April 21, 2012 |
The L.A. Dodgers have been getting all the ink, but they aren't the only recent acquisition by Chicago financier Mark Walter. They're not even the most important, at least not from John Penn's perch at the old Grubstake Building in downtown Crested Butte, Colo. Ask Penn about "the new owner" and he'll be talking landlords, not baseball. Last year, Walter bought the building that houses Penn's tobacco shop, a Nepalese restaurant and an art-glass gallery in the ski resort.
March 27, 2012 |
PHOENIX -- Jerry Sands was optioned to minor-league camp Tuesday morning, taking him out of contention to win a bench spot on the opening-day roster. Sands, 24, entered spring training as the favorite to claim the one available reserve role. A former organizational minor league player of the year, Sands hit .253 with four home runs and 26 runs batted in in 61 games last season. He was particularly effective in September, hitting .342 in 20 games. His September form raised hopes that he could replace Andre Ethier in the outfield or James Loney at first base on days the Dodgers faced a left-handed pitcher.
April 6, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - Still sick with a stomach flu that cut short his opening-day start, Clayton Kershaw said he was “pretty sure” he would be able to pitch in the Dodgers' home opener Tuesday. “We'll see,” Kershaw said. Kershaw reported a minor improvement in his condition. He pitched three scoreless innings Thursday in the Dodgers' 5-3 victory over the San Diego Padres. “I felt pretty bad,” he said. “I know I needed to try to get out there. After that third inning, I started getting dizzy and lightheaded and stuff, so I really couldn't do it anymore.” Upon exiting the game, Kershaw tried to return to the team hotel across the street from Petco Park but was too weak to do so. He said he threw up in the eighth inning.
March 27, 2012 |
PHOENIX -- Jamey Wright was officially added to the 40-man roster on Tuesday, clearing the way for him to make the Dodgers' opening-day roster as a reliever. The Dodgers cleared a place for him on the 40-man roster by moving Blake Hawksworth to the 60-day disabled list. Wright, who came into camp on a minor-league contract, said the previous day that General Manager Ned Colletti told him he would make the opening-day roster. He will draw a base salary of $900,000. Wright can earn an additional $500,000 in incentives: $62,500 for 40 games pitched, $62,500 for 45 games pitched, $75,000 for 50 games pitched, $100,000 for 55 games pitched, $100,000 for 60 games pitched and $100,000 for 65 games pitched.
May 5, 2012 |
Mark Walter lives in Chicago. Stan Kasten spent most of his adult life in Atlanta. Peter Guber is an L.A. guy. So, when Guber pitched a nostalgic idea on behalf of L.A. fans, his partners in the new Dodgers ownership group listened. "Curly Coo," Guber told Kasten. "There is nothing like a Curly Coo. " Google that, and you get a bar in Scotland. Kasten had no idea what the heck Guber was talking about. Millions of Dodgers fans could have explained, the ones who cheered on Garvey, Lopes, Russell and Cey, the ones who rooted for Valenzuela, Hershiser and Piazza, all with ice cream dripping down the sides of their faces.
October 27, 2012 |
- Jackie Robinson's daughter said Saturday she has agreed to join the Dodgers' board of directors, strengthening the bond between the team and its most historically significant alumnus. Sharon Robinson said she would represent her family and the Jackie Robinson Foundation on the Dodgers' board. In return, she said, the Dodgers' new owners would select a representative to serve on the board of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Sharon Robinson appeared at Yankee Stadium last April 15, on the anniversary of the day her father broke the major league color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
January 22, 2012 |
Who's the front-runner in the Dodgers' ownership sweepstakes? It is impossible to say, since not all bidders have been identified publicly and mystery billionaires could be lurking. With opening bids due Monday, here's a look at prospective bidders who have been identified publicly: Magic Johnson/Stan Kasten: Championships in L.A.: Magic 5, Dodgers 5. Joe Torre/Rick Caruso: They're using money from banker most trusted by Warren Buffett. Steven Cohen/Arn Tellem: Cohen could buy Dodgers for $2 billion, still have $6 billion in net worth.
August 21, 2012 |
Just one more thing to add to the eternal divide between Dodgers and Angels fans: Angels owner Arte Moreno has contributed money to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, while the Dodgers ownership group has contributed to Barack Obama. The website WNYC.org has put together a great map that shows to whom and how much money sports team owners around the country have contributed. From the Dodgers, Magic Johnson, Todd Boehly, Robert Patton and Mark Walter have each contributed $5,000 to Obama.