November 3, 2007
Now Phil Jackson will have someone else in Los Angeles who could win titles only when he had great talent. Shaya Meir Los Angeles -- Without the $200-million payroll, Joe Torre is just another Bill Russell/Glenn Hoffman/Davey Johnson/Jim Tracy/Grady Little. Michael Maw Santa Monica -- I think the acquisition of Joe Torre and Don Mattingly is a great thing for the Dodgers. I would bat Mattingly third and Torre cleanup.
December 10, 2005
On Tuesday, the Dodgers announced the hiring of Forrest Gump, I mean Grady Little, as their new manager, and by Wednesday the accolades came pouring in about how great he is. The word from just about everyone seems to be that he's a soft-spoken, patient communicator, great at handling situations on and off the field who is well respected by his players. You know, just like Jim Tracy. RICHARD TURNAGE Burbank With the hiring of Grady Little as Dodger manager, I find it perfectly fitting that the team with the most retreads in baseball history has a gas station in the middle of its stadium parking lot. LARRY YELLS Hermosa Beach I could not disagree more with Bill Plaschke on the hiring of Grady Little as new Dodger manager.
November 29, 2005 |
The Dodgers will interview New York Met third base coach Manny Acta this week, bringing to four the number of candidates for the managerial job that has been vacant since Jim Tracy left Oct. 3. Former Tampa Bay bench coach John McLaren was interviewed Monday at Dodger Stadium and former Boston manager Grady Little will be interviewed this week. Jim Fregosi, who has managed four teams, was the first candidate interviewed and is considered the front-runner.
July 12, 2008 |
One in a series marking 50 years of the Dodgers in L.A. -- Branch Rickey disciple Al Campanis wrote "The Dodger Way to Play Baseball" in 1954. Campanis was scouting director on his way to becoming general manager, and his book, both symbolically and in practicality, became the organization's bible, preaching pride in coaching and fundamentals with an emphasis on pitching, speed and defense. The "Dodger Way" formed a significant part of the club's aura and attraction for decades, tutored to rookies in night classes at Dodgertown, envied and emulated by other organizations.
March 15, 2002 |
New Boston Red Sox Manager Grady Little replaced pitching coach Ralph Treuel with longtime friend and former New York Yankee bullpen coach Tony Cloninger on Thursday. Cloninger spent 15 years in the Yankee organization and was bullpen coach nine of the past 10 years. He was New York's pitching coach in 1993. He was a scout for the San Francisco Giants this season. "I've often said that it's not how much you know, it's how much you care.
June 3, 2006
How unfortunate that Brad Penny would choose Memorial Day, a time of remembering those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, to display what is truly wrong with professional sports today. JOHN R. GRUSH Mission Viejo Hey, Bad Penny, how lucky are you? What other job can you yell and scream at your boss in front of a stadium full of people and a television audience and not get fired or demoted? And sure, you want to finish the inning to be in line for a win, but it's the manager's job to decide if you should stay to perhaps get that win, or replace you and hopefully keep you -- and the team -- from getting a loss.
September 15, 2007
After pulling Brad Penny with a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning of Sunday's eventual loss to the Giants, Grady Little offered the following excuse: Penny was "pitching far too good a game to be in a position to lose right there." Did I read that right? Did Grady just pull his ace after he threw only 82 pitches -- in the middle of a pennant race -- in order to help Penny protect his stats? I have seen enough of this "players' manager." When will the Dodgers get a "team's manager"?
August 25, 2007
I've just read about the largest Kleenex-Fest ("Another Blue Saturday") I've ever seen in print with regard to the Dodgers' recent downward trend. Instead of "Another Blue Saturday," the letters section should have been called Waaaa-Palooza. Yes, the Dodgers' fortunes are turned for the moment. At the time of this letter, the Dodgers are 6 1/2 games behind Arizona. This is not an insurmountable deficit.
October 11, 2008
I am a Cubs fan who was at Dodger Stadium for the final game of the drubbing. The Dodgers were clearly the better team and deserved to advance in the playoffs. Enduring the loss was disappointing enough, but seeing the Raider-like behavior of quite a few fans was just shameful. There were plenty of Cubs fans who were just plain abused for doing nothing more than standing in a concession line wearing Cubs gear. The obnoxious offenders were not only tolerated but encouraged by others in the crowd.
June 28, 2006 |
Odalis Perez isn't demanding a trade, but he would be happy if the spot start he makes for the Dodgers today generates interest among other major league teams. With the Dodgers trading for Mark Hendrickson on Tuesday and exploring trades for other starters, they no longer appear to consider Perez a viable option for their starting rotation. "We've been down that road enough," Manager Grady Little said. "I think he's valuable for us in the bullpen."