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Weekend reading: Poor Ned Colletti gets no love

Colletti Checking on some current Dodgers Web doings …

  -- Poor Ned Colletti, he just can’t get any respect. Maybe it’s the cowboy boots.

Here he’s had the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series the last two seasons, and Sports Illustrated ranks baseball general managers from one to 30 … and Colletti is tabbed 26th.

Tim Marchman at has Andrew Friedman, 32, of Tampa Bay as his top-ranked GM. Marchman said he gave high marks for wins per payroll dollars. Boston’s Theo Epstein and the Yankees' Brian Cashman, however, were ranked second and third.

And the caboose award goes to Kansas City’s Dayton Moore at No.30. Colletti’s mentor, the Giants' Brian Sabean, came right in behind him at 27th.

  -- No respect, L.A. Dodgers division.

The Hall of Fame is conducting a ballot to elect the greatest baseball team ever. There are 32 teams listed, but not one from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The only Dodgers team included is the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers, who lost in the World Series to the Yankees.

The Hall has oddly decided to use most games won during the regular season as the criteria for its 32-team bracket. The ’53 Dodgers won a club record 105 games. The L.A. Dodgers record is 102, accomplished by the ’62 and ’74 clubs, neither of which won the World Series. The ’62 team actually finished second by a game to the Giants.

Adding a further oddity to the Hall’s setup are the teams that finished with a major-league record 116 victories: the 1906 Cubs lost the World Series and the 2001 Mariners didn’t even make it that far.

  -- Tony Jackson at gives reliever Luis Ayala’s emotional take of the night in Mexico this past off-season when his home was broken into during the middle of the night by men carrying high-powered weapons and he and his family were held hostage for an estimated 40 minutes.

  -- Ken Gurnick at said despite their small army of fifth starter candidates, the Dodgers remain interested in veteran right-hander Braden Looper. As with Garret Anderson, they’re waiting for his price to fall.

  -- Tim Brown at compares the different weight approach of Dodgers catcher Russell Martin and Cubs catcher Geovany Soto this spring.

  -- The New York Times’ Tyler Kepner writes that despite some of the bigger name acquisitions, the Seattle Mariners’ 2010 title hopes could depend largely on the less than dependable Milton Bradley.

Bradley, surprise, takes no responsibility for the Chicago failure.

  -- Warning to old guys: Jon Weisman does some exhaustive research at in examining the Dodgers’ surprising lack of success with bench players over the age of 35.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Ned Colletti. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times

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If "team" is the operative word, I'll take the 1988 Dodgers.

I have a difficult time accepting Epstein and Cashman as high up as they are, Epstein is Billy Beane with 10x the cash flow and Cashman's strategy is pay the best players the most money to play for your team. I'm never surprised to see the Red Sox and Yankees in the ALCS and WS nearly every year.

Not only is Ned Colletti not getting any respect, he may no longer have the means (read $$$) to make more deals. I see that it could cost as much as $19 million to settle the McCourts divorce case That is ridiculous. And then we have Marshall Grossman, the lawyer representing the club, saying that fans shouldn't be concerned that it could affect player payroll decisions...and that the Dodgers are a solid organization. Um, sorry Mr. Grossman, you're wrong. The Dodgers won't be a strong organization much longer...especially if one of the McCourts still owns the club. Peter O'Malley, please buy the team.

The 1962 Dodgers were in a regular-season playoff against the Giants, which they lost and is why they finished one game behind.

Marchman is judging Neddie harshly because he overspent on Andruw Jones and Juan Pierre.

But Colletti gets no credit for the season changing, zero-cost trade for Money Ramirez in '08. During that division winning run, Casey Blake was also a plus, but Marchman disses that acquisition, too.

Building a solid pitching staff was given zero credit, yet nearly every deal Ned made was solid, including Wolf's contract containing incentives for innings pitched. Padilla looked like another head case at the time he was being cast away by Texas, but he performed.

To his credit Marchman makes numerous disclaimers about the accuracy of his GM rankings, but in Our Neddie's case, he's just way off the mark.

Angels fans should also be miffed at their GM's rating.

what a sad, pathetic organization ....

The 1953 Dodgers have always been compared to the 1927 Yankees, they at one time, would've been the greatest if they would've won the world series, so it's been said.
I personally think, that Dodgers had the best team from 195o-1956, they just had trouble winning the big ones.
What the heck do they want Braden Looper for?


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