June 28, 2013 |
With the Dodgers on a winning streak and most of their key players healthy, General Manager Ned Colletti sounded upbeat when addressing the state of his team. “It's good to see us get guys back,” Colletti said in an interview Friday. “We went through a long stretch where we were really banged up in a lot of key areas.” Left fielder Carl Crawford remains sidelined with a strained hamstring, but is expected back before the All-Star break. Even with Crawford out, the Dodgers figure to be able to field an All-Star-caliber outfield, as Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier will be stating most games.
May 28, 2013 |
The Dodgers' controlling owner said Tuesday that he will not be the person who decides whether to retain or fire Manager Don Mattingly. That call, as well as any other major personnel decisions, will be made by President Stan Kasten and General Manager Ned Colletti, according to Mark Walter. "These guys are in charge," Walter said before the Dodgers' 3-0 victory over the Angels. "Nobody wants me running this team. If they do, that's a huge mistake. I'm not qualified to run a baseball team.
May 23, 2013 |
I don't know Mark Walter , the Guggenheim guy who runs the Dodgers. We had one phone conversation, and I'd rather talk to Jamie McCourt . I've written off Stan Kasten as a blowhard, and while I really like Ned Colletti , we have our disagreements. But they all get high marks today as bosses. I thought after we watched Walter run on the field last season to celebrate a game-winning hit and generally come across as a yahoo fan, he'd panic in defeat. I thought Kasten would do something dramatic to reassert himself as some kind of baseball whiz.
May 20, 2013 |
MILWAUKEE - Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti was evasive when asked Monday about Don Mattingly's job status, refusing to say whether the last-place team could fire its manager this week. Against this backdrop of uncertainty, Clayton Kershaw pitched his second complete game of the season, a 107-pitch masterpiece in a 3-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park that ended the Dodgers' three-game losing streak. "Every time I get in trouble, Kersh saves me for one more day," Mattingly said jokingly.
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.
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.
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.
March 4, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Carl Crawford's health has been one of the main story lines through the first two weeks of spring training. But if Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti is concerned, he's done a good job masking it. Crawford had hoped to make his Cactus League debut last Thursday, only to spend the day flying to Los Angeles to have his surgically repaired left elbow checked by team doctor Neal ElAttrache. The diagnosis was minor nerve irritation, which ElAttrache said is common during the rehab process from Tommy John surgery.
March 3, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Count Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti among those who have been impressed with outfielder Yasiel Puig. "He's been very exciting," Colletti said of Puig, a Cuban defector who entered Sunday hitting .389 in 18 spring training at-bats. Manager Don Mattingly has another word to describe Puig: "Raw," said the skipper, who has tried to tramp down expectations for the precocious 22-year-old. The Dodgers signed Puig to a seven-year, $42-million contract - a record for a Cuban amateur - last summer despite the fact he hadn't played in a game in more than a year.
February 17, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Andre Ethier heard the whispers all winter. About how the Dodgers were shopping him. How they could trade him to the Tampa Bay Rays for James Shields . Or sign Michael Bourn and move Matt Kemp to right field, making him expendable. But as these rumors swirled, Ethier said he remained calm. Earlier in the off-season, he had heard directly from General Manager Ned Colletti and Manager Don Mattingly , who both assured him he wasn't being shopped.