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August 30, 2012 | By Austin Knoblauch
It seems every Dodgers fan has a reason for why Vin Scully is the greatest announcer of all time, and that includes Stan Kasten, president and chief executive of the Dodgers. Sitting down with Times columnist Bill Dwyre on Wednesday, Kasten said he isn't thinking about who will be behind the microphone once Scully calls it a career. Instead, Kasten, like a lot of Dodgers fans, is still in awe at what the 84-year-old announcer can accomplish on any given summer night. Kasten, who's been around long enough to be rarely surprised when something happens in the baseball world, told a story to his audience that illustrated Scully's knowledge of the game.
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April 17, 2014 | Chris Erskine
Bad TV deals are becoming a ruinous force, the Time Warner Cable deal the latest example, with Dodgers fans held hostage in yet another standoff. Welcome to America, 2014. It used to be copious bundles of advertising cash were once enough to keep TV and ballclubs afloat, now copious amounts of cable cash are required. Stop this train. I want to get off. Why isn't Bud Selig helping solve this fiasco? Where's L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti? We also have a couple of U.S. senators I haven't seen in maybe three years, and they are AWOL too. Feeling used or abandoned, Dodgers fans?
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March 28, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Every time Magic Johnson and Guggenheim money-man Mark Walter give an interview about their group taking over the Dodgers, there is a familiar refrain: Stan Kasten is the baseball guy. Only is he? Kasten made his baseball name as a baseball executive. He is the former president of the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals. He has never been a baseball general manager. He has been a basketball GM with the Atlanta Hawks, but once Ted Turner slid him over to the Braves, he was always an executive on the baseball side.
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April 1, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
So if a game is played in the forest and only about 30% of the people could watch it, did it really happen? Or something like that? The Dodgers will play the Padres in San Diego this afternoon, and it is the official beginning of the end. The end of being able to watch every Dodgers game on television somewhere. Somewhere is now only Time Warner Cable, the lone major provider carrying the Dodgers' new regional sports network, SportsNet LA. To the vast majority of Los Angeles-area residents, the blackout begins.
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December 12, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Think you're smarter than the average bear? Smartest bear in the den? Smartest bear somebody's ever met? You haven't met Stan Kasten. Zack Greinke said when he met privately with General Manager Ned Colletti, Manager Don Mattingly and Kasten prior to signing his six-year, $147-milliion contract, he came away dutifully impressed with the Dodgers CEO and part owner. “I don't want to make his head too big, but I thought Stan Kasten was like the smartest guy I've ever talked to,” Greinke said at his introductory press conference Tuesday.
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March 28, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. sounded noticeably excited about the news that a group led by Magic Johnson had agreed to purchase the Dodgers. "I'm pumped," Gwynn said. "I'm only pumped because I'm the biggest Lakers fan. I grew up a huge Magic Johnson fan. " He speculated that he wasn't the only one feeling that way Tuesday night. Matt Kemp told Gwynn that he wanted Johnson's group to buy the team. So did James Loney and Dee Gordon. "The big basketball guys were all pulling for Magic," Gwynn said.
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May 23, 2013 | T.J. Simers
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.
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September 5, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
As the Dodgers sprint toward the postseason, their president still can't forget the guy who stopped running. It was the eighth inning of Game 7 of the 1991 World Series. Stan Kasten's Atlanta Braves were locked in a scoreless tie with the host Minnesota Twins when Lonnie Smith raced from first base on a deep line drive by Terry Pendleton. The ball bounced off the left-center field wall and should have scored Smith. But as he rounded second base, he inexplicably stopped. Smith said he lost the ball in the white of the Metrodome ceiling.
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May 24, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
Meet Donnie Dark. The Dodgers embattled manager returned home Friday night with a scowl the size of a block of empty seats in the reserved section. He conducted his pregame news conference with a tight jaw and a thin stare. For 30 surreal minutes, the nicest man at Chavez Ravine barked. "It's what I believe in the way the game of baseball should be played, the determination you're supposed to play with, the grit you're supposed to play with, the toughness you're supposed to play with," he said.
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March 28, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
For Magic Johnson and his partners, a long day and a surreal night spilled into the wee hours of the morning. Johnson and Co. awoke Tuesday morning as one of three remaining bidders for the Dodgers, with a final auction set to start Wednesday. Baseball's owners approved all three bidders Tuesday afternoon. Frank McCourt then threw a curveball. The Johnson group's last offer was so much more lucrative than the others that McCourt wanted to take it right then and there. The attorneys on both sides hurriedly completed the documents, the court-appointed mediator blessed the deal, and McCourt congratulated the winners.
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March 28, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Dodgers President Stan Kasten was full of good news. The Dodgers have sold a record 35,000 season tickets. For the first time they will have sold 3 million tickets by their home opener. TV ratings were up 40% last year and are expected to rise again this season. Only, about that. Those rising TV ratings just might require that most of Los Angeles is actually able to view the games. The Dodgers' mainland opener in San Diego is Sunday and Time Warner Cable has yet to sign an other major provider up with the team's new regional sports network.
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March 17, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The greatest stain on the history of a proud franchise was officially dissolved Monday, when U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross signed a final decree ending the Dodgers' time in his court. The bankruptcy cases of the Dodgers and related entities "are hereby closed," Gross wrote in an order that ended the team's stay in bankruptcy court at 995 days. Gross signed the order as the Dodgers flew over the Pacific Ocean en route to Australia for Saturday's season opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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March 4, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
If you're a Dodgers fan, you know somebody like Brian Gadinsky. Chances are, you may even be like Brian Gadinsky. The TV producer moved to Los Angeles on an October day in 1988. The next night, Kirk Gibson hit the home run, and Gadinsky has been hooked ever since. He has season tickets on the reserved level. He is neither famous nor entitled, he is just an average guy with a powerful passion about a team that has come to represent his love for his city. When Frank McCourt's regime began to slowly burn, Gadinsky angrily canceled his tickets.
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January 10, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Baby, you can drive my car … Ah, Yasiel Puig. A humongous bundle of energy and unpredictability. Talent almost shoots out of his pores. He can do almost anything, which is both good and bad. He can unleash a laser throw to the plate or to places unknown, allowing the runner to take an extra base. He can help out a neighborhood Little League team or drive 110 mph with his mother in the car. But for all those hoping the 23-year-old outfielder will finally learn from his mistakes, comes this: He's hired a driver.
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January 4, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Outfielder Joc Pederson and right-hander Zach Lee will be among the 15 prospects who will participate in the Dodgers' annual winter development program next week at Dodger Stadium. The primary purpose of the five-day camp, which starts Sunday, is to familiarize players with the Los Angeles area, as well as life in the major leagues. Over the last six years, 40 graduates of the program reached the major leagues. The players will perform community service and listen to a series of speakers, including Don Mattingly, Tom Lasorda, Don Newcombe, Maury Wills, Eric Karros, Shawn Green, Stan Kasten (kids, just laugh at his jokes, even if they aren't funny)
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October 23, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez and Steve Dilbeck
Some of the suspense has been removed from the unexpected Don Mattingly managerial storm. His agent, Ray Schulte, said Wednesday that Mattingly intends to honor his contract and manage the Dodgers next season, though he would still like to pursue an extension. At Monday's end-of-the-season news conference, Mattingly announced the option for his contract in 2014 automatically vested when the Dodgers advanced to the National League Championship Series, but added somewhat ominously, “That doesn't mean I'll be back.” But an obviously wounded Mattingly went on to bemoan having to manage as a lame duck and how he felt he was still auditioning for the job in his third season as the Dodgers' manager.
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March 17, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The greatest stain on the history of a proud franchise was officially dissolved Monday, when U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross signed a final decree ending the Dodgers' time in his court. The bankruptcy cases of the Dodgers and related entities "are hereby closed," Gross wrote in an order that ended the team's stay in bankruptcy court at 995 days. Gross signed the order as the Dodgers flew over the Pacific Ocean en route to Australia for Saturday's season opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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October 23, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Don Mattingly will return to manage the Dodgers next season. Mattingly and the Dodgers agreed on at least that much Wednesday, as both sides said they would honor their existing contract. "Absolutely," said Stan Kasten, the Dodgers' president and primary decision maker. Said Mattingly's agent, Ray Schulte: "Donnie's always been a man of his word and he's under contract. " Only two days earlier, Mattingly blindsided upper management by saying he might not be back if he had to be a lame-duck manager for a second consecutive season.
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October 21, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
It was awkward and revealing, and fairly uncomfortable. And maybe gave a glimpse to the future, however it unfolds. Manager Don Mattingly sat at the same table as General Manager Ned Colletti to address the media Monday for a postseason press conference, one of those annual look-back affairs. The first question was fairly benign, inquiring about Mattingly returning next season. Asked if he thought he would be back, Mattingly revealed for the first time the option on his contract automatically kicked in after the Dodgers beat the Braves in the first round of the playoffs.
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