May 6, 2006
Steve Howe was the best relief pitcher I ever saw. When it was nail-biting time at a Dodger game and I was sure doom and gloom would prevail, the sight of him striding onto the mound made the bluebirds chirp and the skies clear. He always saved the day. I wish he could have saved himself. SANDRA COOPERSMITH Culver City Vin Scully said, "The thing I remember about Steve Howe was how calm he always was, how low-key he could be in pressure spots. He always seemed detached from the crowd.
November 4, 2007 |
Luis Gonzalez said he has changed his mind about no longer wanting to play for the Dodgers, the reason being their recent hiring of Joe Torre as manager. The 40-year-old left fielder, who filed for free agency Wednesday, was dissatisfied with his diminished role on the team and declared at the end of last season that he had no intention of retuning to Los Angeles. "This is no knock against Grady," Gonzalez said, referring to former manager Grady Little, who resigned Tuesday.
September 9, 2006
One of the many irritating things about Jim Tracy as manager of the Dodgers was his habit of resting his best hitter when he was hot. (I say hitter because they had only one last year, Jeff Kent). Tracy seems to have left that germ in the manager's office, and now Grady Little has the bug. Just when it looked as if J.D. Drew might surprise everyone and carry the team through September, Little rests him for two games in a row, both losses. Nomar Garciaparra breaks out of his funk with a six-RBI game, so naturally he needs to rest the next day. When he comes back the stroke is gone.
April 8, 2006
With Dodger ticket prices skyrocketing, I won't be able to sit in the stadium and watch the games. However, with the latest rash of disabled-list additions, at least Ned Colletti's acquisitions will. KELLIE URDANG Sherman Oaks During the Dodgers' opener, I had the pleasure of watching, um, No. 56 throw a very bad two-thirds of an inning. So I would like to pass a quick note to the Dodgers: Put the names back on the jerseys. THOMAS SEXTON Huntington Beach Referring to modern technology, Eric Gagne suggests that "If they had some of the stuff we have now when guys like Sandy Koufax were around, he'd still be pitching today."
July 21, 2007
The only way Mark Hendrickson can help the Dodgers is if he gets traded to the Padres to pitch. It's time for Ned Colletti to end this weird science experiment. STACEY RHOTEN Covina * Clearly, Brett Tomko knows how to attract interest in his services as a starting pitcher: Maintain an ERA over 6.00, complain about his role on a team tied for the division lead while serving as a distraction to his teammates. D.J. Houlton should take notes if he ever wants to leave Las Vegas.
September 23, 2003 |
Byung-Hyun Kim has put his problems behind him -- just in time for the playoffs. The Boston reliever, who nearly lost his job as closer, saved his second consecutive game, pitching a perfect ninth inning Monday night to protect the Red Sox's 7-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Boston also maintained its 2 1/2-game lead over Seattle in the American League wild-card race.
June 28, 2008
The Dodgers are in the mess that they are in because of GM Ned Colletti. However, Joe Torre has done nothing to help the situation. His constant reliance on Scott Proctor in the bullpen and Mark Sweeney as the first hitter off the bench has cost the Dodgers many games. I guess it's a bit harder to work with a team that isn't blessed with Mariano Rivera coming out of the pen and pinch-hitters actually capable of swinging a bat. Jordan Klein Beverly Hills The Dodgers are still in the NL West race, but they could have saved a lot of money since their record would probably be similar under Joe Torre or Grady Little.
July 27, 2003 |
David Ortiz knows how to take orders. Called on to pinch-hit with two out in the ninth inning of a tie game Saturday, Ortiz carried out Boston Manager Grady Little's instructions to the letter. "I wasn't trying to do too much that at-bat. Grady told me to go and hit the Green Monster," Ortiz said. He did just that, sending Armando Benitez's pitch off the wall in left-center at Fenway Park for an RBI single that gave the Red Sox a 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees.
September 29, 2006 |
How hot are the Dodgers? They are so hot that, on Wednesday night, one of their best players was on fire. "Literally," Derek Lowe said. For all the silliness they survived Thursday afternoon, nothing compared to the incident 18 hours earlier, when Lowe accidentally set his pants ablaze in the dugout. "Craziest thing I've ever seen," Manager Grady Little said. In the top of the fifth inning, Lowe was standing in the corner of the dugout preparing to step into the on-deck circle.
June 7, 2007 |
Turns out that Phillip Wellman -- the minor league manager who threw that bizarre, belly-crawling tantrum after getting tossed from a game last week -- was on the staff of Dodgers Manager Grady Little in Class-A ball in Durham, N.C. Yes, Little caught the video of Wellman's drawn-out antics, replayed countless times last weekend. "How are you going to miss it?" Little told Times staff writer Ben Bolch.