Wednesday Notes: Guber, Tweeting, and Nieve, Oh My

Ethier warms up, via Jon SooHoo's http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/

Much to discuss on this wonderful Wednesday…

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We’ve had a lot of great discussion in the comments over the last few days about the ownership process, as you’d expect, and one of the main topics has been whether the Magic Johnson group really has the funding to compete with Steven Cohen. Despite submitting an initial bid approximately $200m higher than Cohen’s, the Johnson group bid did not have nearly the amount of immediate equity that Cohen’s did. (As I’ve mentioned, while we all hate to hear the word “debt” associated with any of this after Frank McCourt, it’s simply not reasonable to expect someone to have $1.5 billion in a check simply ready to hand over. No one buys a house without some sort of mortgage or bank load; this is just a really, really, really expensive house. That said, MLB does need to make sure that whomever purchases the club has the right ratio of debt, which is in large part what brought down McCourt. Well, that and the fact that he’s a greedy scumbag.)

There’s a new angle to that conversation today, because Bill Shaikin tells us that the Johnson group has signed on some additional financial muscle:

Peter Guber, the co-owner of the Golden State Warriors and a veteran Hollywood executive, has joined the Dodgers bid group led by Magic Johnson.

Guber would be a minority investor in the group. Johnson is an investor in the Dayton Dragons, one of several minor league baseball franchises owned and operated by Guber’s Mandalay Sports. The Dragons have sold out 844 consecutive games, an ongoing record for a North American professional sports franchise.

Guber and Johnson also have been partners in the entertainment business. When he was chief executive at Sony Entertainment, Guber helped Johnson launch his chain of movie theaters.

While I can’t say I’d heard of Guber before (though he apparently has tried to buy into the Dodgers, Athletics, Ducks, and Sharks previously), I do like the fact that he and Johnson have worked together successfully in the past; there’s always something awkward in these processes about seeing two (or more) immensely wealthy people thrown together to try to create a working relationship. Mandalay Sports & Entertainment actually owns or operates several minor-league clubs aside from the Dragons, and he’s very active on Twitter, which is nice; on the other hand, he is listed as a producer for the execrable “Caddyshack II”, which should be enough to get him sentenced to a Ukrainian labor camp right next to McCourt. At least, it would if that was a movie that actually existed, which, around these parts at least, IT DOES NOT.

So while adding Guber still isn’t going to allow them to match Cohen dollar-for-dollar, it’s another powerful player. (And while we’re talking about Johnson, here’s a good Q&A session with Stan Kasten from when he took over the Nationals in 2006; thanks to Chase for the link.)

Still, I can’t help but wondering: where is Patrick Soon-Shiong?

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MLB has released details on its new social media policy, and it’s surprisingly progressive. The Dodgers have noted tweeters in Matt Kemp & Dee Gordon, among others, so any crackdown could affect this club more than most. (Here I’ll note that when the new site goes up in about two weeks or so, one of the features will be a full Twitter database of Dodger teams, players & media. By my count, there’s 31 (33!) players that I know of throughout the organization who are on Twitter. I follow 30 (32!) of them. Bet you can guess who the outlier is.)

Craig Calcaterra at NBC’s Hardball Talk has more, including this snippet from the policy itself.

While having a Social Media policy is important to protecting the interests of everyone involved in promoting the game, we hope that you will not view this policy as a blanket deterrent to engaging in social media. MLB recognizes the importance of social media as an important way for players to communicate directly with fans. We encourage you to connect with fans through Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms. Along with MLB’s extensive social media activities, we hope that your efforts on social media will help bring fans closer to the game and have them engaged with baseball, your club and you in a meaningful way.

In this litigious era, where public figures say stupid things (and occasionally ruin lives) on social media every day, it’s really good to see the often-stodgy league realize the value of social media and actually encourage their players to use it. Responsibly, of course.

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Another name for the back of the bullpen? We’ve kind of been operating under the assumption that if Josh Lindblom didn’t come away with that last spot, Jamey Wright or John Grabow would. Ken Gurnick throws Fernando Nieve into the mix, suggesting that his 2 2/3 scoreless innings on Tuesday (and his total of 5 1/3 one-run innings) makes him a name to watch. I remember vaguely liking Nieve when he was on the Astros and Mets before spending last year in Korea, though now that I look at his stat line, I cannot for the life of me recall why. Still, we’re talking about him here not because one nice outing in spring should have any impact on a position battle, but so I can use this absolutely money quote that Gurnick pulled from Don Mattingly:

“Nieve is a little more of a power guy out of the ‘pen. He reminds me of Ramon Ortiz,” said manager Don Mattingly. “His stuff is good and he’s durable. That’s what we need in that role.”

Another Ramon Ortiz? I don’t think that’s what anyone needs.

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Here’s the lineup for tonight’s game with Clayton Kershaw on the hill against a split-squad Cincinnati club. Sadly, the game will not be televised. Then again, take a look at the lineup that’s being sent out there, and maybe that’s not such a bad thing…

Tony Gwynn (CF),  Mark Ellis (2B),  Adam Kennedy (1B), Jerry Sands (RF), Trent Oeltjen (LF), Juan Uribe (3B), Matt Wallach (DH), A.J. Ellis (C), Justin Sellers (SS).

So that’s what life without Kemp, Gordon, Andre Ethier, James Loney, and Juan Rivera looks like!

39 comments
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Bob Springer
Bob Springer

So much for Reds pitchers making the team against that lineup.

Alex
Alex

With all these washed up vets getting time on the mound why haven't we seen more of Tolleson? I also can't seem to figure out why Ned didn't give Kuo a contract to see what he has left. The deal he took in Seattle is for pennies. I don't understand what it would have hurt having him compete for that last spot in the pen. I mean, would you rather him or Grabow? Its not even close. And why was Cole St. Clair not invited to taste big league camp? I have high hopes for him.

Omer
Omer

If LaRussa becomes GM, then he can probably get the team better discounts on PEDs.

Kip
Kip

"While I can’t say I’d heard of Guber before..." Really? Maybe it's because you live on the other coast (or are under 30, or both). Peter Guber is a very accomplished producer. He was the former studio chief at Columbia Pictures and Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures. He produced "Rain Main," "The Color Purple," and "Midnight Express," among many others. He founded Casablanca records in the 1970s. He's a pretty well known fellow in Los Angeles. Ask Mr. Wiseman.

Real Tom
Real Tom

LaRussa running the Dodgers just might be worse than Torre. What in the world?! Now I REALLY don't want Cohen.

Bip
Bip

Maybe I just have a dumb right now, but which is the Dodger you don't follow?

Jeff M.
Jeff M.

A "Ukrainian labor camp?" Ukraine is beautiful, I suspect you're thinking of Siberia!

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a

While the Dodger's line-up with only Ellis, Ellis, and Uribe of the expected season starters managed to score against only 2 of the 6 Reds pitchers, they did score 9 runs as everyone knows by now.

Rob C
Rob C

Hey Mike, if Fernando Nieve makes the team and does as well as Ramon Ortiz, do you think you could pay him the highest honour and replicate the classic Ramon Ortiz baseball card you made as per the 2010 end of year recap? That would be awesome...

Joe
Joe

USA Today is reporting that if Cohen gets the Dodgers, Tony La Russa will be named team president. Maybe we should keep McCourt ...

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler

Guess I should have checked my source on that. My apologies. Got the DM from Dickson, too. Was kinda funny.

Shane
Shane

Have we even ascertained what Stevie Cohen's interest in the the Dodgers really is?

WBB
WBB

Actually, the Gnats gneed Ramon Ortiz, and they've got him.

Jon#7#22
Jon#7#22

The question for Mattingly is what year Ramon Ortiz does he remind you of?

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler

Found a couple of more Dodgers on Twitter in the last couple days: Alex Castellanos (AlexCastellanosLA) and Michael Antonini (MikeAntonini). Not sure if you had them or not. Actually, Castellanos followed me and I didn't even know he had an account. Not sure how that happened, but I'll take it.

jWerthfan
jWerthfan

Wouldn't you love to be a Cincinnati pitcher looking to make the roster today?

Mike
Mike

You're tedious sometimes.

Mike
Mike

I get the feeling St. Clair isn't nearly as highly thought-of inside the game as we think, since he was left off the 40-man roster this winter and was not selected by anyone.

Omer
Omer

excuse me, team president.

Benjamin Villarreal Camacho
Benjamin Villarreal Camacho

why does anyone care about a producer? why should anyone who loves baseball know about a producer? Sometimes Dodgers fans annoy me.

Mike
Mike

Blake Hawksworth.

Jon#7#22
Jon#7#22

Yikes. Not as bad as Mc Court for sure but definitely makes Cohen seem less desirable than before.

Joe
Joe

Total speculation, but I believe Cohen could end up withdrawing from the process so he can buy the Mets. Everyone knows that's the team he really wants.

Mike
Mike

Nicely done, I did not know about those. I will add - thanks. I thought I was all cool yesterday because O'Koyea Dickson sent me a DM... and then it turns out he was just hacked.

Joe
Joe

Mike - You should have said: "Your tedious sometimes." That would have made his head explode.

Juan Pierre
Juan Pierre

And a discount on a good DUI lawyer!

Dave Pomerantz
Dave Pomerantz

There's a whole lot of Jesus and a little bit of gay hate in that there twitter feed. The former doesn't bother me, I usually let him know how I feel about the latter (though I doubt it does much good).

a
a

Do you honestly think the Mets will be for sale before April 1?

Mom
Mom

I still think you're cool :-)

Bob Springer
Bob Springer

What is the context in which they talk about it? I have a problem when people say that people hate gays when in fact what the people don't like is the behavior. They base that upon their faith and upon their understanding of the Bible. It does not mean that they hate homosexual people. I don't doubt that many do, but many things these guys say are taken out of context and made to show that they hate gays. The anti-gay and anti-Christian stuff cuts both ways.

Bip
Bip

Lol, I'd probably unfollow at the first sign of any bible talk. Ellis is the only player I've seen that to me is worth following despite the god stuff.

Mike
Mike

The former bothers me only in the percentage. I know guys like Kemp and AJ Ellis and others are religious, and they mention that on twitter sometimes, and that's fine. Hawksworth's feed was almost nothing but scripture quotes, and that gets old real quick. (Josh Lindblom is pretty close to unfollow status because of that as well.) As you mentioned though, it was the anti-gay stuff that finally made me cut him off.

Joe
Joe

Yes, I honestly expect the Mets will be for sale during the 2012 season. If Wilpon loses the trial in a couple weeks, his only real option is bankruptcy, just like McCourt. He'll have over $100 million in debt due in 2012 and then $400 million due in 2013.

a
a

do you honestly think the Mets will be for sale during the 2012 season?

Joe
Joe

No, but the closing of the Dodgers sale wouldn't be until *at least* April 30, and a lot of people expect it could drag out longer due to the complicated nature of the deal. (I know Frank owes Jamie money on April 30, but Blackstone undoubtedly would loan Frank the money just to keep the sale on track.)

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