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CLAIRING THE AIR: FORMER DODGERS VP TO MEET THE PRESS TODAY
Published June 24, 1998
Former Dodgers Exec VP Fred Claire will hold a press conference in Pasadena today (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 6/24). National reaction to the team's dismissal of Claire and manager Bill Russell continues. In DC, Thomas Boswell writes that "it's sad to see the Los Angeles Dodgers getting Foxed" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/24). In L.A., J.A. Adande writes "the Fox folks have turned this season into a bad sitcom. ... Everything the Dodgers stood for has been erased. ... Dodgers fans deserve better. But baseball doesn't" (L.A. TIMES, 6/24). But Fox Sports Senior VP/Media Relations Vince Wladika downplayed the changes to the team since the Fox Group acquired the franchise: "We think that anytime you have one corporation take over another, there are obviously going to be some changes" (AP, 6/23). THIS NOT JUST IN ON FOX'S MLB BROADCAST: USA TODAY's Michael Hiestand notes that Fox's "Insider" segment on its MLB coverage Saturday suggested Rockies manager Don Baylor will be fired after the All-Star break but did not mention anything about the Dodger firings announced Sunday night. Hiestand: "So is there a problem with Fox's interoffice mail? Conglomerates, after all, long ago made 'synergy' their mantra." Fox Sports Exec Producer Jeff Terenzio called covering the net's coverage of the Dodgers "one of the most tricky editorial decisions we've faced. ... We'd have to be completely accurate" (USA TODAY, 6/24). WHERE ARE THE ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD? The Dodgers are drawing nearly 10,000 more fans per game than the Angels, and in L.A., Eric Noland wrote it is "a source of some bewilderment for the entertainment wizards at Disney. But they were aware when they bought into the Angels they were inheriting a boxcar of baggage" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 6/23).