Dodgers President… Tony La Russa?

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/nl/dodgers/story/2012-03-14/dodgers-owners-sale/53538100/1

This article states that Steve Cohen is the strongest bidder and plans to hire La Russa.  What do you think of that?  I don’t know if being a manager qualifies one to run the entire organization but La Russa has a law degree and certainly has a winning record on the field.  I don’t know how a PR guy becomes president of a team either (Derrick Hall, Dbacks) so maybe La Russa is not that bad of a choice.

As usual, there are a lot of non-roster invitees in camp.  Which one(s) do you think have a chance to stick?  Some folks think highly of Josh Fields.  I never heard of him before he was invited to camp.  If Uribe continues to suck, maybe Fields will get his chance at the hot corner.

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54 Responses to Dodgers President… Tony La Russa?

  1. trublu4ever says:

    I think the final choice will come down to the Cohen & Magic Johnson’s group. I think either one would be fine with me. Just the thought of Frank being gone, puts a smile on my face.

  2. crash24now says:

    I prefer LaRussa over Torre.

    Josh Fields will get his chance sooner or later. Either he makes the 25 man roster out of ST, or he comes up when Uribe goes on the DL.

  3. koufax1963 says:

    The new owner should surround himself with knowledgeable baseball people. I have no problem with LaRussa, a proven winner for many years (although he should have had more WS rings with that Oakland team he managed). If Ned is still GM in May that will show the Baseball IQ of the new owner. If Larry king likes Cohen, I am Ok, I am sure larry picked cohen’s brain of what he wants to do with the Dodgers. Don’t we all wish we could interview the new owner?

  4. lbirken says:

    Koufax, I agree with you and yes, it might be nice to know more about the potential owners. I still have doubts about how new ownership will pan out given the amount of money it will cost and the pressure to make dramatic changes quickly. If it were me, and thankfully it isn’t, I am not so sure I would make a lot of changes right away. Assuming the timetable we all have seen is met, the Dodgers will be into the season about a month. There has to be some transition time. I would expect changes eventually but not all at once. I have no objection to La Russa or anyone else as long as they can make a positive contribution towards getting the Dodgers back to a credible, respectable and winning organization it once was.

  5. crash24now says:

    The big change that the new owner needs to make is to make sure that Ned is no longer the GM when the July 31st trading deadline is approaching.

  6. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I’m looking forward to the change of ownership. I have no favorites at this time. I just want an owner who has the money to spent. None of this blaming on the economy while the Yankees and Red Sox, to name a couple, go out and get the best players. I also think money will make it easier for management to make the proper deals and transactions,.

  7. enchantedbeaver says:

    Now that Uribe’s “hitting” .077 in ST, I’m feeling a song coming on…

  8. nellyjune says:

    JP is actually doing pretty good over in Philly’s camp so far. So, Uribe ain’t doing squat compared to JP right now. I know…… I know…… for me to say that is a biggie – LOL!!!

  9. sparkleplenty1 says:

    And here we thought that Neddie broke the mold after Andruw Jones . . . tsk, tsk, tsk!

  10. trublu4ever says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to my wonderful OTD friends….enjoy!

  11. grizzy says:

    JP was not ideal. Weak arm, poor on base percentage. But he was always out there working and it rubbed off on some of the young players we had at the time. I don’t look at the time he spent in
    LA as bad.

  12. messagebear says:

    Sorry to say that Sands doesn’t seem like he can ever close the deal. Another perpetual minor leaguer?

  13. nellyjune says:

    It’s the Dodgers’ turn on MLBtv’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days.” Larry Bowa was quoted in saying Clayton Kerhsaw is going to have back to back Cy Young awards. In addition to that, they have pretty much said everything we have said……..Andre and James need to get it done this year, Matt needs to keep up what he is capable of doing, and the pitchers need to be solid and eat up innings, even though they think we have a pretty solid bullpen. They have interviewed pretty much all the major players………Matt, Clayton, Andre, James, Ted Lilly, and Billz. Capuano went through a standard pitchers workout, Dee Gordon was wired with a mike during a warm-up session, and Javy got the job of giving the clubhouse tour. They are all looking good, and they all said the right things and were down right funny at times. End the end, they have us finishing last in our division. Hmmmm!! Not sure we are as bad as the Padres, but okay. And not one mention of our ownership issue, which I was actually okay with them focusing on the players and not the stuff off the field. Now Dodgers, go prove the so-called experts wrong! Go Dodgers!!

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      All this team had last year was Kersh & Kemp and they finished 3rd. I don’t see where the other 4 teams have improved that drastically to where we’d finish last. 4th maybe, but not last.

  14. messagebear says:

    My thinking is that AZ and the Giants will finish ahead of us. AZ simply has a better organization regardless of which high power investor offers the highest bid for the Dodgers; the Giants just seem to have better assholes in their management structure than our assholes. With the Rockies I think it will be touch and go, so I’ll predict a 3rd or 4th place finish for us – pretty much as I projected last year. If the players really go out and outdo expectations, anything is possible. If the new owners get rid of Ned real early on, there’s always the possibility of improving the team around mid-season.

  15. crash24now says:

    Is it too early for a won-loss prediction? I’ll take 79-83.

  16. messagebear says:

    83-79 for me.
    I’d go 86-76 if Ned’s OUT OF THERE by June 1st.

  17. lbirken says:

    I find the references to JP interesting since during his entire time with the Dodgers a lot of venum was directed in his direction on ITD. Still, as I recall most of that criticism was not directed so much at him as at his signing. His “crime” was accepting a contract that was both too much in years and money for what he contributed. But at least the Dodgers received JP’s best effort every time he set foot on the field. He was ready to play. We know that was not the case with A. Jones. I don’t think it is fair to compare him to Jones in one respect: Uribe seems to care about his performance. Jones did not seem to care at all and as far as I am concerned, pretty much stole his pay. The one thing all three have in common is they were overpaid.

    • trublu4ever says:

      Ned does have the knack of over-paying mediocre players….I hope the first move the new owners make is….FIRE HIS ASS!

  18. lbirken says:

    When I said “him” I meant to say Uribe.

  19. trublu4ever says:

    I also want to wish a Happy Birthday to Kersh!

  20. trublu4ever says:

    Poor Kuo….Mariners released him. I guess his 13 ER….5 HR in 6 innings thrown wasn’t good enough.

  21. nellyjune says:

    I know this is a day late, but yesterday it wasn’t only Kersh’s birthday, it was Collie’s as well. Happy Birthday to both!!!
    .
    And I am being an optimist with 88 wins and at least a 2nd place finish. I don’t think the gnats are as special as everyone is thinking. Timmy isn’t that great anymore and Matt Cain is disgruntled over contract issues. Posey isn’t going to be ready for full time, and they just reported Freddy Sanchez isn’t doing so great in his recovery efforts either. So, that leaves the D-Backs and a healthy Dodger club at the top.

  22. trublu4ever says:

    Play ball! I think Billz will be the key to our success tthis year. We need him to be a good durable pitcher, One more note, Braun is injured and unable to play….geting off the drugs is a bitch!

  23. 32and53fan says:

    Mr. Unlucky… Ivan De Jesus has a torn oblique according to the MRI. Maybe he is just not meant to be a major leaguer.

    I hope Billingsley can step it up this year. He can be very good but needs more consistency.

  24. crash24now says:

    There might be some people here that will be interested in the following:

    Dre just hit another homerun! That’s 6 doubles, 2 triples, 2 homers, and 11/25 (BA .440).

  25. trublu4ever says:

    McDooDoo sucked last year and, so far, he is stinking up the place once again!

  26. oldbrooklynfan says:

    We need our core players Loney, Andre, Kemp, Bills, Kersh along with Lilly, Javy, Jansen & MacDougal, Yes MacDougal, to lead the way. And the rest will follow.

  27. koufax1963 says:

    Well the Dodgers web site is putting out some interesting things for the 50th anniversary of Dodger Stadium (random thought: should it be “Dodgers” stadium, as a plural, ah Grammar, help me school teachers to understand) Nice stuff about the history and events.
    of course theres a sidebar about naming rights of the stadium that McCrook wanted to explore, and now a new owner has the option to employ, yuck! It would be very difficult to go to Facebook stadium or the google arena to see my Dodgers play. need an owner with the mindset that understands the Dodger(s) history and fabric to the community. Not some corporate logo for additional money that people will see on the hollywood freeway.

  28. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I can see using “naming rights” to name a brand new stadium with a bank or corporate name, but I’m against renaming an old ballpark. I hope the new owner is rich enough not to have to do that.

  29. lbirken says:

    It is interesting with all the things McCourt wanted to do to increase revenue he resisted the naming rights issue. It is my hope new ownership will do the same.

  30. 32and53fan says:

    McCourt may have resisted stadium naming rights but he brought the Dodgers into the present corporate world of naming everything else that is not moving. We now have the New Era dugouts, the Bank of America dugout rails, the United Airlines Dodgers Club Suites and Suite concourse and the ConocoPhillips (Union 76) scoreboards (a legacy left by O’Malley since 1962 in his one acquiescence to advertising) among all of the other signage plastering the outfield walls and spinning around the electronic ribbon board circling the stadium. I will be surprised if the new owners do not take advantage of this revenue opportunity. Since Los Angeles is the porn movie capital of the world, we could very well see the emergence of the “Vivid Entertainment Ball(ing) Park”.

  31. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Yeah but, we still have DODGER Stadium.(LOL)

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