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Dodgers' Ned Colletti gets vote of confidence from Frank McCourt

July 11, 2011 |  3:14 pm

Ned. The Dodgers are on pace to post consecutive losing seasons for the first time since Frank McCourt bought the team in 2004, but the embattled owner said Monday that he supports General Manager Ned Colletti.

The All-Star Game was abuzz with rumors that McCourt might soon fire Colletti and replace him with one of the Dodgers' assistant general managers, DeJon Watson or Logan White. However, in a statement, McCourt dismissed those rumors and extended a vote of confidence to Colletti.

"Any rumors about Ned being replaced are inaccurate, false and utterly unfounded," said the statement issued by Steve Sugerman, a spokesman for McCourt. "He has Frank's support."

Colletti is in his sixth season as the Dodgers' general manager. The Dodgers made the playoffs three times in his first five seasons, including back-to-back appearances in the National League Championship Series in 2008-09.

Colletti's contract expires after next season, although the contract could be extended if option years are exercised.


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Photo: General Manager Ned Colletti. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times