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.
April 12, 2013 |
The aftermath of the Dodgers' losing Zack Greinke to a fractured collarbone Thursday will take a while to sort out, though I would have paid good money to hear what the emotional Ned Colletti honestly had to say after the game. For now, all the Dodgers know that Greinke is headed to the disabled list. Maybe for six weeks, maybe twice that. A medical report is expected later Friday. Meanwhile, though, the Dodgers have a fifth spot in their rotation to fill. The hard reality. And with the trade of Aaron Harang , those three extra starters they had in spring camp are down to Ted Lilly and Chris Capuano.
September 3, 2008 |
Sat down with Ned Colletti before Tuesday's Dodgers game to discuss the details of his acceptance speech once he's officially named Major League Baseball's executive of the year. "Huh?" said Colletti, and now you know why he needs a speech writer. It's over, of course, the Dodgers playing minor league outfits now, and a lock to win the division title on the strength of Colletti's wizardry -- Manny Ramirez and Casey Blake suddenly appearing out of nowhere. "Help me out here, Manny," Colletti shouted, while trying to divert attention from his genius.
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.
July 1, 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.
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)
December 19, 2009 |
The Dodgers will continue searching for starting pitchers after talks with the Cincinnati Reds about a deal for Aaron Harang reached an impasse. "That's all but dead," General Manager Ned Colletti said of the talks, first reported on Thursday. On the day the Dodgers officially announced their signing of Jamey Carroll to a two-year deal, Colletti wouldn't rule out adding another second baseman. But, he said, "I would rather use any money we have on pitching, if we can."