Monday, October 31, 2005

DODGERS REFORMATION

Though the Dodgers don't have much standing as an organization these days, but the way they are setting the pace for offseason transactions is truly professional. To begin with the Dodgers have begun their general manager search. The Dodgers hired Paul DePodesta in 2004. They have received the permission of Gillick who is believed to have the recommendation of Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda, a special consultant to Dodgers chairman Frank McCourt, who will select the team's seventh general manager in the last eight years. The Dodgers are blindly holding conviction in Gillick’s conviction because he is one of the most accomplished former general managers still in the game, serving 26 years with Toronto, Baltimore and Seattle. His clubs reached the playoffs nine times and had winning records in 17 seasons. The Dodgers parted ways with Jim Tracy in October, and brought it to a close by firing Paul DePodesta. General Manager Paul DePodesta became the 11th high-level employee to be let go since McCourt purchased the team in January 2004. The Dodgers went 71-91 and finished fourth in the National League West one year after winning the division for the first time since 1995.

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