June 26, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mickey Hatcher, who was fired as the Angels hitting coach last month, has rejoined the Dodgers as a special assistant to General Manager Ned Colletti. A member of the Dodgers' 1988 World Series championship team, Hatcher will be involved in player development and assist the major league staff. “It's a great feeling being a Dodger again, it feels like I've come home,” Hatcher said in a statement released by the team. “This is where my roots were and where I was taught everything about the game and where I learned about professionalism.
August 7, 2013 |
The beard remains. Brian Wilson, the colorful closer who finished the San Francisco Giants' 2010 World Series championship and signed last week with the Dodgers, reported for rehabilitation duty at Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday. “I'm excited,” Wilson said minutes after entering the Quakes' clubhouse. “I'm with a squad [the Dodgers] showing strong playoff potential. I've played against these guys, it seems like they have a great team. My philosophy is when you have a loose clubhouse atmosphere, you have success.” Wilson, 31, proclaiming himself recovered reconstructive shoulder surgery after last pitching in the big leagues in April 2012, is scheduled to start for Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday night and pitch just the one inning.
March 18, 2006 |
With spring training winding down, the Dodger brain trust will convene Sunday to exchange views on the 25-man roster and formulate a plan for a triple-A team stocked with top prospects. General Manager Ned Colletti, assistants Kim Ng, Roy Smith and Bill Lajoie, Manager Grady Little and his coaches will be joined by player development director Terry Collins and the triple-A staff of Manager Jerry Royster and coaches Steve Yeager and Ken Howell.
July 12, 2011 |
Manny Ramirez he is not. But the Dodgers were convinced they made an upgrade in left field Tuesday by acquiring former Angel Juan Rivera from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a player to be named or cash. The Dodgers cleared a roster spot for Rivera by designating Marcus Thames for assignment. "I don't know if it's a final push, but he's someone we thought could improve our club," General Manager Ned Colletti said. The Dodgers are 11 games out of first place in the National League West.
July 2, 2013 |
That'll shake things up in the National League West. Or maybe not. The Dodgers and Cubs completed their expected trade of relievers Tuesday, essentially exchanging bullpen disappointments. As it worked out, there was nothing in the deal to send critics of General Manager Ned Colletti screaming into the night. Not one prospect was involved in the deal, let alone a highly prized one. The Dodgers get Carlos Marmol, a one-time All-Star, the Cubs get Matt Guerrier, a onetime bullpen workhorse.
May 24, 2013 |
All calm now? Everybody's exhaled, visualized tranquil waters, got all comfy in their half-lotus position? Seems the media-inspired frenzy over Don Mattingly's future as the Dodgers manager has abated for the moment. Anyway, let's hope. After a well-timed off-day that did not include his firing, the Dodgers return to play Friday, which at this point could almost serve as a pleasant diversion. Andre Ethier will also likely return to the lineup, and much to the chagrin of some, Mattingly to the bench, where if nothing else he seems slightly more their leader than a week ago. Of course, in the interim there was that nasty sweep in Atlanta that begot rampant media speculation that the end was near, at least for Mattingly.
May 20, 2013 |
MILWAUKEE - General Manager Ned Colletti said Don Mattingly has “done fine” managing the Dodgers, but refused to directly address mounting speculation that Mattingly could be fired in the near future. “My perspective hasn't changed,” Colletti said. Earlier this month, Colletti told Times columnist Bill Plaschke, “I'm confident we're going to turn it around, and I'm confident we have the right people.” Asked about media reports speculating that Mattingly could be dismissed this week, Colletti said, “I really don't read very much.
November 15, 2010 |
Hiroki Kuroda said he didn't have to listen to any other offers. He was told the Dodgers wanted him back. That was all he had to know to decide where he would play next season. Kuroda re-signed with the Dodgers on Monday evening, passing a physical to make official a one-year, $12-million deal. "The fact that they felt they needed me made me happy," said Kuroda, who completed a three-year, $35.3-million contract this year. Kuroda said other major league clubs informed him of their interest in him, but that he agreed to a deal with the Dodgers before any of them made an offer.
March 26, 2012 |
There must be something about the challenge of making a team as a non-roster invitee that brings out the best in pitcher Jamey Wright. For the seventh consecutive spring, Wright came to camp without any guarantee of making a major league club. Without a single promise. And for the seventh consecutive spring, he has apparently bucked the odds. A first-round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies in 1993, the 37-year-old right-hander will be with his 10th team in the last 10 years when he joins the Dodgers this season.
April 18, 2014 |
With the Dodgers' brass still ensconced upstairs, the Dodgers' spokesman on the story of Yasiel Puig's incredible journey from Cuba to the United States remains Manager Don Mattingly. Which is unfortunate, and unfair. Mattingly shouldn't have to be the one to answer the media's daily questions about Puig's escape, yet the Dodgers' manager remains dangled out there alone. The Dodgers returned home Friday for the first time since the story broke Sunday, and Mattingly was again left to meet the local media, cameras and newscasters at Dodger Stadium vainly attempting to gain any insight on Puig's story.