Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully smiles as he makes his way to the stage during the Dodgers’ fourth annual FanFest in January. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully ranks fifth on our annual list of the 50 Most Powerful in Southern California Sports. Scully moved up from sixth on our 2015 list.
The other Dodger folks on our list (last year’s rank in parentheses):
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Andrew Friedman doesn’t often have press conferences, not in Los Angeles, and especially not on the road. But he made an exception today when the Dodgers visited the team he helped turn from an also-ran into a World Series contender.
Friedman, an executive in the Tampa Bay Rays’ front office from 2004-13, reminisced about his time here earlier today:
Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw might not be BFFs anymore, but what does that really mean for the Dodgers going forward? (Associated Press photo)
One of the better Zack Greinke analogies I’ve read in the last 24 hours came from Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs: “The Dodgers didn’t lose a war. They fell short in this particular battle.”
I’m not sure what kind of sentences were written after, say, Antietam. But there is a certain sense of shock and loss among fans who have taken time to chime in on Twitter and Facebook. For now hindsight is easy and foresight is difficult. We don’t know exactly where the Dodgers will go from here, only that the days of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke at the top of the starting rotation are over. As of this writing, most fans are OK with that.
A few things to consider for perspective:
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Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez (left) will interview for the Dodgers’ managerial vacancy at the GM meetings in Boca Raton, Fla (Getty Images)
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman is in Boca Raton, Florida for baseball’s annual GM meetings. So is Dave Martinez, who’s there to interview for the Dodgers’ managerial vacancy, per a source.
Friedman didn’t say anything specific about the search process in a conference call with reporters Monday, other than to say it’s ongoing and should be done by the Winter Meetings.
If the market is slow to develop, the Dodgers’ roster might still have an incomplete look by then. Currently there are 36 players on the 40-man roster.
“We’ll be looking for a manager who can adapt to different personnel,” Friedman said, “and someone who can appreciate the strengths of the guys on our roster at any given time and put them in the best position to succeed.”
The Winter Meetings will be held Dec. 7-10 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said today that he didn’t want to get into specifics about the decision to part ways with Don Mattingly. You can hear that at the 1:22 mark of this video courtesy of SportsNet LA, then over and over again, about 40 different ways, over the final 36-plus minutes:
There are some useful nuggets of information in there, but there are also a lot of non-useful questions and answers to filter through. I’ll distill it into a story shortly.