Bill Shaikin of The LA Times has an interview with Dennis Mannion, the Dodgers President & Big Kahuna. While I am not one to believe everything I read, I believe most (maybe all) of what he said. Here’s one quote I found interesting:
“Our baseball and business decisions have not been impacted by the proceedings. Neither [General Manager] Ned [Colletti] nor I have been asked by anyone to limit long-term liabilities.”
Here’s what wasn’t said: “We have a budget, and like most other businesses, we cannot go over that budget. PERIOD! Within that budget, we are free to do whatever we think makes sense, but we cannot exceed it.”
I may have a different point of view on this than some people, because in business I am used to operating within the confines of a budget. So while I wish the Dodgers would spend $150 mil on payroll, I believe that $100 mil is the cap this year and the Dodgers really cannot spend until they deal with the arbitration cases or re-sign them long-term. That, I believe, is the long and short of it!
Then, there was this exchange at the end:
Is there anything other than action in your mind that is going to be able to convince fans that this organization is not limited by severe cost controls, given all the things we’ve talked about?
I think actions are the only way to speak to it.
Are you convinced you’ll be able to show enough action soon?
I would hope so.
Here’s the deal – according to the article, the Dodgers didn’t make money last year. They just about “broke even.” I think the economy played more of a role than “the divorce.” As the economy rebounds and the Dodgers generate more revenue, you will see a higher payroll. Just my opinion…
I still foresee a VERY BRIGHT year in 2010 for the Dodgers. A lot of good things have to happen, be we probably have the best outfield in baseball. It’s possible that we could see 100 HR from the trio of Manny, Matt and Andre. We have lots of young arms and they will be given every opportunity to “seize the day.” We have players like Xavier Paul, Chin-lung Hu, Scott Elbert, AJ Ellis, Ronald Belisario, Ramnon Troncoso, Corey Wade, Jason Repko, Josh Lindblom and many others who will be given opportunities to step up.
You can see the glass as half-empty - I see it as “half-full”… and filling…