November 20, 2005 |
A few days ago, word got out that Ned Colletti might be the next general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. I have known Ned for nearly 30 years. It sounded too good to be true. So, I touched base to see if it was. "We shall see," was all he could tell me Sunday. "I have an overwhelming peace about it either way." Wednesday, he was introduced as the Dodgers' GM.
November 17, 2005 |
It was a dream job, but not under dream circumstances. The Chicago Cubs wanted to hire him. The Cubs! He had grown up in Chicago. He loved the Cubs. Ned Colletti loved baseball, ever since his father had treated him to a day at Wrigley Field for his seventh birthday. But he was in Philadelphia, an out-of-work hockey writer, wondering how he could possibly support a wife and newborn child on $14,000 a year, the Cubs' pay rate for an entry-level job in media relations.
August 5, 2008 |
To those who shake their heads at Ned Colletti while uttering the names of Andruw Jones and Jason Schmidt, the embattled Dodgers general manager can now offer a hearty retort. Manny Ramirez is batting .615 with two homers and five runs batted in three games since the Dodgers acquired him last week from the Boston Red Sox, and Casey Blake is hitting .364 with one homer and two RBIs in nine games since coming over in a trade from Cleveland.
August 30, 2009 |
Twists and turns along glory road The Dodgers could use a guy like Edwin Jackson , who averages seven innings per start and has not given up more than four runs since May 4. Jackson ranks third in the American League with a 2.96 earned-run average, trailing Cy Young Award favorites Zack Greinke and Felix Hernandez . The Dodgers had Jackson, of course. He made his major league debut six years ago, on his 20th birthday. He beat Randy Johnson , and the Dodgers and their fans envisioned the very success he is enjoying now. Didn't happen here.
May 4, 2008 |
The week ahead Dodgers: The New York Mets executed one of the ugliest collapses in baseball history last September, coughing up a seven-game lead with 17 games to play. The Dodgers did not distinguish themselves either, losing 11 of their last 14 games to fall from 3 1/2 games out of first place to eight. The Mets and Dodgers have the highest payrolls in the National League, the Mets at $138 million and the Dodgers at $119 million, and another underachieving summer could leave the general managers -- Omar Minaya for the Mets, Ned Colletti for the Dodgers -- looking for work.
June 30, 2010 |
The Dodgers are bracing themselves for the possibility that they could lose Manny Ramirez for the second time this season. Manager Joe Torre said he has already met with General Manager Ned Colletti to discuss their options in the outfield if Ramirez lands on the disabled list. Ramirez, who strained his right hamstring in the Dodgers' second of three games in San Francisco, is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Thursday morning. "We'll have an evaluation, a decision at that time," Torre said.
October 14, 2006
It was a scenario Dodgers fans dreamed about: Paul Lo Duca delivers a clutch hit during the game-winning rally and Shawn Green squeezes the final out to clinch the National League Division Series. Too bad the champagne flowed in the visitors' clubhouse. Allow me to be the first to say congratulations to the Los Angeles Mets of New York. STEVE ROSS Sherman Oaks Grady Little has now disabused the baseball world of any notion that his reputation for making terrible pitching decisions is undeserved.
May 12, 2007 |
Ned Colletti normally lives and dies with every ball, strike, bloop and blast during Dodgers games. For three days while the team was in Florida, though, he ducked over to Las Vegas. Keno? Poker? Dice? More like Kemp, Abreu and Brazoban. Colletti didn't get away from baseball. The Dodgers' general manager watched his parent club on television, then went to the ballpark to watch prospects play triple-A games.
October 7, 2006
Hey, Grady, I know that I should defer to you, since you are a professional manager and you have such a sterling track record in the playoffs, but ... Seems to me that you had Broxton and Saito ready to go in Games 1 and 2 and the best you could do was Penny, Tomko and Hendrickson? Just because you sound just like Forrest Gump doesn't mean you have to manage like him ... or worse. KEVIN WEBB San Bernardino Lofton (.000), Drew (.125), Furcal (.143), Martin (.143)