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February 4, 2010
The "Ramirez Provision" is no more. The Dodgers -- and all other major league teams -- cannot mandate that a player donate to club charities as part of his contract, the commissioner's office and players' union have agreed. Michael Weiner, the executive director of the players' union, said the agreement does not restrict players from making donations but ensures the choice is theirs. "The goal here never has been to interfere with players making charitable contributions, which guys have a long history of doing," Weiner said Wednesday.
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September 6, 2011 | Bill Plaschke
It is a recent tradition, a heartfelt tradition, but the absolute strangest of traditions, so unique it happens during every game in only three major league baseball stadiums in the country. One of those places is Dodger Stadium, where the tradition requires one sentimental minute that some consider endless. The Seventh-Inning Vex. If you've been to Chavez Ravine any time during the last three years, you know what I'm talking about. In the middle of the seventh inning, you slowly stand up for the ancient ritual known as the seventh-inning stretch, yet suddenly find yourself in a combination church meeting and July Fourth celebration.
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April 14, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Joel Rubin and Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
The Los Angeles Police Department will be out in force Thursday night at Dodger Stadium for the first home game since authorities announced a "zero-tolerance" crackdown on rowdy behavior. The beefed-up law enforcement presence comes after a Santa Clara paramedic was severely beaten at the Dodgers' home opener. Fans can expect uniformed officers posted throughout the ballpark. Officials said the officers will be more aggressive about expelling or arresting people who cause trouble.
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July 9, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
The Dodgers aren't the only ones struggling with attendance. A protest of the team's ownership also drew a relatively small but boisterous crowd Saturday in front of Dodger Stadium. About 75 to 100 people took part in a "Save the Dodgers" rally to protest Frank McCourt's continued ownership of the club, which he recently placed in bankruptcy proceedings amid an ongoing struggle with Major League Baseball over the team's future. "My kids are 4 and 2, and I want to bring them to games, but I'm not going to bring them here, and I'm not going to a game and give that man any more of my money," said one protester, Rob Stelmar of La Mirada.
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December 25, 2009 | By Bill Shaikin
In a televised news conference last March, on the day Manny Ramirez agreed to his new contract with the Dodgers, owner Frank McCourt announced that Ramirez had pledged $1 million to the team's charitable foundation. McCourt said all future Dodgers contracts would include a clause, called the "Ramirez Provision," that would mandate such a donation. But the contract for infielder Jamey Carroll, the first player the Dodgers have signed to a negotiated major league contract since then, did not include a "Ramirez Provision," his agent said this week.
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January 21, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
The $90 seat is out at Camelback Ranch this spring, and free parking is in. The Dodgers have quietly eliminated the 198-seat VIP section at their spring home, in which fans were offered such perks as preferred parking, food coupons, sunscreen and "cool, scented towels." "Based on fan feedback, we determined that premium seating in spring training wasn't necessary," Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said Wednesday. Those VIP seats were sold for $90 last spring, the highest price in the Cactus or Grapefruit leagues.
SPORTS
July 9, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
The Dodgers aren't the only ones struggling with attendance. A protest of the team's ownership also drew a relatively small but boisterous crowd Saturday in front of Dodger Stadium. About 75 to 100 people took part in a "Save the Dodgers" rally to protest Frank McCourt's continued ownership of the club, which he recently placed in bankruptcy proceedings amid an ongoing struggle with Major League Baseball over the team's future. "My kids are 4 and 2, and I want to bring them to games, but I'm not going to bring them here, and I'm not going to a game and give that man any more of my money," said one protester, Rob Stelmar of La Mirada.
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August 26, 2008 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA -- With a nod to the sputtering economy, the Dodgers are dangling this offer in front of their season-ticket customers: Renew for next season now, and they won't increase your ticket prices. The offer extends through Sept. 5 and applies to full-season and partial-season tickets, chief operating officer Dennis Mannion said. "This economy is an abundant reality," he said. The Dodgers have increased almost all of their ticket prices every year since Frank McCourt bought the club in 2004.
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September 6, 2011 | Bill Plaschke
It is a recent tradition, a heartfelt tradition, but the absolute strangest of traditions, so unique it happens during every game in only three major league baseball stadiums in the country. One of those places is Dodger Stadium, where the tradition requires one sentimental minute that some consider endless. The Seventh-Inning Vex. If you've been to Chavez Ravine any time during the last three years, you know what I'm talking about. In the middle of the seventh inning, you slowly stand up for the ancient ritual known as the seventh-inning stretch, yet suddenly find yourself in a combination church meeting and July Fourth celebration.
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August 5, 2009 | Ben Bolch
This was more like a feast than a spoonful of gravy. Only hours after Manny Ramirez shrugged off the worst funk of his Dodgers tenure by saying he's reached the point in his career where "everything is gravy," the slugger homered and drove in three runs Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers. The left fielder began the game hitting .167 with no runs batted in in his previous 10 games.
NEWS
April 14, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Joel Rubin and Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
The Los Angeles Police Department will be out in force Thursday night at Dodger Stadium for the first home game since authorities announced a "zero-tolerance" crackdown on rowdy behavior. The beefed-up law enforcement presence comes after a Santa Clara paramedic was severely beaten at the Dodgers' home opener. Fans can expect uniformed officers posted throughout the ballpark. Officials said the officers will be more aggressive about expelling or arresting people who cause trouble.
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April 6, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers on Wednesday hired former Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton to develop what the team called a "security blueprint" for Dodger Stadium and the surrounding parking lots. The Dodgers retained Bratton amid pressure from civic leaders to upgrade ballpark security because of a parking lot attack last week that left a San Francisco Giants fan critically injured. Bratton will lead a consulting team but will not join the Dodgers as head of security, a position the team has left vacant for four months.
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July 22, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers attract fewer fans to their stadium than they did three decades ago. And, despite three trips to the playoffs in the last four years, one in five tickets has gone unused in that time. The attendance figures, part of a court filing in the divorce between Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his estranged wife, Jamie, provide rare insight into a question Major League Baseball hasn't answered in 17 years: How many people attend games? In 1993, in consolidating business operations between the National League and American League, MLB standardized the definition of attendance as tickets sold, not tickets used.
SPORTS
February 4, 2010
The "Ramirez Provision" is no more. The Dodgers -- and all other major league teams -- cannot mandate that a player donate to club charities as part of his contract, the commissioner's office and players' union have agreed. Michael Weiner, the executive director of the players' union, said the agreement does not restrict players from making donations but ensures the choice is theirs. "The goal here never has been to interfere with players making charitable contributions, which guys have a long history of doing," Weiner said Wednesday.
SPORTS
January 23, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez and Bill Shaikin
Frank McCourt had the breakfast crowd eating out of his hand. The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce honored him Thursday for extending the Los Angeles Marathon to the Santa Monica Pier, and the Dodgers' owner stood up to say thank you. "It's been a very quiet off-season for me," McCourt said, as the room erupted in laughter. McCourt emerged from his self-imposed silence last week, granting his first interviews since his acrimonious divorce proceedings started three months ago, just as baseball's winter shopping season got underway.
SPORTS
January 21, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
The $90 seat is out at Camelback Ranch this spring, and free parking is in. The Dodgers have quietly eliminated the 198-seat VIP section at their spring home, in which fans were offered such perks as preferred parking, food coupons, sunscreen and "cool, scented towels." "Based on fan feedback, we determined that premium seating in spring training wasn't necessary," Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said Wednesday. Those VIP seats were sold for $90 last spring, the highest price in the Cactus or Grapefruit leagues.
SPORTS
April 6, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers on Wednesday hired former Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton to develop what the team called a "security blueprint" for Dodger Stadium and the surrounding parking lots. The Dodgers retained Bratton amid pressure from civic leaders to upgrade ballpark security because of a parking lot attack last week that left a San Francisco Giants fan critically injured. Bratton will lead a consulting team but will not join the Dodgers as head of security, a position the team has left vacant for four months.
SPORTS
July 22, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers attract fewer fans to their stadium than they did three decades ago. And, despite three trips to the playoffs in the last four years, one in five tickets has gone unused in that time. The attendance figures, part of a court filing in the divorce between Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his estranged wife, Jamie, provide rare insight into a question Major League Baseball hasn't answered in 17 years: How many people attend games? In 1993, in consolidating business operations between the National League and American League, MLB standardized the definition of attendance as tickets sold, not tickets used.
SPORTS
December 25, 2009 | By Bill Shaikin
In a televised news conference last March, on the day Manny Ramirez agreed to his new contract with the Dodgers, owner Frank McCourt announced that Ramirez had pledged $1 million to the team's charitable foundation. McCourt said all future Dodgers contracts would include a clause, called the "Ramirez Provision," that would mandate such a donation. But the contract for infielder Jamey Carroll, the first player the Dodgers have signed to a negotiated major league contract since then, did not include a "Ramirez Provision," his agent said this week.
SPORTS
August 5, 2009 | Ben Bolch
This was more like a feast than a spoonful of gravy. Only hours after Manny Ramirez shrugged off the worst funk of his Dodgers tenure by saying he's reached the point in his career where "everything is gravy," the slugger homered and drove in three runs Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers. The left fielder began the game hitting .167 with no runs batted in in his previous 10 games.
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