July 31, 2014

Steve Garvey Looking to Own Pro Sports Franchise

Steve Garvey - photo credit stevegarvey.com

USA Today had a short interview with Steve Garvey earlier this week where the 62 year-old former Dodger indicated he’s part of a consortium that’s looking to purchase a professional sports team.

The investor group seems to have a pretty wide range of candidates, as Garvey indicated that they had looked at everything from European and British soccer teams to basketball and baseball franchises. Garvey said he was looking for a franchise that was “downtrodden or beaten up a little bit” so his group could restore it to its former glory.

Although Garvey didn’t mention interest in the Dodgers specifically in his video remarks, USA Today indicated that the investor group was specifically interested in the team should it come up for sale in the future.

Check out the entire USA Today interview with Garvey below

Dodger Stadium Defiled for AMA Supercross Event

It’s a sad day at Dodger Stadium when the grass is intentionally killed for something other than an improved field for baseball, but that’s exactly what’s been going on this week as 500 dump truck loads of dirt have invaded Chavez Ravine for an upcoming AMA supercross event.

If that’s not bad enough, the dirt will be there for five weeks in order to also accomodate a monster truck event on February 19th.

The Dodgers have discussed hosting these kind of events in the past, but always backed off due to the impact to the field. Apparently, they’re much more comfortable with the idea now – perhaps the economic side of such a proposal? It makes sense given that the franchise owns the stadium and isn’t generating revenue with it in the offseason without events like this one.

All photos credited to Jon Soohoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Another Milton Bradley Blowup

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised to hear that former Dodger Milton Bradley was arrested today for allegedly threatening a woman according to the Los Angeles Times. This is the same Bradley that was traded after throwing a water bottle at fans in the outfield and getting in the face of former L.A. Times reporter Jason Reid.

Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik had the following statement:

After reaching Milton Bradley’s representatives tonight I was able to confirm that Milton had been arrested, and subsequently released, in Los Angeles. While we do not yet have full details on what occurred, we are aware of the situation and take it very seriously. We are in the process of determining the full circumstances of what occurred today. Until we have more information, we will not be able to comment further.

I seriously doubt anyone in the Dodgers organization misses Bradley’s infantile behavior or ejections.

dodgerfan.net Offseason Moves

Many of you have noticed that things have been a little quiet on the dodgerfan.net front recently. We’ve been in the midst of some significant changes around here, some not related to the site and some very related to it.

    Site Upgrades and Hosting Changes

We decided to make a pretty significant change to our site at the end of the year.  We run on the WordPress platform and have been chugging away on a good (but unsupported) platform for some time.  We decided the time was right to take the plunge and upgrade to a new platform (Genesis) that enables a lot more customization and enhanced functionality.  Stage 1 was enabling feature parity between the old platform and the new platform (which is now complete).  Stage 2, which will be taking place between now and the start of spring training, will involve changing some aspects of the site to improve content discoverability, enhancing partner content and a few other suggestions that various folks have passed along to us.

We’ve also made a change to our hosting provider, which takes a lot of work to complete when you are a two-man operation and have full-time jobs and families.  We’re very happy with our new provider and believe you’ll see better page load times as a result of this switch.

    Job-related Changes

Chris has been hard at work planning the next stage of his career and recently accepted a new position which included a move to Seattle over the holidays.  While not ideal for covering Dodger games in person, it’s definitely a positive step forward for his non-blog related work.

Finally, we’re hard at work assessing our staffing and determining what the right level of involvement is to create a solid product going forward.  You may see some new names and faces associated with the blog in the future, but rest assured that our approach, style, and content will stay at current levels.

With all that being said, let’s get back to work.  It’s hard to believe Spring Training is just a month away!

Photo Credit: Jon SooHoo / LA Dodgers 2010

Vin Scully to Broadcast for Dodgers in 2011

It’s now official – Vin Scully has announced that he will return to the Dodgers to broadcast their 2011 season. Scully has been signing one-year deals the past few years in order to give him flexibility in his retirement plans.

“I’m just honored and humbled to continue my association with the Dodgers, which has been a major part of my life,” said Scully. “I’m as thrilled as our fans that Vin will be returning,” said Dodger Owner Frank McCourt. “He is not only the greatest broadcaster of all time, but also a wonderful friend.”

Steve Dilbeck had a great write-up on the L.A. Times Dodgers blog that I’ve included in its entirety below. It brought a smile to my face and I wanted to share it with our readers.

Home is wherever Vin Scully is on the air; a scary moment turns celebratory as he announces his return
August 22, 2010 | 12:28 pm
And then, a giant sigh of relief.

A day that had seemed so ominous suddenly filled with an explosion of happiness.

Vin Scully is coming back.

Back to fill our summer evenings, to anchor a troubled franchise, to give us that one familiar, warm verbal embrace.

I have never been so happy to be so wrong about a gut feeling in my professional career.

Vin said Sunday he was embarrassed for any anguish he had caused with fans over the past day because he had left his decision oddly hanging for a night. I don’t understand the mechanics of it — if it was just going to be announced in a morning press release, why not just announce it Saturday and avoid all the Southland hand-wringing? — but right now it doesn’t matter.

What’s matters most is, Los Angeles’ greatest living treasure will return for at least one more season.

“I found in the deep recesses of my mind that I did not want to sever the relationship,” Scully said.

That’s a relationship with the team that goes back 61 years, and every season since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958. That’s a 52-year relationship with Los Angeles. That’s iconic.

It has to be hard to walk away from. Maybe Vin was going to, too, and then at the eleventh hour changed his mind. Selfishly, you want him to be with the Dodgers forever. But he’s 82 and long ago earned the right to do whatever it is that makes him happy.

And happily for Dodgers fans, this still makes him very happy.

“I just love it so much,” he said. “It’s like a very good marriage. I found when push came to shove, I just did not want to leave. My wife understood it, God bless her. She said, ‘If you love it, do it.’ So I love it and I’m going to do it.”

So the Dodgers win. Their fans win. Baseball wins. All of Los Angeles wins.

And, for at least one more season, we can all exhale.

– Steve Dilbeck

Time to rest easy Dodger fans!