has a torn oblique muscle in his left side, an MRI exam he underwent earlier in the week has revealed. Manager Don Mattingly said there was no timetable for his return. De Jesus, who was injured taking a swing in a game on Saturday night, was the Dodgers' minor league player of the year in 2008. He appeared to be on the verge of a breaking into the majors the following year, but broke his leg during spring training. Now 24, De Jesus is battling for the final spot on the bench.
May 9, 2009
Those calling this a "sad day" because Manny Ramirez has been exposed as a doper are flat wrong. This is a wonderful day! A drug cheat has been exposed and, at least temporarily, removed from the game. Every time a doper is caught, it is a good day. A sad day will be when he comes back in July and Dodgers fans rise to their feet and applaud. Michael J. Kenney Chatsworth If Manny keeps playing with the team this season, anything the Dodgers win is tainted and should not be listed alongside those championships earned by the likes of Robinson, Campanella, Snider, Koufax, Drysdale, Garvey, Cey, Gibson, Hershiser, et al. To protect the integrity and reputation of this great organization, the Dodgers should cut Manny now, even if it costs them $20 million next season, and demonstrate they have no tolerance for those who break the rules.