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.
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.
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.
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."
October 14, 2009 |
The Dodgers' starting rotation could have a new look to it in the National League Championship Series. Manager Joe Torre said Hiroki Kuroda could join the Dodgers' playoff roster and start against the Philadelphia Phillies depending on how he feels today after pitching a simulated game Tuesday in Peoria, Ariz. Sidelined for the division series because of a bulging disk in his neck, Kuroda completed five innings in 49 pitches while facing minor leaguers before throwing an additional 21 pitches in the bullpen.
December 10, 2005 |
It has dawned on Ned Colletti that any time he wants to slow the frenetic pace he has established since becoming Dodger general manager, all it takes is a conversation with his new manager, Grady Little. Homespun Little is equal parts Texas cotton fields, North Carolina honeysuckle and dugout chewing tobacco. He was introduced at Dodger Stadium on Friday and, with grinning Colletti standing at his side, lobbed one-liners in an easy drawl. He was asked why he took the job.