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.
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.
April 6, 2013 |
Most of the changes brought on by the Dodgers' new ownership group have been flashy, headline-grabbing. From a record baseball payroll to over $100 million in stadium improvements, the changes were designed to grab attention and inspire renewed belief in a beleaguered franchise. Just not all of the changes. One has been done so quietly as to not even be noticed. There was no announcement, no obscure press release, no real mention of it. The Dodgers have revamped their charity wing, largely divorcing themselves from the foundations associated with ex-owner Frank McCourt.
February 6, 2012 |
Jared Kushner, born into a prominent New York real estate family and son-in-law of Donald Trump, has emerged as a candidate in the bidding for the Dodgers. Kushner, who became owner and publisher of the New York Observer in 2006, has played a key role in expanding the family business beyond real estate. At 31, he would be the youngest owner in Major League Baseball. The Kushner bid is one of at least nine to advance to the second round of the Dodgers' ownership sweepstakes.
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.
March 30, 2012 |
The first words Magic Johnson spoke in an interview Wednesday had nothing to do with the price his group paid to buy the Dodgers, or how he would make the team better. "Jackie Robinson," Johnson said. Johnson talked about how honored and humbled he was -- not only to become one of the first African Americans to own a share of a Major League Baseball team, but to do so with the team with which Robinson broke baseball's color barrier. Johnson has reached out to Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson.
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 21, 2012 |
Orel Hershiser and Steve Garvey joined forces in a Dodgers bidding group that had plenty of star power but not enough money. Hershiser and Garvey failed to survive the first cut in the Dodgers' ownership sweepstakes. On a conference call to promote his ESPN Sunday night baseball broadcasts, Hershiser said his group did not have the resources to compete at the $1.5 billion range. "I think that we were knocked out at our $1.2 billion range. And then we weren't really able to go any higher," Hershiser said Wednesday, according to a transcript provided by ESPN.