Why the Dodgers are holding off announcing that they plan to spend the final two weeks of spring training in PHX is beyond me. Add the Colorado Rockies, who are scheduled to host the Dodgers on March 23 at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, to the growing list of Cactus League clubs that have finalized their spring schedules with the Dodgers listed as one of their opponents. The Dodgers also have games scheduled with the Chicago White Sox on March 20 and Kansas City on March 26. But when the Dodgers do finally announce this, just humor them and pretend to be surprised, OK?
After a glorious Thanksgiving week in Maui (with one-night stops in Denver on either end), your humble correspondent is back on the job and looking forward to the winter meetings next week in Nashville, Tenn. This blog was actually on the fritz for a week before I left, so that is why it has been so long since my last post. Looks like not much has happened since I left, other than a few things we all knew were coming were made official, like the Coliseum game on March 29. The team today did finalize the hiring of Charles Steinberg, ex of the Boston Red Sox, as the Dodgers’ new exec vp of marketing and communications. Other than that, not much going on. But at least the blog is back up. … By the way, how ’bout them Hawgs? And better yet, how about Coach Nutt? I say good for him, and Razorback fans are going to be very, very sorry one day for basically running him out of town.
This would seem to suggest Marty’s departure wasn’t entirely voluntary, given that his replacement — a guy named Dennis Mannion, who is coming from outside the organization — was announced at 9:53 this morning, less than 48 hours after Marty “resigned” as the Dodgers’ chief operating officer. Mannion has served as senior VP for business ventures for the Baltimore Ravens for the past eight years and also worked for Denver-based Ascent Sports and as a marketing executive for the Philadelphia Phillies. Still waiting for that stability Frank McCourt keeps talking about.