July 22, 1989
What's wrong with the 1989 Dodgers? In order of importance: 1. Living in the past, i.e., 1988. 2. Fred Claire's ego. 3. Peter O'Malley's softness. Living in 1988, example one: Gibson, batting .219 and waiting for Tom Lasorda to take him out, which Lasorda will not do. Why not? Because in 1988 Gibson was an absolute miracle. Taking Gibson out, even for a week, would help the team and help Gibson. Living in 1988, example two: John Shelby, batting .156.
January 7, 1997 |
No "For Sale" sign was waiting outside 1000 Elysian Park Ave. when employees drove up Monday morning for work. There was no Century 21 sign, no real estate agent's shingle, no "CALL PETER (213) 224-1500" warning of what was up. There was only an e-mail message from Bob Graziano, the baseball team's vice president of finance, notifying everyone to come to the Stadium Club for an 11 a.m. staff meeting.
September 23, 2013 |
Mayor Eric Garcetti probably thought he would face no opposition when he threw his support behind an idea to rename a street near Dodger Stadium after Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully . Well, a dissenting voice has emerged. Scully's. At Scully's request, the Dodgers issued a statement Sunday night on his behalf pooh-poohing the idea. “The mayor of Los Angeles has a great deal more important things to do than name a street after me,” Scully said in the statement.
March 13, 1988 |
The worst defeat in Dodger history? If you think the worst defeat in Dodger baseball history was delivered by Carl Hubbell, Dizzy Dean, the hated Giants, Casey Stengel's Yankees, Whitey Ford, Jack Clark, the home run by Bobby Thomson in 1951, the dropped third strike by Mickey Owen or the three home runs Reggie Jackson hit in the sixth game of the 1977 World Series, you just may have to guess again.
January 25, 2012 |
Eight years ago this week Bob Daly , you know, the Movie Guy, joined Fox in selling the Dodgers to Frank McCourt . "We made a horrible mistake," says Daly. "We didn't realize what a bad guy he was. " Daly had been a success at CBS for almost 25 years, another 20 as head of Warner Bros. before buying an interest in the Dodgers. He became managing partner after Fox initially floundered in running the operation. Under Daly's four-year watch, the team finished 50 games above .500.
March 23, 1995 |
Dodger President Peter O'Malley said it will be "economic disaster" if the baseball season opens with replacement players, but he is braced for the inevitable. "You hear (acting Commissioner) Bud Selig and others say the short-term pain will be worth the long-term gain," O'Malley said. "Well, I'd like someone to explain that one to me. How anyone can come to that conclusion is beyond me."
September 28, 1994 |
On the day before his team is expected to eliminate 25% of its front-office positions, Dodger owner Peter O'Malley went to Milwaukee on Tuesday to discuss the state of the game with baseball's acting commissioner, Bud Selig. O'Malley could not be reached for comment, and Selig said only that the meeting was "extremely cordial" and included a thorough discussion of where the industry is as it copes with a players' strike that began on Aug.
December 29, 1990
Now that corporate raiders Peter O'Malley and Fred Claire have gone on a shopping spree and outfitted their team with top-of-the-line, imported merchandise, the Dodgers should sell off their minor league franchises. Why pay for production they'll never use anyway? Since Dodger management has little confidence in their own product, and since their marketing plan is to go outside and raid competition, they should take money from the close-out sale and invest it in CDs. Then late next year, when 1992 models are introduced, Claire can take his fat checkbook and again buy the latest in pitchers, outfielders, etc. Perhaps Claire should consider moving unused merchandise such as Chris Gwynn and Jose Gonzalez, who are just gathering dust while taking up valuable shelf space.
September 15, 1995 |
Peter O'Malley is offering himself as the brave heart who will lead the crusade to bring professional football back to Los Angeles. Let's let O'Malley know that we are behind him, absolutely, 100%. I can think of at least five reasons the Dodger Stadium caretaker should run our next NFL franchise: 1. Location. 2. Location. 3. Location. 4. O'Malley would be that rare NFL owner who never makes a fool of himself. 5. This could mean far more opportunities for Japanese football stars.
October 15, 1992 |
National League President Bill White said in Atlanta that baseball's executive committee conferred by phone for more than an hour Wednesday to "refine the procedure" by which a $95-million offer by the San Francisco-based group attempting to keep the San Francisco Giants in the Bay Area will be weighed against the $115-million offer by the Tampa-St. Petersburg group.