December 25, 2009 |
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.
July 9, 2011 |
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.
January 21, 2010 |
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.
August 26, 2008 |
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.
September 6, 2011 |
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.
July 22, 2010 |
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.