October 16, 2008 |
Ned Colletti will return as the Dodgers' general manager next season, club owner Frank McCourt said Wednesday. McCourt had declined to discuss the issue all season, even after the Dodgers clinched the National League West championship. However, after the Dodgers lost in the National League Championship Series, McCourt said Colletti would be back. The Dodgers won a playoff series for the first time in 20 years, reaching the playoffs for the second time in three years under Colletti.
November 17, 2005 |
Into a room whose walls still echoed talk of sample sets and sabermetrics, the new Dodger general manager showed up Wednesday and changed the subject. Ned Colletti, talking hardball. "Can we win as the team is constituted right now?" he said. "No. We've got our hands full." Ned Colletti, talking clubhouses. "I believe in character, work ethic, coachability, how badly someone wants to win," he said. "Statistics don't tell the whole story." Ned Colletti, talking swagger.
October 10, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - Mark McGwire is family here. No one saw that coming, not at the beginning. The St. Louis Cardinals rented him for the pennant stretch in 1997, and surely the California kid would serve out his two months, then go home in free agency. He stayed, for the rest of his career. He electrified the city, home run after home run after record-breaking home run. In 2001, when he could no longer play, he walked away from the Cardinals, and from the $30 million they had guaranteed him. In 2010, when he admitted he had used steroids, St. Louis gave him a big hug and welcomed him back to the Cardinals, this time as the hitting coach.
March 7, 2009
With the Manny deal consummated, I would like to thank Frank McCourt on behalf of all Dodgers season-ticket holders for publicizing an accounting strategy I hadn't considered before last week. As it relates to my $25,000 season-ticket invoice that is now well overdue, I have just mailed a check for $5,000 and will defer the balance over the next four years without interest. After all, as Mr. McCourt espouses, "it provides financial flexibility, which is a great thing to have in this economy."
February 12, 2009 |
The Dodgers waste no opportunity to promote Tom Lasorda, and vice versa. So Lasorda will board a tour bus this morning at Dodger Stadium, entertaining reporters and sponsors on a six-hour ride to the team's new spring home in Glendale, Ariz. Here's a better idea: Kick the reporters and sponsors off the bus. Put Frank McCourt and Ned Colletti on it. Head south to Newport Beach and pick up Scott Boras. Then head east, across the desert, toward Arizona. No one crosses the state line until the Dodgers sign Manny Ramirez.
May 4, 2013 |
The Dodgers have gotten more offense out of their pitchers than their third basemen. That makes any news about Chase Headley pertinent to the Dodgers. The new ownership group of the San Diego Padres had been practically invisible all season, until Executive Chairman Ron Fowler popped up Wednesday to tell U-T San Diego the team soon would offer Headley a contract that would make him the richest player in franchise history. "Indentured servitude went out a long time ago, so we can't force him to stay here," Fowler said.
April 24, 2010 |
When the Dodgers rushed onto the field to celebrate their 4-3, 13-inning victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday, Manny Ramirez wasn't there. He wasn't even in the ballpark. Ramirez, who was put on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a strained right calf, had returned to Los Angeles. The main reason was that Ramirez has a Monday appointment scheduled with team physician Neal ElAttrache , who will review the results of the MRI exam Ramirez had Friday.
May 11, 2013 |
Memories, may be beautiful and yet What's too painful to remember We simply choose to forget … Ah, yes, but sometimes they do come flooding back. Which would explain the barrage of emails, tweets and texts I've been receiving all day asking - no, pleading - for me to write the Dodgers off. Some of you are truly amazing, remembering all the way back to 2006 when the Dodgers also lost eight consecutive games and I said they were done. In July. This was while I was at the Los Angeles Daily News, and The Times' T.J. Simers was so aghast at my boldness that he got out his pompoms and wrote an entire column ripping me for it . Must be where he learned to be so negative.