July 29, 2006
Who would've guessed the perennials in the garden would last longer into the season than the Dodgers, who have wilted under the hot sun. ADAM WAYNE Los Angeles It is good to see that Ned Colletti and Grady Little have found a way to make certain the Dodgers avoid their disappearing act in September. This year they took care of that in July. RALPH S. BRAX Lancaster Much-maligned Paul DePodesta made a controversial trade that landed the Dodgers this year's starting pitcher for the All-Star game.
August 27, 2011 |
As if the Dodgers aren't a mess already, all they have to offer their fans now is hope for better seasons ahead. So why are they still playing Andre Ethier this season and challenging his integrity? You don't have to be the team trainer, physician or general manager to understand there's something wrong with one of the team's very few good players. He was an All-Star, but since the break he's hitting .224 with seven runs batted in. His last home run came on July 25. Ask Ethier if he should still be playing on a right knee that will require off-season surgery, and he says, "If you're expecting me to do what I've done in the past, no, there's no possible way I can do that right now. You can say tough it out and give it your best shot, but it's not going to happen.
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.
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.
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.
October 10, 2013 |
Now for some more good news. It just doesn't stop for the Dodgers, unless possibly in the opener Friday of the National League Championship Series. For today, though, all is well. A confident Dodgers bunch is in St. Louis with two of the best pitchers in the National League -- Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw -- set to start the first two games. And then this news tidbit comes from ESPN: Magic Johnson will not return to the cable channel as an NBA studio analyst. “I don't feel confident that I can continue to devote the time needed to thrive in my role,” Magic said in a statement.