Sunday, February 27, 2011
Duke Snider Passes
The Duke of Flatbush, a smooth-fielding outfielder and, thanks to his prowess as a home-run hitter, a fan favorite in Ebbets Field, was a Dodger, both in Brooklyn and his native Los Angeles, for 16 of his 18 years in the major leagues. A Hall of Fame member, the eight-time All-Star helped the Dodgers to six National League championships, and Brooklyn's only World Series title, in his first 11 seasons, providing Dodger power from the left side of the plate.
Snider hit 40 or more homers in five consecutive seasons and during the decade of the '50s led all major leaguers in home runs, 326; runs batted in, 1,031; runs scored, 970; and slugging percentage, .569. He finished his career with a lifetime batting average of .295 and 407 home runs, 389 of them as a Dodger, still the team record. He is the only player to have twice hit four homers in the World Series, matching his 1952 feat in '55, the year the Dodgers won the Series and he was named major league player of the year by Sporting News.
He hit the last home run in Ebbets Field and had the first hit in Dodger Stadium, a single on opening day in 1962, and was part of the 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers team that beat the Chicago White Sox in the World Series.
Friday, February 25, 2011
And Frank Is Alone: MLB Secretly Loans The Mets $25M
- The owners still aren't averse to helping out those they favor, and
- They hate Frank McCourt.
Mr. Selig’s decision to give what amounts to extraordinary assistance to one of the sport’s most prominent and highly valued teams — one owned by Mr. Wilpon, a man Mr. Selig has long regarded as a close personal friend — could anger other team owners, who might wonder why their money is being used to rescue a team with a $140 million payroll.
“The fact that the loan is coming from baseball would be a jarring event because, as with the Texas Rangers, the league is effectively a lender of last resort,” said Marc Ganis, a sports industry consultant. “It would indicate the team cannot get loans from normal commercial sources, which could be taken as a sign of very significant problems.”
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Try Under The Sofa Cushions, Frank: Bud Selig Rebuffs McCourt Loan Bid
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has rejected a proposal under which Fox would have loaned about $200 million to Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, three people familiar with the discussions told The Times.Could be the mercury fulminate under the dynamite of McCourt ownership. Best news of the offseason.
McCourt would have used the Dodgers' cable television rights as collateral, extending the team's current contract with Fox by as many as four years if he did not repay the loan, according to the individuals, who were briefed on the proposal but who are not authorized to discuss it.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Vicente Padilla To Have Surgery
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Dodgers Dodge A Bullet As Scott Podsednik Sends Himself To The Minors
Belisario May Not Be In LA For 2011
Kinzer would not specify why Belisario was still in his native Venezuela. But asked if Belisario was having trouble securing a visa, Kinzer replied, “It goes a little deeper than that.”Seriously? Cut him loose. There's a dozen or so guys who just got closer to making the 25-man roster out of spring training.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Lakers' 20-Year TV Deal Could Heighten Frank's Leverage With Fox
Thursday, February 10, 2011
NFL Lockout Might Help Angels Lock Up Jake Locker
Angels Beat Jered Weaver In Arbitration
Update: David Pinto breaks down Weaver's pitching: "The 78-80 MPH range is where Weaver makes his money", getting batters to swing and miss at sliders and changeups that look like his major-league-meh fastball.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Angels To Play First Scheduled Doubleheader Since 2001
The 1988 Dodgers: The Fourth-Worst World Series Winner In History
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Proof The Vernon Wells Trade Was A Salary Dump
Carlos Santana Today
Carlos Santana, C, Cleveland
Missed by: 10 at-bats
Would have ranked: No. 1 or 2
If Santana wrecks his knee a week sooner, he remains on the list and is either first or second on the Top 100 list depending on whether Strasburg is still eligible. If Santana doesn't hurt his knee, he grabs another 150 or so at-bats and probably ends up on most AL Rookie of the Year ballots. The injury was apparently less severe than an MCL or ACL tear, with a recovery time of 4-6 months rather than 8-12, so he should be ready to go for spring training, although I wouldn't be shocked to see Cleveland give him more days off this year than a starting catcher might ordinarily receive. Santana is a well-rounded offensive player with great plate discipline and an explosive bat; if he stays behind the plate long-term, he'll be one of the best players in the American League.
Friday, February 04, 2011
Vlad Signs With Baltimore, Career Graveyard Of Major Leaguers
Thursday, February 03, 2011
Frank McCourt Makes Deadspin's Top Ten List Of Sports Villains
Also some great stuff on Tony LaRussa and Donald Sterling, too, leavened with Ben Rothlisburger hate. Suweet!
The Dodgers were a great franchise once. But on the eve of the 2009 NLCS, Frank McCourt filed for divorce from his wife Jamie, who he had made CEO of the team for some reason that must seem inconceivable to him now. Not content with a simple firing, he sent her a public letter blaming her "insubordination, non-responsiveness, failure to follow procedures, and inappropriate behavior with regard to a direct subordinate." That last one: an alleged affair with her chauffeur. Oh, and he changed the locks on her office.
The weirdness was only starting. It came out the pair had hired a faith healer to watch games on TV in Boston, and send "positive vibes" their way. Jamie, refusing to accept her firing, sent her chauffeur/boyfriend as an official Dodger ambassador to Taiwan. Frank, who owns Dodger Stadium, charged his own team exorbitant rent, in order to move the money where Jamie can't touch it.
So now the Dodgers desperately slash payroll, in an attempt to horde funds in advance of a court ruling. Los Angeles, a city that's like a flame to moths for professional athletes, can't sign anyone to prevent their freefall. And we still don't know who owns the team, nor do we know why anyone would want to. The Dodgers were a great franchise. Once. (Barry Petchesky)
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Always The Bridesmaid: Mark Cuban Calls It Quits In His Search For An MLB Team Of His Own
Hope You Weren't Serious About Wanting That Deferred Salary, Bobby: Mets Scandal Widens As Evidence Of Madoff Influence Grows
When Fred Wilpon’s son Jeff was married at Fresh Meadow Country Club on Long Island, Bernard L. Madoff and his wife were there. When Mr. Madoff’s son Mark was married at the same country club, Mr. Wilpon, the principal owner of the Mets, was a guest as well.The Mets acted as a feeder fund to the Madoff Ponzi scheme; those whom it steered included Bobby Bonilla, whose deferred salary was parked there.
When the Mets negotiated their larger contracts with star players — complex deals with signing bonuses and performance incentives — they sometimes adopted the strategy of placing deferred money owed the players with Mr. Madoff’s investment firm. They would have to pay the player, but the owners of the club would be able to make money for themselves in the meantime. There never seemed to be much doubt about that, according to several people with knowledge of the arrangements.
Update: More on the Mets:
Fred Wilpon, in August 2009, told the Times' Richard Sandomir that the Madoff scandal hadn't impacted the Mets in any way.
“But Fred Wilpon felt the need to emphasize again that the finances of the team had not been affected”, Sandomir wrote. “The resources available to him — revenue from luxury suites, club seats and a nearly 70 percent stake in the SNY network and his real estate holdings — have not been compromised by Madoff, he said.”
Around the same time, Howard called into a Fox Business Network interview with Erin Arvedlund, author of a book on Bernie Madoff. Arvedlund had asserted that the Wilpons would be forced to sell at least a part of the Mets to cover Madoff losses, something the Wilpons long denied, but acknowledged last week. Howard said, in the course of disparaging Arvedlund's reporting as“outrageous, unfounded and grossly irresponsible”: “We have said from the outset that the losses incurred from the Madoff fraud have not and will not affect the operation of the Mets.”
The reality seems to be that all three men had to have known that these statements were untrue when they uttered them. As Serge F. Kovalevski and David Waldstein wrote in Tuesday's piece: “When the Mets negotiated their larger contracts with star players—complex deals with signing bonuses and performance incentives—they sometimes adopted the strategy of placing deferred money owed the players with Mr. Madoff’s investment firm. They would have to pay the player, but the owners of the club would be able to make money for themselves in the meantime. There never seemed to be much doubt about that, according to several people with knowledge of the arrangements.
“'Bernie was part of the business plan for the Mets,' a former employee of the club said.”
Angels & Dodgers Top 10 Prospects From BA
1. Dee Gordon, ss... and the Angels:
2. Zach Lee, rhp
3. Rubby de la Rosa, rhp
4. Chris Withrow, rhp
5. Allen Webster, rhp
6. Jerry Sands, of/1b
7. Scott Elbert, lhp
8. Kenley Jansen, rhp
9. Ethan Martin, rhp
10. Trayvon Robinson, of
1. Mike Trout, of
2. Tyler Chatwood, rhp
3. Jean Segura, 2b
4. Hank Conger, c
5. Jordan Walden, rhp
6. Kaleb Cowart, 3b
7. Garrett Richards, rhp
8. Fabio Martinez, rhp
9. Mark Trumbo, 1b/of
10. Cam Bedrosian, rhp
Tuesday, February 01, 2011