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Thursday, July 26, 2012

ESPN Retcons The Dodgers

I caught this Ramona Shelburne article on the post-McCourt Dodgers yesterday, which specifically addressed the question of what the team — and more specifically, Ned Colletti — will look like and do as we approach the trade deadline. The story was fairly soft in places, and nowhere more so than here:
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- It was a coincidence more than anything. A function of the proximity of the Los Angeles Lakers' training facility to the airport that Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti was landing at Wednesday afternoon.

But man, was it fitting that Colletti and the Dodgers borrowed the Lakers' conference room to speak Wednesday afternoon about the team's trade for Miami Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez.

For years the Lakers have been the gold standard in this town. Always willing to spend what it takes to compete for championships in the NBA, always believing that those investments pay off in the long run because of what they mean to your brand and fan base.

It has been a long time since the Dodgers were that kind of franchise.

In truth, they never have been. The O'Malley's proffered reason for selling was the changes in the free agency marketplace, which they didn't wish to meet. Fox did, but faceplanted when they did, with points to be given for the productive years of Kevin Brown, and subtracted from his injury years. That is to say, the Dodgers, when they were anything like the Lakers, were mediocre at best.

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