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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

ESPN: Dodgers hire Grady Little as manager

“His explanation of [‘the Pedro non-move’] gave me great confidence in who he is,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Tuesday after hiring the former Red Sox field boss in Los Angeles. “It’s not easy being in that spot. But his way of handling it was very admirable.”

The Dodgers gave Little, 55, a two-year deal with an option for a third. He beat out Jim Fregosi, John McLaren, Manny Acta and Joel Skinner for the chance to succeed Jim Tracy, who parted ways with the Dodgers on Oct. 3—the day after the club completed its second-worst season since moving west from Brooklyn in 1958.

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   1. The Rafael Bournigal fan club Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:04 AM (#1764723)
I can't help but laugh.
   2. Dewey, Soupuss Not Doomed to Succeed Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:04 AM (#1764724)
Sox Therapudlians coming in to talk about Pedro in 3..., 2...
   3. The District Attorney Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:05 AM (#1764726)
Manager's decision.
   4. Inquisitor Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:07 AM (#1764727)
After I read the headline, I started giggling like a little schoolgirl. I'm still chuckling as I'm writing this...
   5. Sam M. Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:09 AM (#1764728)
In other news, the Dodgers are about to hire

Tom DeLay as their Ethics Ombudsman.

Jim Duquette as their General Manager.

Michael Brown as their Diaster Preparedness Director.

Bob Shrum as their Campaign Manager.

Michael Cimino as their Comptroller.

William Hung to sing the National Anthem at all home games.

John Kennedy, Jr., as their Charter Pilot.

Dick Stuart as their Defensive Coordinator.

I got a million of 'em, folks. I'll be here all week. Be sure to tip your waitress.
   6. RP Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:11 AM (#1764731)
Does anyone know how to spell that sound you make when trying not to laugh?
   7. 1k5v3L Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:11 AM (#1764732)
So, I take it on April 16th, Little leaves Gagne out there for seven innings, in a game which the Dodgers lose in the 19th inning. The next day, Gagne is diagnozed with a torn labrum and is done forever.

Little justifies it by saying: "It was out first home game against the SF Giants, and you want your best pitcher on the hill in that situation. Plus, I asked him if he could face Bonds three-four more times, and said OK."
   8. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:11 AM (#1764733)
Manager's decision.


Grady Little, not Jimy Williams.
   9. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:12 AM (#1764734)
What do the Cubs get from this -- anything?
   10. Sam M. Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:13 AM (#1764735)
What do the Cubs get from this -- anything?

A couple of extra wins when playing the Dodgers this year?
   11. NTNgod Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:14 AM (#1764736)
What do the Cubs get from this -- anything?

The benefit of not employing Grady Little.

The Cubs gave permission to LA, so that's all they get.
   12. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:15 AM (#1764737)
Not that I was expecting anything particularly useful, but youneverknow.
   13. Mefisto Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:16 AM (#1764739)
Snicker.
   14. SABRJoe Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:17 AM (#1764740)
Sam M. as Team Comedian...
   15. Rough Carrigan Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:19 AM (#1764742)
Truly amazing. In twenty some odd years of watching the Red Sox, Grady was clearly the worst manager of the Sox. Clearly. It was quickly apparent that he wasn't up to the job after just a couple months in 2002. The best description of Grady's managing style that I've seen is that he did pitching changes like a guy trying to drive down the street by looking only in the rear view mirror. He consistently changed pitchers 2 batters too late. It wasn't just ALCS game 7. He always botched the choice. How does a guy from Boston, McCourt, feel about this?
   16. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:24 AM (#1764744)
Hurry, Ned--there's still time to trade for Dale Sveum.
   17. 1k5v3L Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:24 AM (#1764747)
at least little isn't afraid to go with his gut when making decisions. you really hate to see a manager trust statistics and numbers in crucial situations. gut feeling is much more important than pitch counts, etc.
   18. Flynn Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:25 AM (#1764748)
This is hilarious.

The Dodgers are the biggest trainwreck in baseball. Met fans are thankful they're not the Dodgers, that's how bad it is.
   19. rory_b_bellows Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:26 AM (#1764751)
What is Little's background, other than managing the Red Sox in 2004?
   20. Grunthos Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:27 AM (#1764752)
I have a sinking feeling that the Dodgers will manage to win the division next year and go on an exciting postseason ride deep into the NLCS, just to piss us all off.
   21. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:31 AM (#1764759)
And to think, if Eric Byrnes had touched home plate, then Little would never have left in Pedro too long, and he would still be managing the Sox. This is a sad day for Dodger fans.
   22. 1k5v3L Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:32 AM (#1764760)
no worries, grunthos. not on grady's watch.
   23. SABRJoe Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:32 AM (#1764762)
What is Little's background, other than managing the Red Sox in 2004?

From the mlb.com article:

His resume includes two seasons as bench coach of Cleveland under Charlie Manuel from 2000-2001, three seasons as the Red Sox bench coach under Jimy Williams from 1997-99, the 1996 season as bullpen coach of the San Diego Padres, and 16 years as a Minor League manager (10 of those seasons in the Atlanta organization).

After being drafted in the 12th round by Atlanta out of high school and a six-year playing career as a Minor League catcher, Little began his coaching career in 1974 in the Yankees system. He was out of baseball from 1975-79 as a cotton farmer in Texas, returning to Minor League ball in 1980 with the Orioles' rookie team and managing in that system through 1984. He spent one season managing in the Toronto system before moving to the Braves farm system.
   24. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:32 AM (#1764763)
How does a guy from Boston, McCourt, feel about this?

At leats he did not hire a family member to manage.
   25. SABRJoe Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:33 AM (#1764765)
Yes, a cotton farmer.
   26. Jon W Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:39 AM (#1764773)
How would you rank the Red Sox managers dating back to 1975 (inclusive)?
   27. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:41 AM (#1764775)
Grady Little was a heckuva minor league manager. Players really see, to like him.

Grady Little managed a couple teams with very good offenses and generally didn't do much to screw that up. He is willing to use weaker defenders to get bats in the lineup. The man started Jeremy Giambi in the outfield more than once.

Grady Little is easily the worst baseball tactician I've ever seen in my life. He appears completely incapable of recognizing, for instance, that if he brings in a lefty reliever, the other manager might pinch-hit with a righthanded batter. Grady will screw up innumerable double-switches this year.

Grady Little has no idea when a pitcher is tired, is effective, or is ineffective. He removes relievers when they're going good and leaves starters in who have lost command of all their breaking stuff and were going to win the game until he left them out there and...

Thank ####### god we won the world series after that.
   28. Jon W Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:41 AM (#1764776)
Kevin, you're welcome to come to Dodger Thoughts and start now.
   29. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:42 AM (#1764777)
...seem to like him...
   30. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:47 AM (#1764786)
Oh, and while he managed two 90+ win teams, both teams underperformed expected wins (by runs / run components) by 6-8 wins per season.

Don't know how much that means, but in the context of his tactical issues, I do think it at least points to a problem.
   31. Grunthos Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:48 AM (#1764787)
no worries, grunthos. not on grady's watch.

See, that's just it. If the Dodgers deliberately try the worst case scenario from an analytic point of view, I think the universe might just kick back at the scientific establishment just for spite.
   32. Mister High Standards Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:52 AM (#1764792)
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!
   33. Flynn Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:55 AM (#1764795)
How would you rank the Red Sox managers dating back to 1975 (inclusive)?

I'll try this one. It's not a distinguished list.

Morgan (won 2 div titles with a crappy team; turned around a sinking ship in 1988)
Francona (won the big one)

(big heaps of space)

Johnson (didn't do much right, but not much wrong either, got on well with the minor league products, which the Sox had loads of)

(bigger heaps of space)

McNamara (self-absorbed jerk, and that was before 86...master of CYA)
Hobson (blatantly unqualified)
Zimmer (terrible tactician, couldn't run a clubhouse, blew it in 1978)
Little (you just can't get over that move)


Man, that list blows. If this went back to 1967, Dick Williams would be a mile ahead of anybody on this list, and Eddie Kasko might be #2.
   34. Flynn Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:56 AM (#1764797)
Oh man, I forgot Ralph Houk.

Houk might be #1.
   35. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: December 07, 2005 at 01:58 AM (#1764801)
I don't know much about Little outside of the 2003 playoffs, but that was just an absolute comedy of errors. His use of Kim, his bullpen management (even besides the Pedro decision) and his baserunning decisions, if I recal correctly, the Red Sox had approximetly 4,500 runners thrown out on the back end of a strike 'em out, throw 'em out double play in that series. He even let Gabe Kapler--he of the .311 OBP in 2003--lead off the first two games of the series.
   36. Jon W Posted: December 07, 2005 at 02:03 AM (#1764805)
Well heck, Houk is still available. And he's only 86.

Why is he so beloved? His record in Boston isn't much. You guys think he was overachieving?
   37. Nasty Nate Posted: December 07, 2005 at 02:08 AM (#1764810)
I was a somewhat Little fan back in the day. He could manage an offense and manage personalities. But he had no clue how to manage a pitching staff or ingame moves. Kind of the opposite of Jimy Williams, who could get a lot out of his pitchers, but not skilled at getting his team to score runs.
   38. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: December 07, 2005 at 02:08 AM (#1764811)
I feel a little bit better about the Giants' chances in 2006.
   39. pkb33 Posted: December 07, 2005 at 02:09 AM (#1764812)
if I recal correctly, the Red Sox had approximetly 4,500 runners thrown out on the back end of a strike 'em out, throw 'em out double play in that series

He did this all year long, too. He didn't seem to understand that "starting the runner" makes little sense when leadfoots like Mirabelli, Ortiz, Jeremi Giambi, etc are the baserunner.

He is a brutal manager in-game. Truly, completely, unimaginably awful. He is reasonably capable in the clubhouse, but that was before he was a national laughingstock, too. Do you think that the starting pitchers are going to respect Grady's decisions, for example? Why would they, really?
   40. schuey Posted: December 07, 2005 at 02:12 AM (#1764817)
I was under the impression that Grady Little got hired at Boston because he got along well with Manny Ramirez.
Have there been a lot of managerial hires that people thought poorly of but turned out well? I suppose you would say Terry Francona in 2004. Joe Torre in 1996-present, Casey Stengel in 1949 and Walter Alston in 1954. The Gerbil, Don Zimmer, did win a division title in 1989 with the Cubbies but showed his ineptitude in the playoffs with his ability to find ways for Will Clark to beat him.
Ralph Houk in Detroit and Boston did rebuild losing teams to put them in a position to win, and promptly left. Lots of players loved him..a tough but fair, who would always "protect" his players and find silver linings in rain clouds, always optimisitc. As Bill James once pointed out, he managed for 24 years and was never fired.
   41. The District Attorney Posted: December 07, 2005 at 02:31 AM (#1764828)
Grady Little, not Jimy Williams.
Damn. My bad.
Have there been a lot of managerial hires that people thought poorly of but turned out well?
I certainly didn't think Ozzie Guillen would be anything other than horrendous.
   42. Darren Posted: December 07, 2005 at 02:33 AM (#1764831)
And to think, if Eric Byrnes had touched home plate, then Little would never have left in Pedro too long, and he would still be managing the Sox. This is a sad day for Dodger fans.

Grady was gone regardless. I don't think getting knocked out earlier in the postseason would've helped him much.

I've actually blocked out a lot of the Little era. I do remember him being horrible at managing a bullpen, including absolutely slagging Kim, pitching him 5 days in a row for no reason. Then he sat Kim for an entire series against the Yanks, and then decided to replace him as closer in the middle of the playoffs. Okay, it's all coming back now.
   43. shoewizard Posted: December 07, 2005 at 02:33 AM (#1764832)
I feel a little bit better about the <strike>Giants' </strike> D Backs chances in 2006

There, fixed ;)
   44. pkb33 Posted: December 07, 2005 at 02:36 AM (#1764836)
Okay, it's all coming back now

Do yourself a favor, Darren. Keep it buried. Repressed memories like the ones we all have about Grady are meant to stay buried. Deeply.
   45. VoiceOfUnreason Posted: December 07, 2005 at 02:43 AM (#1764843)
And to think, if Eric Byrnes had touched home plate, then Little would never have left in Pedro too long, and he would still be managing the Sox.

Nah; Little was done in Boston unless he managed to go deep into October. The Sox front office had been failing to extend him for months.
   46. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 07, 2005 at 02:50 AM (#1764847)
The Dodgers' flailings this off-season have made me feel better about the Phillies, who have been in a pretty similar situation to the Dodgers for the last 10 years or so.

Of course, the Phillies now have to contend with a divisional rival with an infinite budget. Hopefully if the Braves fall behind in the division series they will collapse and fall out of the Wild Card race too.
   47. The Artist Posted: December 07, 2005 at 02:50 AM (#1764850)

This is hilarious.

The Dodgers are the biggest trainwreck in baseball. Met fans are thankful they're not the Dodgers, that's how bad it is.


From one Giants-Sox fan to another - ain't life grand ? ;)
   48. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: December 07, 2005 at 03:28 AM (#1764887)
The strikeout-em-out-throw-em outs was another Grady specialty. It never, ever worked but he kept doing it anyway.


Having looked it up, Grady had a strikeout-em-out-throw-em-out in Games 2-4 of the ALCS, including twice in the first inning. 3 K/CS in a 7 game series, all in consecutive games. That's amazing
   49. Darren Posted: December 07, 2005 at 03:37 AM (#1764901)
Grady always gets credit for being great at dealing with people and personalities, but I wonder how true that was. He was given a great amount of credit for sitting Manny for a game after Manny decided to take a weekend series against NY off (but still hit the bars). But the problem was that it was under Grady's watch that Manny actually took those games off. So should he get credit for the discipline after the fact, or be penalized for not preventing it? I really don't know the answer.
   50. Sam M. Posted: December 07, 2005 at 03:46 AM (#1764914)
Sam M. as Team Comedian...

I think that I've been insulted. It's kind of the opposite of a back-handed compliment . . . a fore-handed insult, or something like that.

On the same day, December 6, the Pirates trade for Casey, the Dodgers hire Grady Little. And I thought it was December 7th that's supposed to live in infamy. Go figure.
   51. chris p Posted: December 07, 2005 at 03:49 AM (#1764921)
I've actually blocked out a lot of the Little era.

me too. i started drinking when pedro came back out for the 8th aand didn't stop until everything in my room was gone. i have vague memories of walking along the train tracks that night with a flask of jim beam. it was a bad hangover the next day, but it was worth not remembering the end of that game.
   52. Dr. Vaux Posted: December 07, 2005 at 03:56 AM (#1764934)
Boy, the NL West this year is going to be high comedy... the Giants are about to sign Matt Morris, the Dodgers have Grady Little managing and are going to trade for Soriano, the Padres are going to trade their second-best starting pitcher for a mediocre catcher, and the Diamondbacks really don't have enough talent to finish over .500 this time around. Still, the D'backs are going to take this division for most of the next seven years. Congratulations, levski and shoewizard!
   53. Darren Posted: December 07, 2005 at 03:59 AM (#1764940)
me too. i started drinking when pedro came back out for the 8th aand didn't stop until everything in my room was gone.

Did you destroy everything or were you simply rendered blind. I was watching with a friend who was taping the game. We debated whether Pedro should be back out there. After a couple batters, we were on the same side. While Boone's HR was still in the air, my friend removed the tape and destroyed it with a baseball bat. I thought that made sense.
   54. fables of the deconstruction Posted: December 07, 2005 at 04:00 AM (#1764942)
Let's see if I've got this straight:

• (about two years ago) Frank McCourt buys Dodgers from Fox and hires Paul DePodesta away from the Oakland A's to be the GM.
• (October 3, 2005) McCourt allows Jim Tracey to leave his manager position after a 71-91 season. (Did he jump or was he pushed...?)
• (October 29, 2005) McCourt fires Depodesta from his GM position. (half way through a four year? contract.)
• (November 16, 2005) Hired Ned Colletti away from San Francisco Giants to replace DePodesta
• (December 6, 2005) Colletti hires Grady Little as manager.

***giggle, giggle, GAG!!!***

-------
trevise
   55. rdfc Posted: December 07, 2005 at 04:06 AM (#1764951)
Grady was actually fired because he's basically lazy intellectually. The Pedro fiasco was a symptom of the problem that resulted in the firing, not the direct cause of the firing. More and more baseball clubs are looking at managers like football teams look at football coaches. They expect the manager to prepare, prepare, prepare. Looking at statistics is just a part of it. Studying game footage is a huge part of it. Reading every note from every scout and every front office official is another part of it

Grady Little is an old style manager who simply doesn't believe in this kind of heavy preparation. I don't think that he's 100% wrong, but overall I do believe that the trend toward football coach-like managers is a good thing.
   56. chris p Posted: December 07, 2005 at 04:09 AM (#1764953)
Did you destroy everything or were you simply rendered blind.

no most of my stuff was there the next day, and eventually i was able to see again.
   57. chris p Posted: December 07, 2005 at 04:11 AM (#1764956)
Grady was actually fired because he's basically lazy intellectually. The Pedro fiasco was a symptom of the problem that resulted in the firing, not the direct cause of the firing. More and more baseball clubs are looking at managers like football teams look at football coaches. They expect the manager to prepare, prepare, prepare. Looking at statistics is just a part of it. Studying game footage is a huge part of it. Reading every note from every scout and every front office official is another part of it

Grady Little is an old style manager who simply doesn't believe in this kind of heavy preparation. I don't think that he's 100% wrong, but overall I do believe that the trend toward football coach-like managers is a good thing.


overdoing it with matchups and statistics could cause of the manager to lose sight of the picture and so guys that need regular rest (like relief pitchers) would get overworked while other players would sit on the bench forever. thing is, grady ignored the stats and still had no idea about the big picture.
   58. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 07, 2005 at 04:24 AM (#1764963)
It has been mentioned by more than one person and in more than one place that Grady Little was fired for his duncery in the 2003 playoffs -- specifically, leaving Pedro in more than an inning longer than he should have in Game 7 of the ALCS -- but I suspect he was going to be fired after 2003 regardless, unless the team won the World Series (highly unlikely with Mr. Little in charge).

I mean, people had started calling him Forrest Gump halfway through 2002, and it wasn't just because of how he talked.
   59. North Side Chicago Expatriate Giants Fan Posted: December 07, 2005 at 04:42 AM (#1764983)
Boy, the NL West this year is going to be high comedy... the Giants are about to sign Matt Morris, the Dodgers have Grady Little managing and are going to trade for Soriano, the Padres are going to trade their second-best starting pitcher for a mediocre catcher, and the Diamondbacks really don't have enough talent to finish over .500 this time around. Still, the D'backs are going to take this division for most of the next seven years. Congratulations, levski and shoewizard!


Hey, Matt Morris is just going to replace Brett Tomko... it's a wash!
   60. Vance Law Revue Posted: December 07, 2005 at 04:44 AM (#1764987)

I've actually blocked out a lot of the Little era


I will forever fondly remember the Little ERA. I moved to Boston in May 2001 and almost immediatly fell in love with the Red Sox. Around that same time I also discovered the Rob Neyer message board and the dearly departed Baseball Primer.

I still believe that the 2002 and 2003 Red Sox teams were two of the greatest baseball teams to ever take to a diamond. While keeping the core of the team almost entirely intact (exchanging only Daubach for Ortiz) they managed to lead the league in starters ERA one year and then outscore the 2nd best offense in baseball by 10% the next year.

While I have since come to realize that Eric Van is completely off his rocker, his predictions that those Red Sox teams would win 105+ games weren't unreasonable.


Nah; Little was done in Boston unless he managed to go deep into October.


While I agree with you in pronciple, I would like to point out that the 2003 Red Sox went the same 12 games deep into October. No fewer than the 2005 White Sox did.
   61. The definitely immoral Eric Enders Posted: December 07, 2005 at 05:37 AM (#1765044)
Apparently, I'm the only one in America who agreed with the Pedro decision at the time.
   62. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: December 07, 2005 at 05:49 AM (#1765061)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

That is all.
   63. OCF Posted: December 07, 2005 at 05:57 AM (#1765069)
You're not alone, Eric - I also thought at the time that it was a good trade for the Dodgers. DeShields was an excellent young talent, a middle infielder with serious leadoff skills, and he filled a need for the Dodgers. The year before he was traded, DeShields, at the age of 24, had a .389 OBP, above-league-average range, and went 43-10 and a basestealer. And I did assume Martinez would be a good pitcher (although I may not have been paying enough attention to his extreme strikeout totals), but how many people can really say that they knew or suspected he would grow up to be PEDRO?
   64. SABRJoe Posted: December 07, 2005 at 06:40 AM (#1765096)
I think that I've been insulted. It's kind of the opposite of a back-handed compliment . . . a fore-handed insult, or something like that.

All in good fun, Sam.
   65. KJOK Posted: December 07, 2005 at 07:09 AM (#1765120)
If Bob Brenly and Ozzie Guillen can win World Series in their first years, then just about anyone can...
   66. Boots Day Posted: December 07, 2005 at 07:22 AM (#1765130)
Buz Ozzie can't win a World Series in his first season. Er, couldn't.
   67. Champions Table Posted: December 07, 2005 at 08:10 AM (#1765160)
Two guesses as to who wrote this...
Let me see if I have this straight.

There was an unemployed manager out there whose last night of work was Game 7 of the American LeagueChampionship Series.

There was a former manager out there whose last season contained 95 wins.

There was an ex-manager out there who was fired because he trusted instinct over statistic, people over paradigms, baseball over everything.

And this same guy, the Dodgers just hired him?

Ned Colletti can pump his right fist any time now.
   68. Honkie Kong Posted: December 07, 2005 at 08:12 AM (#1765164)
Wow people are getting good at parodying Plaschke.
That sounds exactly like that piece of ####
   69. The definitely immoral Eric Enders Posted: December 07, 2005 at 09:39 AM (#1765201)
70

Actually, it was Little's decision to leave Pedro in the game that I was talking about agreeing with.

Although now that you mention it, I didn't think the DeShields trade was too bad when it happened either.
   70. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: December 07, 2005 at 11:34 AM (#1765226)
Do yourself a favor, Darren. Keep it buried. Repressed memories like the ones we all have about Grady are meant to stay buried. Deeply.

Okay, take your time. And when you're ready, use this anatomically-correct doll to show the jury exactly where Grady Little touched you.
   71. Smiling Joe Hesketh Posted: December 07, 2005 at 03:12 PM (#1765341)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Lots of luck, Dodgers fans. I pity you.
   72. CraigK Posted: December 07, 2005 at 03:24 PM (#1765359)
   73. Richie Posted: December 08, 2005 at 02:03 AM (#1766476)
I see that Grady Little was introduced in Dallas, Texas. Has anybody notified Little and Colletti that the Dodgers are stationed in Los Angeles? Was it not worth going to Los Angeles, where he'll be employed for the next 2+ years? (I have no idea the circumstances for the press conference being held in Dallas, but it just annoys me.)

This reminds me of when the Dodgers signed Kevin Brown, and had to give him his own private air transportation to Georgia, because he didn't really like being in Los Angeles.

That seems like a great hire - somebody who doesn't want to be in the city where your company is located.
   74. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 08, 2005 at 02:08 AM (#1766487)
The Los Angeles Dodgers of Dallas?
   75. Richie Posted: December 08, 2005 at 02:13 AM (#1766504)
Does anybody think that any of the managerial candidates discussed for this job would have been good hires (Fregosi, Little, Howe, etc.)? Does anybody have any intelligent ideas of why the Dodgers have no clue what they're doing?
   76. HMS Moses Taylor Posted: December 08, 2005 at 02:18 AM (#1766512)
Richie, the winter meeting are happenning in Dallas right now. *Everyone* is in Dallas.
   77. Richie Posted: December 08, 2005 at 02:21 AM (#1766519)
OK, then I'm an idiot.
   78. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 08, 2005 at 02:25 AM (#1766528)
The Dodgers have decided on a new strategy of doing everything the local sportswriters want, down to the smallest detail, just to shut them up. When it blows up in three years, they'll re-hire DePodesta.

Next hires:
Hitting coach Kirk Gibson
Pitching coach Orel Hershiser
Bullpen coach Burt Hooton
Bullpen catcher Johnny Roseboro
Trainer Fernando Valenzuela
First base coach Steve Garvey
Third base coach Ron Cey
Bench coaches Eric Karros, Steve Sax
Jailhouse liaison Pedro Guerrero
Official spokesman Sandy Koufax
Anointed lord and savior Eric Gagne
General manager the zombie corpse of Walter Alston
   79. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 08, 2005 at 02:28 AM (#1766539)
Oh, and team vice president (second only to La Sorda in seniority) Paul LoDuca.

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