January 26, 2002
To those who feel the Dodgers trading Gary Sheffield was the stupidest trade in team history, do I have to remind you this is the same team under the same owner who once traded Mike Piazza? That was the stupidest trade in team history, not this one. Remember, none of this would have happened had Chase Carey let Fred Claire do his job, because had Claire been allowed to do his job, he never would have traded Piazza for Sheffield. Bottom line here is, they got rid of a great player who didn't want to be here.
April 29, 2001 |
Former general manager Kevin Malone bemoaned the state of the Dodger farm system he inherited from Fred Claire. The club had many poor amateur drafts in the 1990s under Claire, and scouts said the Dodgers do not have impact prospects at triple-A Las Vegas or double-A Jacksonville. But the cupboard apparently was not as bare as some believed. Twelve players, or almost half the 25-man roster, were drafted or signed as amateur free agents on Claire's watch.
April 20, 2001 |
Kevin Malone was hired by Bob Graziano, a money guy. Graziano was rehired by Bob Daly, a movie guy. Bob Daly was appointed by Peter Chernin and Chase Carey, entertainment guys. Chernin and Carey's company bought a Dodger team run by Fred Claire, a public relations guy. Claire relied on farm director Charlie Blaney, a hotel guy. Claire and Blaney were hired after the 1987 firing of Al Campanis. A baseball guy. The last baseball guy.
June 25, 2000 |
As Dodger players and coaches testified before Paul Beeston in Houston in their appeal of the suspensions for the incident with fans at Wrigley Field, former general manager Fred Claire returned to the interview stand in Los Angeles, talking about the latest charge of signing of an underage foreign player. Current management puts that on the former regime.
November 13, 1999 |
Fred Claire, former general manager of the Dodgers, said Friday that he had no knowledge of Adrian Beltre's possible signing before he had reached the legal minimum of 16 and, if that happened, he considered it a violation of the trust and responsibility the organization had placed in Ralph Avila, the longtime vice president in charge of operations in the Dominican Republic.
October 29, 1999 |
On the day the Fox Entertainment Group took its hands off day-to-day operation of the Dodgers, Chairman Peter Chernin tried to wash his hands of the worst move made on Fox's watch--the disastrous trade of catcher Mike Piazza. "That was originally suggested by [former general manager] Fred Claire," Chernin said at a Thursday news conference to announce that former studio executive Robert Daly would be taking control of the team. "We were not dreaming up those things."
September 29, 1999 |
Right you are, Fox. That thing in front of your face? Yep, that's a nose. It took Fox officials two years, but finally they saw it Tuesday, saw what others had seen for months, saw something they should have known for two years. Finally, they realized that Bob Graziano, a nice and decent man who would make a fine president of a bank, was overmatched as president of a baseball team.
June 22, 1999 |
One year ago Monday, Fox shook up the Dodgers--all of baseball, actually, considering the team's conservatism during its first four decades in Los Angeles--by firing Fred Claire and Bill Russell and, three days later, announcing that coaches Reggie Smith, Mark Cresse and Glenn Gregson were also out. Where are they now? Claire teaches a sports business and media class at USC and consults on baseball projects. Russell manages Tampa Bay's double-A team in Orlando. Smith runs baseball camps in the San Fernando and Simi Valleys.