Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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As the regular season draws closer, there have been plenty of changes surrounding the Los Angeles Dodgers. The roster continues to be trimmed down in preparation for Opening Day, and new food options and security measures at Dodger Stadium have been announced in recent days.

As the Dodgers have hit the homestretch of their preparation on the field, there’s more off-the-field news as the club announced Wednesday former general manager Ned Colletti was added to the SportsNet LA broadcast team. Colletti joined Rick Monday in the broadcast booth over the last week and his previous stops in the Dodgers’ front office led to some compelling tidbits of information.

During Colletti’s tenure as GM, the Dodgers reached the postseason in three of his first four seasons, and five times overall — including back-to-back NL West titles in 2013 and 2014. He navigated his way through a dark period for the franchise as Frank McCourt’s final years were marred by his divorce and financial troubles.

Under the Guggenheim ownership group, Colletti was afforded more flexibility by virtue of a seemingly endless money supply. He quickly orchestrated the trade with the Boston Red Sox that brought Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez out west, along with over $200 million in payroll, which signaled to fans money wasn’t an object if it meant winning.

While Colletti built competitive teams, he faced heavy criticism due to a combination of unfortunate decisions and inability to land bullpen help at last season’s trade deadline. The Dodgers’ shortcomings in the postseason for a second-straight year led to a front office overhaul and Colletti being reassigned to a role as senior advisor to the president and CEO Stan Kasten.

Colletti retains his position with the Dodgers and it isn’t yet known how many games he’ll join the SportsNet LA booth.

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4 Responses

  1. Ken Nepove

    Bad enough we had to live with his poor performance as the GM. Now we have to
    listen to him too…ugh!!

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    • Greg Williams

      not sure its really fair to label colletti’s performance as poor. he did what he could under frank mcbroke and that was better than any of the other gm’s dodgers have had probably since fred claire. lets face facts, dodgers have been lacking in the gm dept for many many yrs. even bringing in guys who ran other teams – who were supposedly great were bums when they got here. true, once ned got some money to spend he was like a dog off the leash, but i dont remember anyone complaining when kemp,ethier,greinke,kershaw got all that money. carl crawford is costing too much, but gonzalez has been a steal at any price

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  2. Tobin Tiller

    So they banish Colletti to a job where 70% of the fan base will never see him. To bad , but the real shame is we are missing Vin Scully’s last years of hall of fame broadcasting!!

    Reply

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