I try not to delve into the whole “administrative politics” game, particularly involving the divorce, partly because I prefer to focus more on actual baseball issues and partly because Josh Fisher and Molly Knight have that angle covered so well. That said, it’s hard for me to ignore this morning’s breaking news, which is that yet another high-ranking member of the non-baseball front office is leaving the club.
Owner Frank McCourt will resume overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Dodgers, as the club has severed ties with President Dennis Mannion.
The Dodgers issued a written statement Thursday night, saying McCourt would take “a more direct and active role” in managing the club. McCourt, who is in the midst of a costly divorce, had been working out of a Beverly Hills office for more than a year, leaving Mannion to run the team.
McCourt will go back to being the head of baseball operations. General Manger Ned Colletti, who reported to Mannion over the last year, will once again report directly to the owner.
Colletti regularly referred to Mannion as the man he reported to directly, with McCourt off dealing with the divorce. Does this mean McCourt is moving back into the stadium? I can’t imagine the impact that’s going to have on the pending case – and I’d also like to know if Mannion didn’t appreciate the seeming demotion, or if he was asked to leave for other reasons.
I’m trying not to read too far between the lines here, but these three (separate) lines from later in Hernandez’ story don’t help the implications:
No reasons for Mannion’s departure were provided.
Attempts to reach Mannion by telephone late Thursday night failed.
The Dodgers also cut ties with two administrative assistants, Kathryn Kuykendall and Debbie Levy.
So the upshot here is… well, it’s really impossible to say if Dennis Mannion did a good job or not. But what this does mean is that you now have A) another high-ranking official leaving under mysterious circumstances and B) more direct involvement from Frank McCourt. It’s hard to see either of those as good things.
Final results from the 2011 Payroll question: 22.85% of you think the payroll will be under $90m, beating out the 20.97% who said $95-$100m.