Tag:Steve Garvey
Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:05 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 1:06 pm
 

Korean company among Dodgers bidders

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Korean retailer E-Land leads a consortium that is on the short list of Dodgers bidders, Yohap News Agency reported on Monday (via Reuters).

This weekend, the Los Angeles Times reported that at least eight bidders had advanced from the more than 12 initial bids. Already out include Mark Cuban, as well as the group including Steve Garvey and Orel Hershiser.

Dodgers in transition
Joining the Korean group in on the bidding is thought to believe a group led by Magic Johnson, another led by real estate developer Rick Caruso (that includes Joe Torre) and another by hedge fundmanager Steven Cohen.

The total cost is expected to be at least $1.5 million.

Major League Baseball has agreed to approve as many as 10 bidders, with Frank McCourt revealing the winning bid by April 1.

The Korean company wouldn't be the first Asian owners in baseball, Nintendo owns the Seattle Mariners.

Baseball is popular in Korea and its national team reached the finals of the last World Baseball Classic, losing to rival Japan in the championship game. Los Angeles also has a huge Korean American population -- more than 300,000, according to the 2009 American Community Survey.

The Dodgers also signed Chan-Ho Park, who was the first South Korean-born player in big league history when he debuted with Los Angeles in 1994.

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Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Magic Johnson wants to buy the Dodgers

Magic Johnson

By C. Trent Rosecrans


At the very least, the Dodgers will have no shortage of famous names looking to own the team, as basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson announced on Twitter that he has teamed with Mark Walter and former Braves and Nationals president Stan Kasten to make a bid on the team.

Johnson tweeted this on Friday:

 

Walter is the real money in the group, with Johnson and Kasten lending the star power.

Other groups interest in the Dodgers include Mark Cuban and a group including former Dodgers Steve Garvey and Orel Hershiser. Peter O'Malley, whose family moved the Dodgers to Los Angeles, has also said he wants to buy the team, too.

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Posted on: July 8, 2011 10:31 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 10:38 pm
 

Dodgers fire Steve Garvey

By Matt Snyder

Former Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey has been fired from the team's marketing and community relations department (ESPN Los Angeles). The news in and of itself isn't particularly compelling, as the job wasn't even remotely high-profile, but there's a small item of interest here. Reportedly, the firing is a reaction by the Frank McCourt administration to the news that Garvey has interest in buying the Dodgers -- once McCourt is no longer the owner, of course.

Garvey is putting together a group that hopes to make a serious run at Dodgers ownership, should it become available, and he's looped in former Dodgers ace Orel Hershiser. The group is now being called the Garvey-Hershiser Group.

Garvey, 62, played for the Dodgers for 14 seasons, going to the World Series four times, winning once. He hit .294 with 272 home runs and 2,599 hits in his career.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:16 am
Edited on: June 30, 2011 11:00 am
 

Pepper: Don't buy me peanuts or Cracker Jack

By C. Trent Rosecrans

BASEBALL TODAY: Matt Snyder joins Lauren Shehadi to talk sweeps week in Major League Baseball, as the Phillies, Yankees and Mets go for sweeps in interleague series today.

BASEBALL FOR EVERYONE: A friend of mine has spent a good 15 years of his professional career around his great love, baseball. He's hoped to share that love with his son, named for his favorite player, Nolan Ryan. The two watch games on TV, but haven't been able to experience the game live.

Nolan hasn't been able to sit in the stands and wish for a foul ball to come his way or walk out of the concourse and see the field, hear the crowd roar as Ichiro Suzuki rounds second on his way to third or hear the pop of a Felix Hernandez fastball.

You see, two years ago, like any other toddler, Nolan ate some peanut butter. Soon, he could't breathe and broke out into hives. His parents loaded him into the car and rushed to the hospital. At one point, his mother decide they couldn't wait any longer and called 911 and they pulled over to the side as an ambulance rushed to their aid, closing the I-5. The paramedics were able to get it under control and doctors told them Nolan wouldn't have lasted much longer.

Nolan was diagnosed with a severe peanut allergy. Since then, they've noticed symptoms in their son if there is even peanut dust in the air. Safeco Field or any stadium was like walking into a poison trap for Nolan. 

Well, that won't have to be the case -- as the Mariners are one of the teams hosting peanut-free games this season, an increasing trend according to this Reuters article. Peanut allergies have doubled over the last decade, and nobody is sure why.

Five times a season, the Tigers offer peanut-free suites at discount prices, the next is Sunday against the Giants and all 70 seats are sold, the Detroit News reports. That's a good sign and hopefully encourages more of this.

PHILLIES GOOD: OK, this is hardly breaking news, but the Phillies' rotation is really, really good -- and that's even without Roy Oswalt.

David Hale of the News-Journal does the math for us, the current five starters in the rotation -- Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Vance Worley and Kyle Kendrick -- are a combined 12-3 with a 1.33 ERA in June with hitters managing just a .194 batting average against. WIth Halladay, Lee and Worley starting this month, the Phillies have gone 13-0.

BLAME BUD: While Bud Selig is 100 percent right to want Frank McCourt out as the Dodgers' owner, Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan writes that it's Selig's fault McCourt is in this position to begin with. Instead of finding the best owner for the team in 2004, Selig went with someone who would be on his side.

EXTENSION FOR HARDY: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is on several team's trade wishlist, but he may not be going anywhere. The Orioles have reached out to Hardy's agent to talk about an extension. Hardy is a free agent after the season. [Baltimore Sun]

NO FIRE SALE: After the Cubs released Doug Davis, general manager Jim Hendry met with the media and assured them there would be no "fire sale." While nobody wants the bloated contracts of Alfonso Soriano or Carlos Zambrano, Hendry insinuated he wouldn't trade the likes of Carlos Marmol or Ryan Dempster. [Daily Herald]

NO FIRE SALE… YET: The Dodgers haven't started "substantive" trade talks yet, but could begin doing so after the break, ESPN's Buster Olney tweets.

ZIMMERMAN'S CHANGES: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has struggled after rebuilding his throwing mechanics during a season, including allowing the game-winning run with a throwing error on Wednesday. But Zimmerman is convinced he's doing the right thing and it'll pay off in the end. [Washington Post]

WOOD CLOSER: The Cubs could get reliever Kerry Wood back in time for this weekend's series with the White Sox, CSNChicago.com's Patrick Mooney tweets.

ROENICKE, GREINKE MEET: Brewers manager Ron Roenicke met with right-hander Zack Greinke to "clear the air" after Roenicke felt some of his postgame comments were misinterpreted by the media after Greinke's two-inning start against the Yankees. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

BUCHHOLZ OUT PAST BREAK: After throwing a bullpen Tuesday, Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz said he won't make his next start and could be out until after the All-Star break. Buchholz is dealing with a muscle strain in his back. [Boston Herald]

STRASBURG'S MECHANICS: Stephen Strasburg is back throwing off a mound, but his mechanics look the same, some observers say. Does he need a change? Sports Illustrated's Will Carroll says he doesn't know (and if Will doesn't know, I certainly don't), but it would be wise for the Nationals to look into some biomechanics analysis to make sure his mechanics weren't the reason for his arm injury.

SWISH BEING SWISH: Nick Swisher said his recent turnaround on the field has allowed him to be himself in the clubhouse. [Wall Street Journal]

ECKSTEIN NOT RETIRED: Former Angels (among other teams) shortstop David Eckstein says he's not retired, he's just choosing not to play. There are teams that would be interested in the game's leader of grit, but isn't sure if he wants to return. He sounds like he just needs to be wined and dined in the right way and he'd return. [Los Angeles Times]

NAME GAME: Just as Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle was responsible for Pete Rose's nickname, "Charlie Hustle," another Hall of Famer hung the moniker "Donnie Baseball" on Don Mattingly. Mattingly said Kirby Puckett gets credit for the nickname. [MLB.com]

NAME CHANGE: Remember the old XFL and Rod "He Hate Me" Smart? The CPBL -- the Chinese Professional Baseball League of Taiwan -- is apparently trying some sort of similar name-changing gimmick with its foreign players. One of those is former Royal Dan Reichert who is now Robert 38. [FanGraphs.com]

DODGERS DREAM TEAM: Steve Garvey has put together what he calls a "Dream Team" to buy the Dodgers, including another former Dodger, Orel Hershiser. [SportsRadioInterviews.com]

DIFFERENT DERBY: The Midwest League featured a different type of home run derby, which featured a hitting contest with more than 50 targets and prizes, including a dunk tank. Really, though, the biggest improvement over the big-league version is the absence of Chris Berman. [Benjamin Hill]

BUTCH'S TIRADE: Former big-leaguer Butch Hobson is now a manager in an Independent League, but his tirade from the other night is certainly worthy of the majors. Check him out has he does a combination of Lloyd McClendon and Terrell Owens. [h/t ItsAlwaysSunnyInDetroit.com]

MASCOT FAIL: Is that a sock or are you just happy to see me? Check out this independent league mascot in Amarillo, Texas. Yep. That's not good. [h/t Big League Stew]

BRING A PACKED LUNCH: I've always wanted to go see a game on one of the Wrigley Field rooftops, and I'd still like to -- I'm just not sure I would eat anything they have. Several rooftop businesses failed their health inspections recently. [Chicago Tribune]

CONGRATS CHONE: FanGraphs.com looks at the worst players in baseball based on 2010 and 2011 -- with Mariners infielder Chone Figgins edging Brewers shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt for the title.

CIVIL WAR-STYLE GAME: If you're in Savannah, Ga., this weekend, you have plenty of entertainment and dining options, but how about checking out some baseball at a Civil War fort? Fort Pulaski will host a game Sunday featuring rules from 1860. [Connect Savannah]

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Posted on: June 16, 2011 6:55 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Padres to retire Hoffman's No. 51 on Aug. 21

Trevor Hoffman

By C. Trent Rosecrans

A couple of weeks ago my sister asked me if I'd ever heard of Trevor Hoffman. I informed her I indeed had and tried to explain to her just who he is. Apparently her fiance was at a game talking to "this Hoffman guy" instead of talking to her on the phone, so she wanted to find out just who he was, because if he never appeared in People, she wasn't going to know.

Well, Dr. Rosecrans -- yes, she's an MD, so intellect isn't the problem -- may have been the only one surprised on Thursday when the Padres announced they would be retiring Hoffman's No. 51. The official ceremony will take place Aug. 21.

"I'm extremely flattered by this and really excited about it," Hoffman told MLB.com's Corey Brock on Thursday. "Unlike [his retirement ceremony], this will be more of a celebration, something that's in-season and that I can share with the fans."

Hoffman is currently a special assistant to Padres team president and chief operating officer Tom Garfinkel.

Hoffman recorded 552 of his 601 career saves with the Padres. The Aug. 21 celebration will be held before San Diego's game with the Marlins, the team that Hoffman broke into the majors with in 1993. He was then traded in June of that season to San Diego in the deal that sent Gary Sheffield to the Marlins.

He joins Steve Garvey (6), Randy Jones (35), Tony Gwynn (19) and Dave Winfield (31) as Padres with their numbers retired. Every MLB team has retired Jackie Robinson's No. 42.

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Posted on: June 5, 2011 12:47 pm
 

Hershiser, Garvey possible Dodgers suitors



By Matt Snyder


If the Dodgers turn up for sale -- and it's likely they will be permanently removed from Frank McCourt's ownership at some point -- two familiar faces will reportedly be in on the bidding. Former Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey has put together a group that is ready to make a serious charge toward owning the ballclub and he has now added Orel Hershiser to the fray. With the addition, the group is now being called the Garvey-Hershiser group.

The LA Daily Newsreports:
"Garvey approached me," Hershiser confirmed in a phone interview.

"We've always talked and communicated through the years. He was a little more of a role model for me, the way he did things. I was like, 'That's what I want to do.' He's been a good businessman.

"When he called and said he wanted me to be part of this group, I said, 'Garv, I'd always be interested in helping and doing something like this that would be a lot of fun.' We're forming a group that's investigating situations as they arise. That would be very interesting for me."
Garvey, 62, played 14 years for the Dodgers, winning one MVP and making eight All-Star games. He was a member of the World Series champion 1981 Dodgers and played in three World Series as a member of the team.

Hershiser, 52, pitched for the Dodgers for 13 seasons. He made three All Star games and won a Cy Young. He was the ace of the 1988 World Series championship Dodgers team, winning the World Series MVP after two complete-game victories. He presently serves as a commentator for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, but would step down if he was part of the group that purchased the Dodgers.

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