For the record, I hate people who say “I told you so” but on February 18, 2013, I wrote a column called Anybody Can Overpay. In that column, I wrote:
At a time when most Dodger fans are overjoyed and elated at the Dodgers’ prospects, I find myself very underwhelmed, even sad.
By all accounts the Dodgers are in excellent financial shape. A huge TV contract will soon be a reality and the team has spent like no other team in the history of the game. Unlike some of you, I never admired the Yankees. To me, they were the poster child of what is wrong with the pay disparity in baseball and I don’t feel any different about the Dodgers. I cannot admire management that overpays so grossly for players like Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett. In business, throwing money at a problem rarely solves it. Frequently, it exacerbates it!
For the record, I am not trying to tell you how to feel – I am just telling you how I feel and I am somewhat embarrassed by the Dodgers unapologetic spending. If it buys them a World Series this year, I think I’ll be able to overcome how I feel, but anything less and the Dodgers will be the Laughingstock of Baseball and as a fan, I do not relish that! I don’t like bullies – I’ve spent most of my life standing up to them and now it feels like the Dodgers are that bully. I dislike the feeling that a spoiled-brat rich kid can buy anything he wants… and we all know that things for those spoiled brats don’t usually end up well.
Having more money that anyone in baseball brought the Dodgers Crawford, Gonzo, Beckett, Ramirez, Puig, Greinke, Ryu, League and others. There are snickers behind the scenes that the Dodgers just overpaid to make some moves. Ask any team in baseball if they would want any of those contacts and I think you would have a hard time getting anyone to take ANY of those players for free except for Gonzalez, IF THEY HAD TO ASSUME THEIR CONTRACTS. The Dodgers were forced to take or give contracts no one else would.
Maybe the end will justify the means – a World Series Championship would shut everyone up. Any thing less and the Dodgers might really be the Laughingstocks, I fear.
For the record, it’s worse than I thought. Dodgers are dropping like flies (Hanley and A-Gon being the latest). This band of mercenaries is falling apart. Some of that blame has to go to Stan Conte and Company, whose record in LA starting with Jason Schmidt is deplorable. I was never on board with throwing money at something… even as a bridge. It’s bad business and bad ju-ju. It’s not the Dodger way and the Big Dodger in the Sky is really pissed.
To compound things, the team that fleeced the Dodgers (I said “FLEECED”) is in first place with a 20-9 record after unloading a quarter million dollars of contracts upon the morons who run the Dodgers. Those morons knew most of you fans would buy in, but am I the only one who knew better? Or did you really know (down deep) and didn’t want to admit it? I’m not that much smarter than you, am I?
Boston is talking World Series and being buyers at the trade deadline and still have Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa. They swindled Ned and Stan – at least that’s how it appears now. Don’t tell me the Dodgers did this to “bridge the gap” until they built the farm back up. Boston didn’t ! The Dodgers have some big problems:
- Stan Conte and Ned Colletti have to change their thinking or change jobs. They were dead-wrong in thinking they could spend their way out. Don’t forget that a Dodger team with a payroll less than half of this years team, got off to a 30-17 start last year.
- Don Mattingley was not re-signed by Conte and Ned – they did know he wasn’t the answer. It’s time to make a move.
- Go out and get the best and most respected athletic trainer like NOW!
- You can’t fire the players, but you can make changes – change it up – NOW!
Of course, as Eric Karros used to say: “It’s Early!”
While I am not a big fan of Dee Gordon anymore, I think it is time for him, SVS, Fed-Ex and Puig.