March 27, 2008 |
TNT's Charles Barkley says that no other team in the NBA has a third-best player better than the Lakers' versatile Lamar Odom. . . . Fans of the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs probably would disagree, Odom's stellar productivity in Pau Gasol's absence notwithstanding. . . . Ray Allen, the Celtics' third-leading scorer, is an eight-time All-Star. . . . Manu Ginobili, not even a starter, is the Spurs' leading scorer. . . .
June 23, 2007
If a retirement planner from Pismo knows not to throw low fastballs to Matt Stairs but the Dodgers' pitching staff has never heard of such a report, either I missed my calling or Rick Honeycutt should carpool down to the unemployment line with Eddie Murray. BRUCE A. MCCLANAHAN Pismo Beach Mr. McCourt, will you please take down that right-field scoreboard? How many more players must be injured before you realize how dangerous it is? I watched in horror as James Loney went face first into it. Matt Kemp lost two months of the season because of it. Who cares about scores when you need to protect the most important investment -- the future of your organization.
June 16, 2007
Interesting scenario: The Dodgers hire the famously crabby Eddie Murray as their hitting coach after he runs Cleveland's bats into the ground; Colletti and Little say Murray's doing a great job, although the players grouse off the record that nobody can talk to him; the Dodgers sweep the Mets, outscoring New York, 18-5; then the Dodgers fire Murray. I guess there's a lot about baseball management I don't understand. BONNIE SLOANE Los Angeles Memo to Dodgers fans: When booing former Dodgers, you need to know the reason for their departure.
June 15, 2007 |
Step 1: Fire Eddie Murray as hitting coach. Step 2: Go on offensive rampage. That two-step program worked wonders for the Cleveland Indians two years ago, and the Dodgers took the same first step on Thursday, in the hope of reviving their offense. In announcing the dismissal of Murray on Thursday, the Dodgers essentially said they believe in their hitters more than their Hall of Fame hitting coach. "We're under-hitting," Manager Grady Little said.
January 12, 2006 |
The master of the frown was all smiles, wearing a Dodger cap and talking a blue streak. Eddie Murray seemingly granted more interviews in half an hour than he did in his 21-season Hall-of-Fame playing career. Murray loves to teach hitting, loves it so much he'll put up with the notebooks and microphones and incessant questions for the opportunity to coach.
June 5, 2005 |
The Cleveland Indians, struggling to score runs, fired hitting coach Eddie Murray, a Hall of Famer who was in his fourth year in the position. The Indians, with a potent offense a year ago, have scored only 75 runs in their last 16 games. Hitting coordinator Derek Shelton will take over as batting coach on an interim basis for the rest of the season.