White Staying. Two Leaving. What’s The Connection?
Mark Weidemaier, a special assistant to general manager Ned Colletti, and Tim Hallgren, who has had the title of scouting director since 2007, are leaving the Dodgers. Weidemaier is a longtime advance scout and is believed to be seeking a similar job elsewhere. Hallgren has talked to the the Detroit Tigers about a crosschecking job, according to baseball sources. The Dodgers would not comment on either report. Weidemaier has been with the Dodgers for 12 seasons and has also worked for the White Sox, Indians, Yankees, Angels and Royals in scouting and player development roles. Although Hallgren was promoted in title to scouting director when Logan White was promoted to assistant general manager three years ago, White remained in charge of the Dodgers’ Draft, as he’s been since 2002. Hallgren came to the Dodgers in 2002 after 17 years with the Texas Rangers.
I think Weidemaier is now employed by the D-Backs and Hallgren by the Tigers.
I know that most of you yawn when you see stuff like this. Some people probably think this is just a cost-cutting move by the Dodgers, but these guys didn’t make that much money for it to be significant. The Dodgers could cut more costs in other areas. For example, if they did what other teams do and just use their spring training facilities for “spring training” only, they could probably save $6 or $7 million dollars a year. I have seen those facilities and I know what it costs to run that kind of operation with a number of employees, utilities, maintenance and the like. The Dodgers are very heavy with staff in Arizona and Los Angeles, as well as throughout the minor-league system.
For the record, when I said that the Rats Were Abandoning Ship, THAT WAS A JOKE! I hope you took it as such.
With Weidemaier and Hallgren leaving, I am sure some will say it was a cost-cutting move, but I think it’s more likely that when Logan White re-signed for two more years, he asked for more control. After all, too many cooks can spoil the stew. Tim Hallgren, who is a good baseball man, had the title of Scouting Director, but Logan White was really in charge even though these guys had input too. Weidemaier was respected by his peers and was frequently an advance scout for the Dodgers, and I don’t want to paint them as bad guys, but I think that Logan felt that he will be judged these guys accomplishments as well, so he just advised them look for employment elsewhere. I think they weren’t “his guys.”
I have personally felt that the Dodgers advance scouting has been deplorable for quite some time. Logan should be able to put whoever he wants in there. Don’t forget that the Dodgers still have the following persons in the Front Office: De Jon Watson, Maury Wills, Jose Vizcaino, Aaron Sele, Mark Sweeney, Rick Ragazzo, Bill Mueller, Vance Lovelace, Toney Howell, Lee Elia, and Ken Bracey. Are any good advance scouts? I don’t know, but I would think that losing Hallgren and Weidemaier may be a blessing. Let’s see what Logan does.
I may be totally wrong about this, but you should consider the possibility of the above scenario.
Nothing is so constant as change.
Logan White is more powerful than ever. Let’s see what that means for the Dodgers…
RANTS & RAVES
Ken said it and I agree. ”These Texas Rangers feel like the 1988 Dodgers.” But, make no mistake, this team was made and playing out of their rears long before the ownership change. They simply were focused on winning and not ownership issues. So, blaming the Dodgers losing season on the divorce mess is a cop-out. The Rangers didn’t cop-out. The leadership of Ron Washington is very under-estimated! Joe Torre may have been a good leader of men at one time, but 2010 wasn’t the time.