February 2007 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
"Secrets Of A Hollywood SuperMadam" Shakes Dodgertown
"Secrets of a Hollywood SuperMadam," a tell-all book by Hollywood madam Jody "Babydol" Gibson that will be released Thursday, claims that Tommy Lasorda frequented her call-girl service, the reports of which brought from Lasorda a denial and a promise to sue. The book's lurid excerpts have since ratcheted Internet voyeurs to DEFCON 2. But Lasorda shook his head and said further dialogue would serve only to sell more books and perpetuate the story, the thought of which reddened his face and tightened his lips.
No Schmidt? Lowe Named Opening Day Starter
Derek Lowe will be the Dodgers' Opening Day starter for the third consecutive year, manager Grady Little announced on Tuesday morning. The Dodgers are scheduled to open the regular season on April 2 in Milwaukee. Little said internal debate continues regarding the order in which Lowe will be followed, based on the way the pitchers and opposing clubs match up. Brad Penny and newcomers Jason Schmidt and Randy Wolf are confirmed in the rotation, while there is a scramble for the fifth spot that involves Brett Tomko, Mark Hendrickson, Chad Billingsley and Hong-Chih Kuo, among others.
Dodgers Win Arbitration Case With Beimel
The Dodgers beat relief pitcher Joe Beimel in the club's first arbitration case in three years, setting his salary at $912,500 instead of the $1.25 million he sought. Beimel, 29, wanted a raise almost three times the $425,000 he was paid last season, when he made the team after signing as a minor league free agent and became the Dodgers' top left-handed reliever. The six-year veteran was 2-1 with two saves and a 2.96 earned-run average in 62 appearances.
Fassero Retires After 16 Seasons
Jeff Fassero is retiring from baseball after winning 121 games over 16 major league seasons. The 44-year-old lefty, cut by the Giants in May, worked out for the Dodgers on Feb. 2. "I thought I threw really well. I guess they didn't they think so," Fassero said Friday during a telephone interview. "They were the ones that showed the most interest."
Joe Mays Signs Minor League Contract With Dodgers
Joe Mays, a 17-game winner for the Twins in 2001, agreed to a minor league contract with the Dodgers on Tuesday and will attend spring training as a non-roster invitee. The 31-year-old right-hander has a 48-70 record with a 5.05 ERA in 206 big league games, including 156 as a starter.
Dodgers Sign Bigbie To Minor League Deal
The Dodgers signed outfielder Larry Bigbie to a minor league contract Friday and invited him to spring training as a non-roster player. The 29-year-old Bigbie was sidelined most of last season with injuries. He played in 17 games with the Cardinals. Before that, Bigbie played for the Orioles and Rockies.