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Franchise takes home honor for unprecedented sixth time

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers have been named the recipient of the 45th Annual Topps Organization of the Year Award, it was announced today. This marks a record-setting sixth time the franchise has earned such honors and the first time since 1997.

“We’re very honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti. “It is evidence that our scouting and player development staffs are making progress. The hard work of Logan White and his staff and De Jon Watson and his staff are being recognized and we’re very appreciative to Topps and those in our organization responsible for this honor.”

The Organization of the Year award dates back to 1966 and highlights the Major League team that has shown outstanding performance, depth and talent throughout their Major and Minor League teams. The award is presented annually based on the number of players in the organization that have received Topps awards during the season.

Points are awarded in four different minor league categories including: All-Star players, Players of the Month, Trautman Award recipients, awarded to each league’s Minor League Player of the Year, and The J.G Taylor Spink Award recipient, awarded to the overall Minor League Player of the Year. Points are also awarded for those players selected for Topps’ Major League Rookie All-Star team.

The Dodgers’ individual winners included: Nick Akins (Player of the Month – Arizona Lg.); Brian Cavazos-Galvez (Player of the Month – Midwest Lg.); Leon Landry (Player of the Month – Pioneer Lg.); Jake Lemmerman (Class A All-Star/Trautman Award – Pioneer Lg.); John Lindsey (Class AAA All-Star/Player of the Month – Pacific Coast Lg.); Russell Mitchell (Class AAA All-Star); Elisaul Pimentel (Player of the Month – Midwest Lg.); Kyle Russell (Player of the Month – California Lg.); Jerry Sands (Player of the Month – Midwest Lg.)

Last season, the Dodgers’ Single-A Great Lakes Loons and Rookie-advanced Ogden Raptors reached the postseason with both teams setting franchise records for wins. The Loons’ 90-49 record was the best mark in Minor League Baseball and the Raptors reached the league final after finishing the regular season with a 44-31 mark.

Over the past seven seasons, the Dodgers have reached the postseason four times, joining the Phillies and Cardinals as the only National League organizations to accomplish that feat. Since Colletti took over the reins of baseball operations in 2006, the team has posted a .530 winning percentage (429-381), the second-best mark in the National League.

Los Angeles previously earned Organization of the Year honors from Topps in 1967, 1970, 1981, 1990 and 1997.

The Milwaukee Brewers and New York Yankees have won the trophy five times while Oakland, Baltimore, Montreal and the New York Mets are three-time winners. The Angels, Royals and Padres are two-time winners of this award, while the 2009 winner was the San Francisco Giants.

The above is a press release from the Dodgers.  Below is a statement from me:

I’m sure many of you will be like Steve Dilbeck of the Dodgers and say that Topps doesn’t have a clue.  I expected it from that mental midget anyway!  Have at it!

About Mark Timmons

When you see the invisible, you can do the impossible!


  1. Ken says:


    Even if the Dodgers are part of Frank’s seperate property then some unknown percent of the increase in value after acqusition of the property is part of Jamie’s property rights. Only when the business value is based significantly upon the personal goodwill and reputation of the business owner (CPA, Dr., Attorney, Dentist, etc.) does this allocation formula end at the date of seperation. When the business value increases based upon the business naturally growing, real estate or the services of both spouses (Hint Hint Hint from Judge Gordon) then the allocation of the increase in value continues until the trial is over. Thus Frank wants to settle and Jamie wants to drag this trial out until the Cable deal is done.

    Why should Jamie settle if Frank is paying the mortgages and she continues to receive large alimony checks and the Attorneys just put statutory liens on the real estate? When Frank pays these mortgages then the equity subject to the attorney liens increases. LOL!

    I still say that there is a disconnect between scouting, drafting, player development, and managing. Something is not right. All of these departments can not be superior when you look at the performance of the players moving from the minors to the majors over the last 3 years and the projected player movement over the next 2 years. How many Dodgers are out of options and still are not good enough to make the MLB team this spring? Maybe 4-6?? Sonething is just not right.

  2. Mark Timmons says:


    I agree with the fact that Jamie gets the “appreciated” value… UP until the divorce was final. I believe that any appreciation AFTER that does not belong to her.

    Organizations have ebbs and flows. The Dodgers had a big wave of prospects become major leaguers. There are causalities along the way. Few minor leaguers make it. We will see the next wave starting NEXT year.

    The organizational structure is still among the best in baseball. I’m not saying it’s the best, but TOPPS did!

    • Ken says:

      Calif Family Code Section 2552

      a) For the purpose of division of the community estate upon
      dissolution of marriage or legal separation of the parties, except as provided in subdivision (b), the court shall value the assets and liabilities as near as practicable to the time of trial.
      (b) Upon 30 days’ notice by the moving party to the other party, the court for good cause shown may value all or any portion of the assets and liabilities at a date after separation and before trial to accomplish an equal division of the community estate of the parties in an equitable manner.

      If the business is a professional practice, then the value is as of the date of seperation because all of the value is based upon services performed by the spouse and your time is a community property assets. (Your spouse owns your time in California) However, when the business is not a professional practice then the value is as of the date of trial. (The trial regarding the assets not the marriage. California is a no-fault state and there is no trial regarding divorce, just over custody, support, and asset allocations.) When the case is bifurcated, and the divorce is granted prior to the marital assets being allocated, the value of the business, that is not attributable to the personal efforts of the “In Spouse”, continues to inure to the benefit of both spouses including the “Out Spouse”, in the case of Jamie.

      If part of the value of the Dodgers belongs to Jamie then that value is determined at the date that the property is awarded to the specific parties and the date that the property is then exchanged for a note, i.e. the date that Frank is ordered to pay Jamie in cash or via a note. Frank then owns all of the Dodgers and if he can not afford to pay Jamie then he would be forced to sell part of the Dodgers to pay off the note to Jamie.

      After further thoughts I will reduce my estimate of how much Jamie will received to 25% of the increase in value of the Dodgers over the last 6 years.

  3. Ken says:

    Now that the Dodgers have 40 players I have a new Christmas wish:

    Trade Broxton for a 20 year old can’t miss OF prospect at High A or AA ready to join the Dodgers in not more than 2 years.

    Sign Beltre

    Let Blake and Gibbons platoon in LF and let Junior play LF in the 8th and 9th innings.

  4. Badger says:

    Plaschke is a hack (National Sports Columnist of the Year by the Associated Press four times) and Dilbeck is a “mental midget” but Mark Timmons knows all.

    I have said from the first day I read about this divorce that I had no idea how it would all shake out but that it was going to be bad news for the Dodgers. From the NLCS to 4th place in our division? I have said since the day McCourt took ownership that there was something about that deal, and HIM, that didn’t sit well with me. He has been, and is, living on borrowed money, and he will paying his ex-wife with same. He does not belong in the owners box.

    I still don’t know how this divorce will settle out, but isn’t it obvious the Dodgers are far from “Organization of the Year”? Give me an f’n break. 4th place? Horsesh*t trades, one after the other? And take a close look at those names up there and tell me how many of them are going to be All Stars with the big club any time soon – or at all for that matter. The AAA players mentioned there – Russ Mitchell is going to be 26 and John Lindsey is 33. The rest of those guys are all A Leaguers. And the big club? Yeah, all of them had great years didn’t they.

    Mark, you can continue to insult those of us who do not agree with you, but I stand waiting to proven wrong. Frank McCourt is bad news, and I join those that will not be sending any money his way.

  5. Bobby says:

    minor leagues shminor leagues.

    the real organization of the year just traded for adrian gonzales and signed carl crawford, 2 STUDS, within the past week.

    the fake organization of the year signed tony gwynn jr and dioner navarro within the past week

  6. Ken says:

    The good news is that Boston has an excess OF and a shortage of relief pitchers. Broxton for an outfielder.

    The bad news is LAA now will win a bidding war against the Dodgers to get Beltre, so forgetaboutit.

  7. Bobby says:

    good idea ken, but i’m afraid the OF we’ll get back will be jd drew

    HOWEVER, i still have faith the organization of the year is going get us prince fielder

  8. Jaydavis says:

    Don’t forget Beltre too.

  9. Ken says:

    Steve Garvey LOL. The second coming of Frank McCourt. Steve has tried very hard to prevent the truth about him from being exposed. I would rather have Soros buy the Dodgers.

  10. Dodger Dude says:

    If Soris bought them he’d liquidate the parts and sell the land

  11. lawdog says:

    Organization of the year??? Are you kiddin’ me???? Organization of the year???

    The folks over at Topps must be smokin’ way too much of that whacky tabaccky. :shock:

  12. Ken says:

    Garland + Padilla + Elbert for Greinke?

  13. Bill Russell says:

    I would love Greinke , however
    Why would KC want Garland and Padilla? According to the reports I’ve read, the MLB network guys and KC ownership, KC wants to get players that will be ready in 2012 or 2013. That’s KC’s projection for their current players coming thur their system.

    If we could get Greinke without giving up Bills, we would have a very good rotation.

  14. lawdog says:

    The truth about Garvey? Say what? I thought I knew all the dirt on him. All I remember is the fight he had with Don Sutton when he found out his wife was involved with him. What other dirt do you have on him Ken? Inquiring minds want to know.

  15. Badger says:

    If Greinke is on the market, the Royals will listen to all offers, and there will be many. The Dodgers rotation is set, any “offers” will be lip service to help sell more tickets to the kool-aid drinkers.

    Organization of the Year. I am still laughing about that one. As the great teams stay great, and the Red Sox, White Sox and whatever contender who signs Lee get better, the Dodgers get guys like Gibbons, Gwynn and Navarro. We will likely keep going with the Brian Giles, Garret Anderson, Russ and Ramon Ortiz, Theriots and Octavio Dotels that remain on the board, throw them all in the ST mix and see what shakes out on Opening Day.

    I think this current roster certainly has the potential to be better than the sub .500 club of last year. That is about all I can say about it. This organization is not in the same league with the Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies… and about half of MLB really. I wonder where the Power Rankings have us right now? We can compete if Loney, Kemp and Ethier decide they want to, but if they don’t rebound, it will be another 4th place finish.

    And for the record, I would take a Garvey coalition over McCourt in a heartbeat. Garvey had some embarrassing off field encounters… big deal. He knows baseball and if given the chance, would probably turn this thing around.

  16. Roger Dodger says:

    There are 3 main levels of major league baseball teams (this is my workup / concept); and maybe each level has more levels, but for now, 3 basic levels.

    A Level, B Level, and C Level.

    The A Level are teams like the Red Sox, Yankees, Phillies — teams that have needs and can usually fix the needs. They have deeper contracts, but some how, get the bills paid and from time to time win it all, but are at least in the hunt every single year.

    The B Level are that that cannot get to the “A” level but they and their fans like to think they can do it. They are farther back with the dollars, but if everything goes right, they can hang around at the final parties and drink the drink from time to time. Teams of late here would be Cardinals, White Sox, Dodgers, Rockies

    Finally, the C Level teams are those clubs that usually have lower dollars to spend and when they do develop some key players in their system — are forced to trade them away. In many ways, these are major league teams that are really AAA teams. Pirates, A’s, Marlins, Indians, Nationals, Royals.

    Last season, a figure I see for the Yankees is $202 million. For the Pirates is $48 million. What a difference.

    As long as McCourt is the owner of the Dodgers, the Dodgers will be in the B- level. And that might be ranking them too high.

  17. Roger Dodger says:

    This morning on Morning Joe (MSNBC) they were talking about the Red Sox and signing of Crawford.

    One on the staff said, when you look at the Yankees today, their entire infield will be in the Hall of Fame one day. Probably right.

    Look at the Dodger infield, probably none.

  18. Badger says:

    I think if you carry an MLB Players Card, you get into the HOF for free. So, even Casey Blake can get in.

    Your analysis is a good one Roger. If profit sharing was actually used for players it could be different. But it isn’t, and won’t ever be. Profit sharing is used to pay some bills, probably for things like $1500 haircuts and $5,000 a night hotels.

    MLB needs to come out of the stone age and do what all the other sports have done – salary cap. It’s the only way. But, the union is just too damn powerful to allow anything like that to happen.

    B team. Yeah, maybe even a B- or C+. I think the Power Rankings will have us right in the middle of the pack.

  19. Badger says:

    “Getting players in their primes or in the early parts of their primes I think is very important,” Epstein said. “If you’re going to sign a long-term contract, you want to make sure it starts at the right age and hopefully ends still at a reasonable age. Most elite position players sign through age 36. So if you can get a player signed just through 35, I know it sounds silly, but that might be a small victory in and of itself, capturing more of a player’s prime years.”

    Well duh.

    But, just to be safe, maybe someone should tell Jed about this strategy.

  20. lawdog says:

    Hell Badger. Even I can get into the HOF if I pay the price of admission. (And no, that’s not a lot of hard work and dedication to developing into an excellent ballplayer in my next life. That’s just slipping a sawbuck or two to the gatekeeper at the entrance hall after parking in the lot outside.) :mrgreen:

  21. lawdog says:

    So Roger, are the Giants a B+ team? I figure our Dogs won’t rise above C+ until McGoo and his dragon lady are tarred, feathered and ridden out of town on rails.

  22. Ken says:

    LD I saw several local tv shows over the past decade detailing Garvey and his severe money problems including constant lying to people about who he owed money to and how much. The people that he owed were very pissed. They called him a con artist.

    Just remember not all liars are adulterers but all adulterers are liars.

  23. Ken says:

    Badger – Do a little research regarding Garvey and you will not want him either.

  24. Badger says:

    Didn’t you hear Ken, Steve Garvey got bail out money and is now doing fine. He leads an “investment group” trying to buy the Dodgers. As long as they aren’t borrowing the money to do it, as far as I am concerned, bring Steve and his investment group in and send the Frankenjamie Freak Show on the road.

    And, I also like your Soros idea. In fact, there are dozens of ownership candidates that would be better than the boobs we have now.


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