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.
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 4, 2014 |
If you're a Dodgers fan, you know somebody like Brian Gadinsky. Chances are, you may even be like Brian Gadinsky. The TV producer moved to Los Angeles on an October day in 1988. The next night, Kirk Gibson hit the home run, and Gadinsky has been hooked ever since. He has season tickets on the reserved level. He is neither famous nor entitled, he is just an average guy with a powerful passion about a team that has come to represent his love for his city. When Frank McCourt's regime began to slowly burn, Gadinsky angrily canceled his tickets.
February 22, 2012 |
Peter O'Malley has withdrawn his bid to buy the Dodgers, two people familiar with the sale process said Tuesday. The decision means the O'Malley family will not reclaim the stewardship of the team that it owned for nearly half a century, a span during which the Dodgers won all six of their World Series championships. O'Malley declined to comment. The people who confirmed the decision were not authorized to discuss it publicly. Backed in part by the South Korean conglomerate E-Land, O'Malley was one of 11 bidders to survive the first cut. Blackstone Advisory Partners, the investment bank handling the Dodgers sale for owner Frank McCourt, has asked the remaining bidders to submit revised offers this week.
January 31, 2009
There isn't much of a choice here. Either Ned Colletti is a complete joke as a GM or Dodgers ownership is following the Donald Sterling model instead of Dr. Buss. Chances are, it's a little of both. How could Colletti say with a straight face that he would be comfortable with a starting lineup that includes Juan Pierre instead of Manny Ramirez? How can he look season-ticket holders in the eyes and tell them that signing either Braden Looper, Jon Garland, Dennys Reyes, Luis Ayala or Randy Wolf (a bust two years ago)
March 28, 2012 |
PHOENIX - Matt Kemp signed an eight-year, $160-million contract with the Dodgers over the winter. That figure seemed like a pittance compared with the $2.15 billion a group led by Magic Johnson agreed to pay for the team. "I feel broke," Kemp said. "I thought what I got was pretty good money, but what they have is ... wow ... two billion is a lot of money, man, it's a lot of dough. " Kemp laughed. A standout high school basketball player, Kemp was visibly excited by news that Johnson would be part of the next ownership group.
March 26, 2012 |
The kids wore wide smiles, and Dodgers T-shirts. They celebrated the new baseball field at their local park with a clinic last Saturday conducted by Dodgers alumni. The city councilman eventually left, and so did the retired players, but a generation of kids have the Dodgers to thank for a first-class place to play ball. When Frank McCourt looks back on 2011, he probably will not wear a smile. He fought in divorce court, and in bankruptcy court. He fought his ex-wife, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, his old law firm, the Dodgers' television partner, even the attorneys of the fan beaten nearly to death in the Dodger Stadium parking lot. However, as he prepares to surrender ownership of the team he fought so hard to keep, youths across the Southland can thank him for not pulling the plug on the Dodgers Dreamfield program.
March 26, 2012 |
There must be something about the challenge of making a team as a non-roster invitee that brings out the best in pitcher Jamey Wright. For the seventh consecutive spring, Wright came to camp without any guarantee of making a major league club. Without a single promise. And for the seventh consecutive spring, he has apparently bucked the odds. A first-round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies in 1993, the 37-year-old right-hander will be with his 10th team in the last 10 years when he joins the Dodgers this season.
May 3, 2011 |
The Dodgers currently do not have enough cash to meet payroll through this month, potentially accelerating a showdown between owner Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball. The cash shortage was confirmed Tuesday by two people familiar with the matter, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the possibility of McCourt filing suit against MLB. McCourt received a $30-million loan from Fox last month, which provided funding for the Dodgers' two April payrolls and is expected to carry them through the first May payroll.
July 2, 2012 |
Where's Magic Johnson been? You know, the supposed face of the new Dodgers ownership group. The guy who repeatedly promised he'd be at Dodger Stadium every single day. Only, of course, he hasn't been at the stadium every day. He's hardly been there at all. In the two months Guggenheim Baseball Management has owned the team, he's taken in a ballgame maybe a half-dozen times. So where's he been? He's been in Bristol, Conn. He's been in New York. He's been in the French Riviera.