Dodger Thoughts

Jon Weisman's outlet for dealing psychologically with the Los Angeles Dodgers, baseball and life

Derrick and the ownership dominoes

Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall, the former Dodger executive recovering from prostate cancer, is the subject of a fantastic piece at Yahoo! Sports by Steve Henson. Parenthetically, as Steve Dilbeck of the Times notes, “several groups in the running to purchase the team from Frank McCourt have already approached Hall about becoming the Dodgers’ lead executive should they prove to have the winning bid.”

In another blog post, Dilbeck passes along this Ray McNulty interview for with Peter O’Malley, who reiterated that his direct involvement in Dodger operations, should he return as owner, probably would be a year or less. “Things need to be stabilized, and I’d have a role in that,” O’Malley said. “But beyond that, the key is to bring in good management people to run the day-to-day operation.”

O’Malley has investment support from South Korean conglomerate E-Land, according to Bill Shaikin of the Times.

Meanwhile, Jon Heyman writes at about the possibility of billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong pushing the Magic Johnson-fronted ownership group to the head of the pack.

  • Late bloomer Scott Van Slyke is the subject of a feature by Ken Gurnick at that gives you some development background on the first baseman-outfielder you might have missed.
  • Howard Megdal has an interesting comparison of Edwin Jackson and Jason Schmidt at MLB Trade Rumors.

    … The year was 2001. The Diamondbacks had just beaten the Yankees in the World Series. George Harrison died. Anthrax was in the air.

    But none of that stopped Jason Schmidt. The righty, about to enter his age-29 season, had put up an ERA+ of 107 while pitching for two teams. For his career, his ERA+ stood at 99, with career walk rate of 3.8 per nine innings and a strikeout rate of 6.9 per nine innings. He was rewarded with a five-year, $41MM contract from San Francisco.

    Fast forward ten years, and look at Edwin Jackson. The righty, about to enter his age-29 season, has just put up an ERA+ of 106 while pitching for two teams. For his career, his ERA+ stands at 97, with a walk rate of 3.7 per nine innings and a strikeout rate of 6.7 per nine innings. And he can’t find a job.

    If Schmidt is any indication, today’s teams are missing an opportunity for a bargain. Over his next five seasons, Schmidt pitched just over 1,000 innings at an ERA+ of 127. He made three All Star teams, finished in the top four of Cy Young voting twice, won an ERA title in 2003, and reduced his walks to 3.2 per nine while elevating his strikeouts to 9.0 per nine. He was well worth that $41MM investment. …

    Jackson might settle for a one-year deal for 2012.

  • Jayson Stark’s All-Unemployed team, at the bottom of his latest column for, includes Jackson and Aaron Miles, among others.
  • Today in Jon SooHoo: Joel Guzman, Jonathan Broxton, Willy Aybar, Russell Martin, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier together in 2006.
  • American-Japanese minor-league pitcher Robert Boothe was released by the Dodgers, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America.
  • Bill Petti at Beyond the Boxscore looks at which teams had the most players producing  negative Wins Above Replacement since 2002. The Dodgers were in the better half.
  • Justin Timberlake will play a young baseball scout opposite Clint Eastwood as an older scout in upcoming feature film “Trouble With the Curve,” Jeff Sneider and Justin Kroll of Variety report. Amy Adams will play Eastwood’s daughter.
  • As for my day at the office, it included a blog post looking at the present and future of the post-Steve Carell “The Office.” I’m thinking mine is a minority view, but see if I convince any of you.
  • Congrats to Tom Hoffarth of the Daily News, who won a special appreciation award at the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Some guys named Kershaw, Monday and Scully also got mentioned for some honor or other.


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  1. Anonymous

    Still working for me

  2. Anonymous

    Did the mere mention of Madonna get Jason lat’d???

  3. Love the quote in the Gurnick article from Scott Van Slyke:
    “I was seeing 75 [mph] on a daily basis. I signed, went to the Gulf Coast League and the first pitch I see is 95. I stepped out of the box and said to myself, ‘I’ve got no chance.’ It took me a while.”
    Seems to have realized the extra work he needs to put in to reach the bigs.. Got to like his frame too (6’5, 220lbs).  Will be interesting to see if he can take the next step this year.. 

  4. Anonymous

    First time on the new site. Just wanted to say thank you For continuing w/ DodgerThoughts. I’ve been around since the Toaster and plan on readingthe site daily as long as it’s around. Thanks again

  5. Daniel Zappala

    Jon, do you have any particular favorite ownership group you’d like to see take over?

  6. Hey, glad to see you go indie again.  much better feel.  I’ll be around daily…. Cheers!

  7. Well, I seem to be back!

  8. Anonymous

    Hi all,
    I asked about how to set up the RSS feed a couple posts ago, but just now got back.  I tried the link above the Add New Comment box, as well as the Entries RSS link in the Meta section at the bottom.  Both sent me to a Google page that seems to allow RSS feeds only to an iGoogle homepage.  I don’t see a way to send them to MyYahoo!

    • I don’t have a button for My Yahoo, but here’s how to add it manually:
      In the upper left corner of the My Yahoo page there’s a “+ Content” button.
      Click that, and when the box opens, click the “Add RSS feed link”.
      Then, enter this URL into the input field:

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  11. Anonymous

    I get the whole post in my RSS feed now too, which ESPN stopped doing after about a year. Now I just need something to say.

  12. Andrew Shimmin


    I know this isn’t really your beat, but my Windows Media Center can’t seem to figure out when Justified is on. Any tips?

    • Welcome to  If you’re having a problem with Microsoft, please press 1.  Otherwise, if you’re having a problem with Microsoft, please press 1.

      • Andrew Shimmin

        Awesome! Is there an option for me to sign up for a monthly, automatically-deducted fee for unlimited Justified support? I haven’t seen it yet, but people keep bugging me to watch it, so if I could get a run through of the gestalt of the thing, and maybe a selection of the pull quotes that are most likely to be parroted back to me, so that I know what they’re talking about, that would be great.

        • I don’t know if Andrew will like Justified because it’s modeled so closely off his own life.

          • Andrew Shimmin

            It’s on right now. My life is significantly less Deliverance-y. But the gore and Oxycontin are familiar.

          • Andrew Shimmin

            Not really a reply, but I don’t want to be the first to get all one-character-by-six-hundred-lines on you:

            The main dude is very pretty. Pretty sure I’ve captured the gestalt of the thing, now.

  13. For those who have been returning throughout the day, welcome one and all …

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  17. Anonymous

    making myself at home.

  18. Testing. Just testing. Nice work Jon. Let us know when you release those Dodger Thoughts shirts. I’ll get one. :)

  19. Anonymous

    This is so much fun 

  20. Anonymous

    Hi – Been reading since Toaster days. Good Luck!

  21. Still following you Jon. Still crazy after all these years.

  22. Anonymous

    What is

  23. Anonymous

    Whoops.  I was going to write a comment about Edwin Jackson.  His most overlooked stat – overlooked, that is, except by the people I’m parroting – may be innings pitched.  Even if he doesn’t reach Schmidtian heights, he will still be worth big money, because an average pitcher who can make his starts year after year is a very valuable thing indeed.  If he does become Jason Schmidt, you got yourself a real bargain.

  24. Adam Luther

    Go Dodgers!

  25. Anonymous

    tagged Aaron Miles

  26. SteelMohawk

    I thought my one letter smart cookie thing was finally settled for Dodgers thoughts, glad you are still blogging though.

  27. Woohoo! I’m back as Linkmeister! My ten-plus year identity has been restored!  That alone justifies your move from The Worldwide Leader as far as I’m concerned, Jon! ;)

  28. Hey, Jon, what plug-in do you use to get that month-date badge into your posts? I’ve been thinking about doing that for my blog but there are about 20 varieties which claim to do it in the WordPress plug-in universe. Too many choices!

  29. Calling Mr. Arneson. Mr. Arneson to the white comment section, please.

    Mr. Arneson, please refer to this comment when answering my query.

    How’d you do that?

    • I replied to you on Twitter.

      • Right. And I just replied to your reply there. How meta! ;) Seriously, thanks. Pity it’s part of the theme. I really don’t want to test 20 different plug-ins to find one I like.

  30. Todd Waters


    Love the new digs. Laxed in my lurking a little during the ESPN days, but am looking forward to 2012 on this new site. Can’t wait for game threads.

  31. Derek approves of Derrick!!

  32. Would of been neat to see Edwin come back from one year, instead of seeing Harang or Capuano in the rotation.  

    I dig this site better, btw. Good luck!

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, at one year, he wouldn’t be a PVL blocking the kids! (did the Committee make it over?)

  33. Anonymous

    On Chrome, when I refresh the comment page, I get taken back to where I was when I first opened up the comments section instead of to where I was reading.

    • Anonymous

      On Firefox, it takes me to the top of the comments section. I haven’t tried on Safari.

  34. Farewell, Don Cornelius.

  35. Been taking my kids to the neighborhood elementary school since 2007, but for the first time today for some reason, Melissa Leo was there for dropoff.

    • Anonymous

      …and no cameras around (so not for a film or TV)? Maybe she borrowed a child? Or the au pair had her first day off ever?

    • Anonymous

      I had to Google her and still can’t figure out who she is, even though I did see Melquiades Estrada.

  36. Anonymous

    Test from cell phone

  37. Happy first day of February everyone. Here, enjoy this Simpsons-Gump mashup trailer:

    Back to the Dodgers, why is LA not buzzing about the Dodgers signing local free agent and former Angel Chris Petit? ;)

    • Anonymous

      I’ve heard as much about Chris Pettit as I have about Melissa Leo.

  38. New post up top.

  39. Anonymous

    It sounds like this guy Josh Macciello is the real deal.  Does he have a shot at getting his bid to the table?  And if not, why? Isn’t this a bankrupcy proceeding, doesn’t the money do the most talking, or is it just a toll being paid to get into an ‘insiders only’ party?

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