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.
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.
October 20, 2009 |
With their season on the line, the Dodgers will send their $100,000 pitcher to the mound for Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Manager Joe Torre announced on Monday that Vicente Padilla would be moved ahead of Clayton Kershaw in the rotation and start the Dodgers' next game, which will be played on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park. Signed by the Dodgers in August for a prorated share of the major league minimum, Padilla has allowed only one run in 14 1/3 innings over his two starts this postseason.
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.