Posted tagged ‘Dodgers’

Magic Johnson’s Group Buys Los Angeles Dodgers

March 28, 2012

According to numerous reports, a group that includes former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Magic Johnson will purchase the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2 billion.

I think this is a great move and will hopefully resurrect one of sports greatest rivalries with the San Francisco Giants.

From CNN:

The price tag is the most ever paid for a North American sports franchise, according to MLB.com. The group will officially acquire the team, one of baseball’s most storied franchises, after the deal is approved by the judge overseeing the Dodgers’ bankruptcy.

The team has won the World Series championship six times and, for decades, boasted an intensely loyal fan base.

But in recent years, under the ownership of real estate developer Frank McCourt, the Dodgers made headlines more for its financial woes than home runs.

The team’s troubles began when McCourt and his wife, Jamie, decided to part ways. An acrimonious and expensive divorce battle followed.

Los Angeles Dodgers File for Bankruptcy

June 27, 2011

The Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy court protection early this morning, less than a week after Bud Selig and Major League Baseball blocked the team from signing a new television deal to provide it with the cash it needed to meet the team’s payroll.

Well…now it look like Frank McCourt will need to prove that he has money to pay his current bills in order to retain control of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Hard to believe that a storied franchise like the Dodgers is in so much financial trouble!

From the Los Angeles Times:

In his bankruptcy filing, McCourt showed he had a $150-million loan for interim financing. In order to obtain the loan, McCourt agreed to pay at least 10% interest and a $4.5-million fee.

In Tuesday’s hearing, Major League Baseball is expected to offer alternative financing, on better terms. Those terms were not certain on Monday, but MLB previously had said it would not provide financing to McCourt unless he agreed to sell the Dodgers.

If the bankruptcy judge grants McCourt interim financing, the focus could turn to McCourt’s long-term solution — an auction of the Dodgers’ cable television rights. The league claims it has approval rights for all television contracts, but McCourt is asking the bankruptcy judge to override MLB rules in the interest of fully repaying creditors. In response, the league is expected to say the value of the Dodgers’ television rights is not in doubt and the creditors have no need to worry about not getting paid.

“Journalist” Blames Bryan Stow for Attack at Dodger Stadium

April 12, 2011

Seriously? I can’t even begin to come up with any words for this. Just check out the article for yourself.

Please note that “due to an overwhelming response, comments have been stopped.” Overwhelming negative comments bashing the “journalist” John Steigerwald.

 

Rivals Condemn Beating of San Francisco Giants Fan

April 4, 2011

The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers may be long time rivals on the ball field, but officials from the opposing baseball teams joined forces over the weekend to condemn a brutal beating that left a Bay Area fan in critical condition.

I really hope they catch these guys soon. It’s bad for baseball, bad for the teams involved and most of all, gives us true baseball fans a black eye. No one deserves to be attacked for supporting their favorite team! No one!

From CNN:

Bryan Stow, 41, has been fighting for his life since two men wearing Dodgers clothing assaulted him after last week’s season opener in Los Angeles, police said. The avid Giants fan was attacked after the game, which the Dodgers won 2-1.

“This attack is unconscionable behavior that will not be tolerated in either of our ballparks or in either of our cities,” the team officials said in a Sunday statement, which was also signed by the mayors and police chiefs of San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Police were still searching for the suspects, who they said were between the ages of 18 and 25.

“Obviously they were young, foolish and cowardly. And there’s no room for that type of activity in the city of Los Angeles or anywhere in the world,” Los Angeles Police Detective P.J. Morris told reporters Friday.

Manny Ramirez Showers Instead of Watching 9th Inning Loss

October 20, 2009

Just Manny being Manny I guess…

Nice role model for the kids! Glad he’s in Los Angeles and not in Boston!

From Yahoo! Sports:

As Jimmy Rollins turned on a Jonathan Broxton fastball with two outs in the ninth inning Monday night and drove in two runs for a 5-4 Philadelphia victory, Manny was blissfully unaware that his season was one game from being over.

“When I came out,” he told reporters, “they were turning the TVs off and everybody was coming in.”

Instead of being on the bench to celebrate the presumed victory – and, eventually, lament the crushing loss – he was rinsing off and getting ready to towel himself dry. Just another sign that the Manny-as-a-role-model-for-younger-players rubbish the Dodgers tried to sell when they gave him $45 million earlier this year was just another myth, an excuse from an organization that continues to enable his selfish behavior.

Ramirez’s benefits no longer outweigh his detriments. He is catnip for drama. He sulked his way out of Boston, signed late with the Dodgers because he wanted more money than he deserved, spent 50 games sidelined because he was caught with a prescription for female fertility drugs used to either get pregnant or cover up steroid use – whichever of those seems more probable.

Take a Walk: Broxton Blows it in 9th

October 19, 2009

I had already written a nice piece about the Dodgers tying up their series with the Phillies at 2-2 when Jonathan Broxton made me hit the delete button on the entire post.

A walk-off double by Jimmy Rollins sent Phillies fans home happy this evening as they came from behind to secure a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers and take a 3 to 1 lead in the NLCS.

Jimmy Rollins hit a 1-1 pitch from Broxton into the gap in right center which drove in Eric Bruntlett and Carlos Ruiz with the winning runs.

They say walks kill you and that is what happened in the 9th. A walk by Matt Stairs (who gave way to Bruntlett as a pinch runner) and a HBP to Carlos Ruiz sealed the Dodgers fate.

Now down 3 to 1, the Dodgers will need to win three straight, or be sent home once again just short of the World Series.

Earlier in the game, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer to give him eight straight postseason games with at least one RBI, tying Lou Gehrig’s all-time record.

Cliff Lee to the Phillies

July 29, 2009

Big deal for the NL East leading Philadelphia Phillies today as they land reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee from the Cleveland Indians for a few prospects.

Looks like that makes the Dodgers the front runner for Roy Halladay?

Does this make Halladay a necessary addition to the Dodgers for them to dethrone the Phillies?

Thoughts?

From Fox Sports:

The Phillies have acquired left-hander Cliff Lee and outfielder Ben Francisco from the Indians for Class A right-hander Jason Knapp, Class AAA right-hander Carlos Carrasco, shortstop Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson.

“I’m going to miss all these guys here, but it’s an opportunity for me to help a team that’s in first place,” Lee said after the Indians lost to the Los Angeles Angels 9-3 in Anaheim, Calif.

“They’re the defending world champions. So as far as that goes, I’m excited. But right now I’ve got to figure out how to get there and meet up with them and get acclimated to their team,” Lee said.

The deal, which does not include any cash, is a coup for both the Phillies and Indians.

The Phillies get Lee without giving up any of the three players the Blue Jays initially wanted for Halladay — left-hander J.A. Happ, right-hander Kyle Drabek and outfielder Dominic Brown.

Roger Clemens Again Denies Steroid Use

May 12, 2009

Roger Clemens, participating in an interview this morning for the first time in months, repeated his denial that Brian McNamee injected him with performance-enhancing drugs. He has called allegations of such use as hurtful and said that excerpts he has read from a book that has just hit stores are false.

From MLB.com:

Clemens appeared on the “Mike and Mike in the Morning” show on ESPN Radio and ESPN2 TV, his first high-profile media appearance since his Jan. 6, 2008, segment on “60 Minutes,” during which he denied steroid use. Five weeks later, on Feb. 13, Clemens testified under oath at a Congressional hearing that he has never used performance-enhancing drugs.

Clemens said that any evidence, such as syringes provided by McNamee, his former trainer, that allegedly link him to the use of steroids or human growth hormone cannot exist.

“Impossible, because he’s never given me any,” Clemens said. “He’s never given me HGH or any performance-enhancing drugs.”

Fantasy Sports Teams Dealing With the Loss of Manny Ramirez

May 7, 2009

Great article in the Wall Street Journal discussing the impact Manny Ramirez’s suspension will have on fantasy baseball teams.

Now I can stand by not picking him in any of my drafts :)

From the article:

The 50-game suspension of Manny Ramirez announced Thursday rocked fantasy baseball just as much as it rocked the actual game.

The Dodgers slugger was owned in 100% of leagues hosted on CBS Sports’s Web site, and 99% of the leagues hosted on Yahoo (no player in the Yahoo universe has a 100% ownership number). The announcement sent Mr. Ramirez’s fantasy owners scrambling for a replacement, and most needed to look no further than the end of Los Angeles’ bench, scooping up fourth outfielder Juan Pierre, who figures to inherit most of the playing time that this suspension has just opened up.

Fantasy teams that owned Mr. Ramirez will now have to find an alternate source of home runs and runs batted in. But if they reacted quickly enough to the news, and snagged Mr. Pierre off the waiver wire, the outlook is at least somewhat sunny: Mr. Pierre provides a surprisingly solid source of batting average — he sports a career .300 average and is hitting .355 this year in 31 at-bats — and has blazing speed, stealing 40 bases last year in just over a half- season’s worth of at-bats. He has stolen more than 50 bases five times, and when he’s had 550 at-bats, he’s never failed to steal 45.

Manny Ramirez Suspended For Steroid Use

May 7, 2009

According to the Los Angeles Times, Manny Ramirez has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and will be suspended 50 games starting today.

I guess the question now is: Who’s next?

From the Los Angeles Times:

The test result and suspension is expected to be announced later today. The Dodgers informed triple-A outfielder Xavier Paul this morning that he was being promoted to Los Angeles.

Ramirez is expected to attribute the test results to medication received from a doctor for a personal medical issue, according to a source familiar with matter but not authorized to speak publicly.

With the suspension taking effect with tonight’s game at Dodger Stadium, Ramirez will not be eligible to return to the team until July 3.

Ramirez would become the biggest star suspended under an oft-criticized major league testing program that started in 2003. He had been a model citizen since arriving in Los Angeles last August, following a stormy tenure with the Boston Red Sox.

From the New York Times:

Manny Ramirez, the Dodgers All-Star outfielder, was suspended by Major League Baseball on Thursday for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Ramirez’s suspension will begin tonight, M.L.B. said in a written statement, and will cost him about a third of his $25 million salary this year. He will be eligible to return July 3.

Ramirez said in a written statement released by the players’ association that he tested positive not for a steroid but for a medication that a doctor had recently prescribed him for a personal health issue.

“Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy,” Ramirez said. “Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing; I’ve taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons.”

The suspension shows that baseball’s drug testing program is working, however, it once again tarnishes one of the game’s premier sluggers. Ramirez joins the ranks of Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Alex Rodriguez who have all been tied to the use of performance-enhancing drugs over the past decade. Unlike Ramirez, those players were not suspended because their alleged use came before 2004, when M.L.B. began suspending players for a positive test.


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