May 2009 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Torre Unsure Of Future After 2010
Dodgers manager Joe Torre isn't sure if he'll continue managing past his contract, which expires in 2010. Torre, 68, is in the second year of his three-year deal with Los Angeles. "I've got another year, but beyond that I'm not sure," Torre said. "Well, next year is always in question. You hope you still continue to feel as energized as you do now." Torre managed the Yankees from 1996 to 2007. "I was wondering if the managing had just gotten to the point where the stress was outweighing the enjoyment," Torre said. "The Dodgers were the first reason that I decided to come here ... another big part was that I was curious if this managing stuff could be fun or if I was just too old -- and it's been fun."
Torre: Manny Shouldn't Be An All-Star
Dodgers manager Joe Torre doesn't believe that suspended outfielder Manny Ramirez should be an All-Star. Ramirez is currently fourth in the National League outfield voting, close to the third, and final, position. "No, I don't, and if you ask Manny, he'd give you the same answer," said Torre. "I understand a lot of it is a popularity contest and you want to give the manager the best players, but to me, the significance of the All-Star Game is to reward players who had a good first half. "They don't always do that. But I always feel it's great to have young players [given] a chance to make the club. Look at [Evan] Longoria, and rightly so. "Manny's popularity is why he's gotten votes. Realistically, he didn't have, except for reputation, a right to be an All-Star. It probably isn't the right thing for him this year, from the baseball aspect, I've got to think."
Dodgers Want To Upgrade Pitching Via Trade
Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said the pitching staff needs significant improvement. "We can't go to the bullpen every day as early and as often as we do," Colletti said. Colletti said he had talked this season with the San Diego Padres about Jake Peavy. "If we could make a move, we'd do it, no matter the lead, no matter the deficit," Colletti said. "The goal is to improve the club."
Manny Will Spend At Least A Week In Minors
Manny Ramirez will spend at least a week in the minor leagues as part of a rehab assignment before rejoining the Dodgers. Ramirez, who is serving a 50-game ban for violating baseball's drug policy, is eligible to rejoin the Dodgers on July 3. "We've still got a ways to go with him," manager Joe Torre said. "The most important thing was getting all the cobwebs cleaned out with all the things he's going through and that he'll continue to go through until he gets back and starts playing and the questions sort of taper off."
Site Sells 'Manny Being Barry' Shirts
A web site has begun selling t-shirts with the phrase "Manny Being Barry" on them. The site, PhillyPhaithful.com, is selling the shirts for $24.99 each. The shirt plays on the popular phrase, "Manny Being Manny," which was born in Boston as a result of the left fielder's odd behavior. An asterisk is also featured on the shirt.
Manny Still Doing Well In All-Star Balloting
Manny Ramirez is fourth among National League outfielders in the first round of All-Star balloting. He is only 34,080 votes behind third-place Carlos Beltran, who currently holds the final outfield spot. Online voting started April 22, two weeks before Ramirez was handed the 50-game ban, and will continue through June 28.
Peavy Would Only Accept Deal To Cubs, Dodgers?
The Padres' financial situation is getting worse, and they are now talking to the Cubs and Dodgers about pitcher Jake Peavy. Chicago and Los Angeles are the only two clubs that Peavy would considering waiving his no-trade clause for, according to the Daily Herald. Last week, Peavy rejected a trade to the White Sox.
Manny Takes Batting Practice At Dodger Stadium
Manny Ramirez worked out at Dodgers Stadium on Monday for the first time since he was suspended 50 games for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy almost three weeks ago. Ramirez took batting practice at the empty stadium, according to team spokesman Josh Rawitch said. Under Major League Baseball rules, Ramirez can work out with the Dodgers, but must be off the field by the time the stadium gates open.
Manny Is Working Out In Florida
Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez is working out in Florida and has been in contact with the team's front office. Los Angeles general manager Ned Colletti doesn't know when the suspended slugger will return to work out with the club, but a 10-day minor league rehab stint is allowed and expected. Ramirez is eligible to return to action July 3. "That's a full Spring Training," said Colletti. "If you're off from October until February, you need a full Spring Training. He'll be off less than two months, so he probably doesn't need a full Spring Training. We're trying to figure out what he'll need. The main thing now is for him to keep his legs strong."
Torre And Dodgers Will Visit Yankee Stadium In 2010
Though next season's schedule won't be official for several weeks, an industry source told The Post on Monday that the Dodgers are preliminarily slated for a three-game, interleague series at Yankee Stadium, in what would be their first visit to The Bronx since the 1981 World Series. The series will be Joe Torre's first return to Yankee Stadium since he was not retained as manager of the club in 2007.
Scully Nearly Became Voice Of The Yankees
Legendary Los Angeles broadcaster Vin Scully nearly became the voice of the Yankees in the 1960s.
Kershaw's No-Hit Bid Ends In 8th Inning
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw pitched seven innings of no-hit baseball against the Marlins on Sunday afternoon.
Manny Hit .362 With Suspension Looming
You can say what you want in the wake of his suspension, but you can't knock Manny for his ability to hit through adversity.
Manny Apologizes To Teammate For Suspension
On Friday, Manny Ramirez apologized to his teammates for his 50-game suspension.
Sources: No HCG Found In Manny's System
Manny Ramirez's system found no trace of the medicine HCG at the time of his drug test, but the evidence suggests he had used steroids.
Source: Manny To Address Teammates
Manny Ramirez is expected to meet with Dodgers manager Joe Torre and the team on Friday
Exec: Money Is Always A Good Carrot For Manny
One front office executive with a rival club wondered how motivated Manny Ramirez will be when he returns from his suspension.
Selig Remains Quiet About Ramirez
MLB commissioner Bud Selig has remained quiet several days after the 50-game suspension of Manny Ramirez for violating the league's anti-drug policy.
Mota: Manny Is 'Recuperating'
Dodgers teammate Guillermo Mota said that Manny Ramirez is distraught over his 50-game suspension, but that he is "recuperating."
Manny's 'Health Condition' Is Very Rare
A drug like the one that caused Manny Ramirez to test positive under MLB's anti-drug policy could be used to boost testosterone after a cycle of steroids.
Manny Drops Appeal Of Suspension
Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez hadn't obtained a therapeutic-use exemption for the drug he took, so he dropped an appeal of his 50-game suspension.
Torre Wants Dodgers To Answer 'Challenge'
Dodgers manager Joe Torre wants his young team to look at Manny Ramirez's 50-game suspension as a challenge.
Casey Blake Mocks Brian Wilson's Signature Gesture
The Giants consoled Brian Wilson after a friend sent an image of Casey Blake mocking the cross-armed gesture the closer makes after each save to the closer's cell phone.
Dodgers Move Up To Top Spot In Team Rankings
The Dodgers are now ranked first in baseball according to the 2009 Opsera, with the Jays locked into the second slot and the Mets going from 11th to 4th.
Owner Wants Manny To Address Dodgers
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt would like Manny Ramirez to address the team in the wake of his 50-game steroid suspension.
Dodgers Still Waiting To Hear From Manny
The Dodgers still have yet to hear from Manny Ramirez since he received a 50-game suspension on Thursday for violating baseball's anti-drug policy.
Suspension Will Save Dodgers $6.8M
Los Angeles will save around $6.8 million over four years because of the suspension.
Victorino Is 'Sad' Over Manny News
Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino was sad when he heard that Manny Ramirez tested positive for a banned substance recently.
Red Sox: Manny Didn't Taint Our Titles
The Red Sox responded to Manny Ramirez's 50-game suspension for violating MLB's drug policy on Thursday, claiming that the event doesn't taint their titles.