June 2007 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Nomar 100% On Board Moving To Third Base
Nomar Garciaparra is moving across the diamond. After spending the past season and a half as the Dodgers' first baseman, Garciaparra moving to third base Garciaparra will move to third base, perhaps as early as Friday. "We're trying to get ourselves in a position where we can be the best we can be, and that option right now is there for us," manager Grady Little said Monday. "Nomar's 100 percent on board. He's been over there before. It's not a strange place for him."
Lo Duca Suspended Two Games
Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca was suspended two games and fined after he tossed every piece of equipment he could find onto the field after being ejected Saturday night. Lo Duca appealed the penalty and cannot be disciplined until after a hearing is held. The New York Mets' fiery catcher was ejected for arguing a strike call in the sixth inning Saturday night against Oakland, prompting a tirade that ended with most of his gear on the field. Lo Duca came to bat with two runners on in a scoreless game. After taking an inside strike that made the count 0-2, he got in Marvin Hudson's face and barked at the plate umpire, gesturing vehemently with his hand. After making his point, Lo Duca walked slightly up the third-base line, gathered himself and prepared to get back in the batter's box. That's when Hudson ejected him, sending Lo Duca into a rage. His eyes bulging with anger, Lo Duca screamed at Hudson before Mets manager Willie Randolph tried to restrain him. Lo Duca grabbed Randolph by the sleeve, nudged him aside and went right back at Hudson.
Schmidt Has Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery
Jason Schmidt had season-ending shoulder surgery on Wednesday and the Dodgers' right-hander is not expected to return until spring training next year. "We knew he hadn't been throwing well," GM Ned Colletti said. "It's been a concern for a few starts. Obviously it's a disappointment. We'll just have to figure out how to make it better." Schmidt, who signed a $47 million, three-year contract as a free agent during the offseason, went 1-4 with a 6.31 ERA in six starts.
Kent Won't Play Beyond 40
Jeff Kent's playing career is nearing its completion. "I know this," Kent said upon his arrival in the clubhouse, "I won't play beyond 40. That makes next year my last year. As for coming back next year, that will probably come down to how the team finishes this year. "When I left Washington's stadium this year, I asked myself, should I be sad since I might never be back here? I felt the same thing when I left Pittsburgh's stadium. Should I take some dirt, a base, a dirty sock? But you know what, there's just not that attachment for me. I won't be one of those guys who find it hard to leave."
Dodgers Want To Open 2008 In Asia
Major League Baseball has explored the possibility of playing exhibition games in China and opening the 2008 season in Japan, and the Dodgers have in turn expressed their interest. "We would be willing to make the trip," owner Frank McCourt said Wednesday. "As a matter of fact, we would look forward to it. "We just made it very, very clear to baseball that the Dodgers were the first to establish a relationship in Japan and other countries as well. Knowing how very important our relationships are, it would be appropriate perhaps for the Dodgers to be considered in terms of opening or playing in exhibitions games." The Dodgers previously went to Asia during a 1993 postseason tour of Japan and Taiwan, and have since signed Japanese pitchers Hideo Nomo, Kazuhisa Ishii and Takashi Saito as well as Taiwanese pitchers Hong-Chih Kuo and Chin-hui Tsao. As part of their continuing relationship with the Japanese, McCourt and Saito met before the game with Ryozo Kato, Japan's ambassador to the United States.
Canadian Flag Causes Uproar At Dodgers Game
During Saturday night's contest between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Dodgers, a security guard attempted to confiscate a Canadian flag from a fan. That provoked an angry confrontation with about 100 local expats attending the game. The flag waver was Lee Fraser, a 29-year-old native of Pembroke, Ont., who works in L.A. in the entertainment business. As he showed his national pride during the sixth inning, a single security staffer demanded he hand over his Maple Leaf. When Fraser refused, the guard found himself facing a pocket of Canadian indignation. "The whole crew went crazy," Fraser said. "They sent down three or four security guards, the LAPD. Because, you know, Canadians are such a big threat." "Suddenly, it's about defending your honour and your flag," Dodgers vice-president of stadium operations Lon Rosenberg said yesterday. "You're touching something that's very emotional. If it was our flag, it'd be the same way."
Dodgers Inquire On Dye
The Dodgers have asked the White Sox about outfielder Jermaine Dye, according to a source familiar with the talks. The Padres are intrigued by Dye as well, particularly because he would bring a right-handed bat to a stadium with a 357-foot alley in left-center. The White Sox say they're not trading Dye now, certainly not for prospects, but a quality reliever might change their minds.
Glaus Dismisses L.A. Trade Rumors
Troy Glaus is an All-Star third baseman with the Toronto Blue Jays who would seem a perfect trade target for the Dodgers in their attempt to resolve their revolving door at third base. For weeks, there has been speculation about Glaus' availability, so his arrival at Dodger Stadium on Friday night for a three-game series figures to fuel interest on future scenarios. "They're rumors," Glaus said with a smile. "It's people speculating on what and when, and until something happens, you don't worry about it. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it doesn't. It's nice to know people still want you, but the only thing I can concern myself with is what's going on here and trying to win."
Hoffman Notches Save No. 500
Padres closer Trevor Hoffman notched his 500th save in Wednesday's 5-2 victory over the Dodgers. Hoffman, who has recorded 58 saves against the Dodgers over his 15-year career - the most he has recorded against any team - worked around a double by Nomar Garciaparra in the ninth to reach the milestone. He is now 22 saves ahead Lee Smith on the all-time list and 81 saves ahead of Mariano Rivera on the active saves list.
Dodgers GM Spends Quality Time With Ichiro's Agent
Before last night's game, Dodgers GM Ned Colletti and Tony Attanasio, the agent for Ichiro Suzuki, chatted for more than an hour. Suzuki, the Mariners' leadoff man and center fielder, is eligible for free agency in November. The Padres are among the teams that covet him.