Friday, April 22, 2011
Business as usual for Ned Colletti
By Tony Jackson
CHICAGO -- Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Friday that he has been in communication with embattled owner Frank McCourt since baseball commissioner Bud Selig's announcement on Wednesday that he plans to appoint someone to oversee the club's financial operations. But Colletti said the two still haven't spoken face to face and still haven't discussed that particular issue.
"We have texted back and forth," Colletti said. "It's just updates, the same updates we always exchange. I keep him up to date on our roster moves, things along those lines, and where our injured players are on their comebacks, as always."
Colletti also said there are no immediate plans for him and McCourt to discuss Selig's decision, but Colletti added that unless and until he hears differently, he still considers McCourt to be his boss.
Meanwhile, Colletti said he has addressed the Dodgers' baseball-operations staff in the wake of Selig's announcement, telling them to "focus on your job. You can't worry about things that are out of your control, so do the best job you can."
A day after declining to say whether he personally had spoken to anyone from the commissioner's office about the matter, Colletti finally acknowledged that such a conversation had taken place, but he declined to identify the person with whom he spoke, telling reporters they would have to get that information from Major League Baseball.
An MLB spokesperson said Colletti has spoken to various individuals in the league office over the past two days, including and most notably Rob Manfred, MLB's executive vice president for labor relations and human resources.
Colletti claimed that despite the hoopla surrounding Selig's announcement and uncertainty about McCourt's ownership of the club, he has been focused entirely on conducting business as usual and plans to remain so.
"I think everything has been about business," Colletti said. "Since that announcement, we have had a night game, a day game and then travel. ... This is what I do for a living. This is where my priority is, and this is what I'm trying to make as good as possible. ... I have got enough going on to keep me busy."
From Colletti to manager Don Mattingly to the players, the emphasis from the baseball-side of the Dodgers has been on the field. The Dodgers beat Atlanta 6-1 hours after the announcement and defeated the Braves again Thursday, 5-3 in 12 innings.
"We're concentrating on what we have to do," starting pitcher Chad Billingsley said. "What it takes for each game to get ready. That's the only thing we can control."
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.