October 2005 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Dodgers To Interview Former Mariners GM
The Los Angeles Dodgers have received permission to interview Seattle Mariners adviser Pat Gillick to replace fired general manager Paul DePodesta. No interview date has been set for Gillick, who led Toronto to consecutive World Series titles in the 1990s and was a general manager with Baltimore and the Mariners. ''He's expected to be interviewed sometime in the near future,'' team spokesman Josh Rawitch said Sunday. Owner Frank McCourt also interviewed Gillick for the position in February 2004, but instead chose DePodesta, who he fired Saturday. Gillick has also interviewed with the Philadelphia Phillies to replace Ed Wade, who was fired Oct. 10 as general manager.
The DePodesta Experience Ends In Failure
Los Angeles Dodgers' general manager Paul DePodesta was the latest out the door of Dodger Stadium, fired by owner Frank McCourt on Saturday after two tumultuous years of strange trades, suspect signings -- and 91 losses this season. "Our high expectations were not met," McCourt said at an afternoon news conference at Dodger Stadium. "I like Paul. He has many positive attributes. It was difficult, but at the end of the day, that's my job, to make difficult decisions." Saying the team needs a strong foundation, McCourt listed among his criteria for a new GM the ability to evaluate player talent, communication skills, and experience. He set no timetable for hiring either a GM or a manager to replace Tracy, but did say that process will be on hold until a GM is in place. McCourt hired DePodesta after buying the team in January 2004 from News Corp. The Dodgers won the NL West title in his first season, but DePodesta riled fans by trading popular catcher Lo Duca and two other players at midseason. "I met with Paul DePodesta this morning and let him know that the Los Angeles Dodgers were moving on," McCourt said. "I thanked him for his contributions."
DePodesta Looks For The Next Bobby Cox, Could Be Hershiser
By the time Orel Hershiser reaches Dodger Stadium this evening to interview for the managerial opening, General Manager Paul DePodesta will have heard from scouts, minor league coordinators and perhaps even farm director Terry Collins ? who also happens to be a leading candidate to become manager ? during the first day of organizational meetings. Then he will resume searching for the next Bobby Cox. The Atlanta Brave skipper is the preeminent active manager in DePodesta's estimation, embodying humility, adaptability, composure in the dugout, and, oh, don't forget those 14 consecutive playoff appearances. Hershiser, the former Dodger pitching great, will have the full attention of DePodesta and his assistants, Kim Ng and Roy Smith, for several hours. Dodger President Jamie McCourt probably will pop into the room, as she did during interviews with other candidates, as will Tom Lasorda, special advisor to owner Frank McCourt. Hershiser, 47, the Texas Ranger pitching coach since 2002, is anticipating Dodger reservations about his never having managed at any level and about the nearly nonexistent success former pitching coaches have had as managers.
Hershiser To Interview For Dodgers Job
Orel Hershiser, one of the key members of the Los Angeles Dodgers' 1988 World Series championship team, will interview for the club's vacant managerial job. General manager Paul DePodesta confirmed Friday the club had requested and been granted permission by the Texas Rangers to speak with Hershiser, who was among baseball's top pitchers from 1983-2000, compiling a career record of 204-150 with a 3.48 ERA. An interview will take place early next week in the Los Angeles area, DePodesta said.
Pendleton Cancels Dodgers' Interview
Atlanta Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton canceled his interview for the Los Angeles Dodgers managerial job, citing family reasons. Pendleton had been scheduled to meet with Dodgers officials Wednesday. "He has family there in Georgia, and after really thinking about it, he realized he couldn't be this far away from home," Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta said Tuesday. The Dodgers have been without a manager since Oct. 3, when the team and Jim Tracy cut ties. Tracy was hired as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates last week.
Dodgers To Interview Pendleton
Atlanta Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton has been added to the short list of candidates for the Dodgers' managerial position and will be interviewed on Wednesday, general manager Paul DePodesta said Sunday. The other five candidates -- Dodgers farm director Terry Collins, Dodgers Triple-A manager Jerry Royster, former Detroit manager Alan Trammell, San Francisco bench coach Ron Wotus and Cleveland Minor League manager Torey Lovullo -- have interviewed within the past week and remain candidates. "I'm very impressed with all five," DePodesta said. "I could see our next manager coming out of that group."
Dodgers Have Interest In Ron Wotus
Giants bench coach Ron Wotus is the fifth candidate for the vacant Dodgers' managerial job, the Los Angeles Times reported. He joins Dodger minor league staffers Terry Collins and Jerry Royster, recently fired Detroit Tiger manager Alan Trammell and Cleveland Indian minor league manager Torey Lovullo. General Manager Paul DePodesta will lead the interviews, meeting with Royster on Tuesday, Trammell on Wednesday, Wotus on Thursday, Collins on Friday and Lovullo on Saturday.
Pirates Hire Jim Tracy
Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Jim Tracy was hired Tuesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates' manager, The Associated Press learned. The Pirates will make the announcement at a news conference later Tuesday, according to a source close to the team who requested anonymity. The move sends Tracy from a team that traditionally has one of baseball's highest payrolls to one with one of the lowest. Tracy, 49, has been the front-runner from the start of the Pirates' search last week because of his long-standing ties to Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield, with whom he worked in the Montreal Expos' organization in the 1990s.
Gagne Calls Out Owner After Pitcher Plays Just 14 Games In 2005
The Dodgers suffered through their second-worst season since they moved west from Brooklyn in 1958, and it's unclear what lies ahead. Dodgers closer Eric Gagne, for one, hopes the future includes owner Frank McCourt spending more money. "You need to add a 40-home-run guy and a guy who hits .310, that's two hitters," Gagne told The Los Angeles Times. "You need to re-sign Jeff Weaver, the innings he gives us are priceless. "The Dodgers make money. The fans show up. You have to give back. As a business, you have to make money. But you have to take risk to make money and in baseball that means paying for players."
Moreno Won't Stand In Scioscia's Way To Dodgers
If the Dodgers sought permission to interview Angel Manager Mike Scioscia for their vacant managerial position and Scioscia were interested, Angel owner Arte Moreno said he would not stand in Scioscia's way. But Scioscia, who wanted the Dodger job before becoming the Angel manager in 2000, did not seem interested in returning to the team he helped to two World Series titles as a catcher from 1980 to 1992. "The commitment here is very real on both sides," said Scioscia, who is signed through 2007 with a team option for 2008. "I couldn't be in a better environment for us to achieve, from everything Arte and Bill [Stoneman, general manager] have committed to the organization from here down to the minor leagues. "It's fun to be here. No one has a crystal ball, but I just know there's no better job in baseball if you want to manage, with the way Arte and Bill are committed to achieving."