November 9, 1996
Is the John Wetteland who saved all four of the Yankee victories in the World Series and was voted the MVP the same John Wetteland that Fred Claire shuffled off to Montreal before finding out what he could really do? Of course, Wetteland is a common name, so it might be he is another pitcher with the same last name. LEONARD MOMZUR Beverly Hills
June 23, 1998
FRED CLAIRE PROFILE * Age: 62 * Background: In 30th season with the Dodgers and his 12th as general manager. He took over after Al Campanis was fired in 1987 for controversial remarks about blacks in baseball. * Awards: Voted the 1988 Baseball Executive of the Year by The Sporting News. SENIOR SERVICE Fred Claire had the longest consecutive active service time as a major league general manager until he was fired Sunday.
November 19, 1988
It puzzles me that, after winning the World Series with a big assist from Steve Sax and Mike Marshall, Fred Claire tried to play it fast and loose with these two great players. It is gratifying to know that Claire had a change of heart and signed Marshall, but it seems to me that Steve Sax is even more important to the team. HENRY GILMAN Lake Elsinore
October 1, 1994
The summary dismissal of Ron Perranoski by Fred Claire appears to be a classic example of an incompetent ridding himself of an expert to provide a scapegoat for his own mismanagement. The Dodgers were ninth in earned-run average this season, but can you blame Perranoski for Claire's disposing of John Wetteland and Pedro Martinez, thus destroying the bullpen? Los Angeles, let's take a hard look at what Claire has let slip or given away and what he brings in. Fred, the Dodgers needed a class individual and a baseball man like Perranoski for your youth movement.
December 22, 1989 |
General Manager Larry Doughty has denied the Pittsburgh Pirates are about to deal left fielder Barry Bonds to the Dodgers for third baseman Jeff Hamilton and pitcher John Wetteland. Doughty talked to Dodgers General Manager Fred Claire on Wednesday, but no deal was worked out. "Fred Claire and I resolved that we didn't have a deal but that we would leave the lines open into spring training," Doughty said. Wetteland, 23, was 5-8 with a 3.77 earned run average as a rookie last season.
August 24, 1987 |
The rumors have started. It is being whispered that if George Steinbrenner fires Lou Piniella as the New York Yankees manager when the season ends, he will go after Dodger Manager Tom Lasorda for a dual front-office and field position. Lasorda has said that he wants to become a general manager, but Fred Claire's front-office role with the Dodgers has clouded Lasorda's future.
January 24, 1998 |
Dodger Executive Vice President Fred Claire responded to published reports in the Seattle Times on Friday that the Dodgers and Seattle Mariners are working on a multiplayer deal that would send left-hander Randy Johnson to the Dodgers in exchange for right-hander Ismael Valdes and two other players. "I wouldn't term anything there as being close in any way," Claire said.
January 24, 1998
I don't live in the Southland, but I must assume that it is a very cold winter down there, since both Dave Taylor of the Kings and Fred Claire of the Dodgers have been spending all of their time sitting on their hands. While other general managers have been going out and making trades to improve their teams, Claire and Taylor keep peddling how much they like the composition of their teams. Hint to both: The other teams in your divisions like the composition of your teams too! BILL COADY Paradise, Calif.
February 15, 1992
What's wrong if Kal and Darryl aren't the best of Dodger blue friends? Fred Claire, who probably called the media before he called the two players, says they hugged, kissed and made up. I'm nauseated. Why does everything need to be peachy keen all the time? Claire tries to make everything look good, even to the point of hiding information, for the sole purpose of image and marketing, which makes me even more nauseated when he thinks we don't realize this. GREGG SILVER, Redondo Beach