The Dodgers have a long history of taking care of those that helped get their team where it is today. We see that often with players who come back as television and radio analysts over the years. We also see it with players getting front office roles or advising positions.
That also includes former executives like Ned Colletti. Ned ran the team as the general manager from late 2005 to late 2014. He was the architect of the massive trade with the Red Sox that brought Adrian Gonzalez and more out to the Dodgers. And that wasn’t even his biggest move.
But today, Ned announced that he will be retiring from the sport of baseball. Currently serving with the Dodgers as a SportsNetLA analyst, Ned will shift his attention to the San Jose Sharks again as a scout. And what a wonderful career it has been for Ned in Los Angeles.
With respect, gratitude and thanks… pic.twitter.com/78QE3aYUCM
— Ned Colletti (@realnedcolletti) April 7, 2022
Ned was also the guy that traded Milton Bradley and Antonio Perez for Andre Ethier. You don’t have to be a Dodgers fan to know how great that deal ended up being. Ned was also responsible for the trade that landed Manny Ramirez in Los Angeles, which was electric for the fanbase.
You can also include drafting Clayton Kershaw into his wall of victories as a general manager. But the unwillingness to trade him when other teams were very much after him might go down as his single greatest call. You’ll be missed around Los Angeles Ned, and we’re all very thankful for setting this team up for success with the new ownership group.
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