Archive - November 2014
- Column: MLB Teams Hire Multiple GM'sNovember 24, 2014
“I am in control here.” General Alexander M. Haig, Jr. March 30, 1981 The Los Angeles Dodgers are known for fetching the highest price ever paid for a Major League Baseball franchise, at $2 billion. After going on a front office hiring spree this fall, the Dodgers laid claim to one other record and possibly a third: The highest salary ever awarded a MLB General Manager and having the most current or former General Managers in a team’s employ. First, the Dodgers kicked their incumbent GM, Ned Colletti, to the curb, creating a new position and assigning him the title of Senior Advisor to the President, Stan Kasten. During Colletti’s nine years as GM, the Dodgers made the playoffs five times. But they never played in a World Series and in sports, the bottom line is winning. Kasten could have fired Colletti but that would have been interpreted as unsentimental and crass for a team with unlimited resources.
- Column: Adam Silver Endorses Sports GamblingNovember 16, 2014
Last Thursday in an op-ed piece in The New York Times, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver came out in favor of legalizing gambling on professional sports. Talk about a bombshell. Silver’s comments were in stark contrast to the decades old position of his league, which is mirrored by other professional sports leagues in this country. In 1992 the leagues lobbied Congress to pass the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) which prohibited the adoption of legalized sports betting in all but the four states - Nevada, Oregon, Delaware and Montana - where it was legal at the time. Just last month, the NBA joined MLB, the NFL, and the NHL in a legal challenge to block the state of New Jersey from implementing sports betting at casinos and racetracks.
- Column: A-Rod Admits to Using PEDsNovember 10, 2014
“He's a walkin' contradiction, partly truth, partly fiction.” The Pilgrim, Chapter 33 by Kris Kristofferson The Miami Herald reported last week that during a hearing with DEA investigators on January 29th, Rodriguez admitted buying PEDs from Tony Bosch, operator of the now defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in South Florida. A-Rod also told investigators that he knew what he was taking – testosterone cream, gummies and hormone injections - was illegal and a violation of baseball's joint drug agreement. This is the same Alex Rodriguez who for two years had vehemently denied any involvement with Bosch or his clinic.
- Column: Cubs Hire Joe MaddonNovember 3, 2014
The second dance with Joe Maddon turned out to be the charm for Theo Epstein. When Epstein was hired as the general manager of the Red Sox in 2002, he interviewed Maddon for the team’s vacant managerial position. Maddon had been a big league coach for ten years, but his lack of managerial experience and Boston’s intense media market led Epstein to opt for Terry Francona. Tampa Bay had no such qualms when they hired Maddon as their manager in 2005. In nine seasons at the helm of the low-budget Rays, Maddon earned a reputation as one of the best managers in the game. When former Rays’ president Andrew Friedman was hired by the Dodgers two weeks ago, Maddon became a prime topic of conversation. A clause in his contract gave him the option to become a free agent if Friedman ever left the Rays. The twitter-verse was rife with questions. Would Maddon exercise his option? Would Friedman fire the manager he inherited, Don Mattingly, and be reunited with Maddon? Would another MLB team jettison their manager to accommodate Maddon? Soon enough, the questions were answered.