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The "New Look" Dodgers Are Making A Positive Impression On L.A.
Published August 9, 2012
THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER: CBSSPORTS.com’s Jon Heyman wrote everyone in MLB is watching the new Dodgers ownership "with varying parts admiration, awe and fear as the new group attempts to reinvigorate the once-proud franchise and rule the sport.” Guggenheim Baseball's outlook regarding player acquisition “is somewhat Steinbrennerian, though not any of the rest of their methods.” That combination "is proving perfect.” Attendance, "at an average of 41,357 per game," is up 12.6%. Meanwhile, "competitiveness, effort and morale (and spending) are up even more.” Heyman: “Even better, the Dodgers' payroll, driven down to a bare-bones $90 million or so to start [off] the season, already is up more than 20 percent to about $110 million. And counting” (CBSSPORTS.com, 8/7).
LISTEN AND LEARN: In Chicago, Steve Rosenbloom noted the Dodgers “let it be known they were angry over what they viewed as a serious breach of ethics" by the Cubs in letting P Ryan Dempster listen in on negotiations between the Cubs and Dodgers prior to the trade deadline. The Dodgers “never approved of Dempster’s eavesdropping.” Cubs Exec VP & GM Jed Hoyer has been “denying all of it and Dodgers GM Ned Colletti supposedly got a call to that effect.” Dempster was eventually traded to the Rangers. Rosenbloom: “Credibility and integrity are in the eye and ear of the beholder." But the "appearance of credibility and integrity issues can be as bad as actual credibility and integrity issues." Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and Hoyer "seem to have a problem," as there is "a hole where their reputations used to be” (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 8/6).