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    Dodgers notes: Employee relieved of duties

    Clubhouse manager let go after 15 years
    By Tony Jackson, Daily News Staff Writer

    Longtime Dodgers clubhouse manager Dave Dickinson, who had been with the organization for 15 seasons, was fired this week, making him the latest addition to a growing list of team employees who have been shown the door in the two years since Frank and Jamie McCourt purchased the club from NewsCorp.

    Dickinson said Thursday he wasn't given a reason for his dismissal, which came Tuesday.

    "They just said the organization decided to make a change," Dickinson said.

    But Dickinson believes he had been a marked man since a company softball game at Dodger Stadium last October, when he made a casual comment that might have been misinterpreted.

    "I was getting ready to hit," Dickinson said. "I was wearing a pair of batting gloves, and a guy walked by and asked me why the McCourt kids didn't have those (gloves). I said, 'They didn't ask me for them, and I don't like them.' I meant it as a joke, and we all started laughing. But apparently, the guy ran upstairs and told them."

    Camille Johnston, the Dodgers vice president for communications, said Dickinson wasn't fired because of that comment.

    "I strongly disagree with the characterization," she said. "Other than that, I can't comment on personnel decisions."

    The McCourts have four sons ages 15-24, two of whom work in the front office. In the past year alone, the McCourts have fired, in order: chief marketing officer Lon Rosen and vice president for communications Gary Miereanu; stadium operations head Doug Duennes; manager Jim Tracy (officially by mutual agreement); public-relations director John Olguin and PR assistants Paul Gomez and Chris Gutierrez; general manager Paul DePodesta; and now, Dickinson.

    "I'm confused and shocked," Dickinson said. "And they wait 10 days before I go to spring training to tell me. That's the thing I can't understand. I was excited about this team. It seemed like a decent group of guys. I was looking forward to working with (new GM) Ned Colletti, because I have heard he's a really good guy, and (new manager) Grady (Little).

    "I thought I was honest and up front with everybody, and I think I had the respect of the coaches, players, trainers and the front office, for the most part."

  • #2
    Funny that they can't give a reason, but they deny it's for the reason Dickinson gave.
    "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
    Carl Yastrzemski


    • #3
      One thing is for certain - there ain't no job security under the McCourts, unless your name is McCourt h
      "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

      No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda


      • #4
        Every other NL West team will support the McCourts as long as they run the Dodgers. They couldn't be happier.
        Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball


        • #5
          Originally posted by KCGHOST
          Every other NL West team will support the McCourts as long as they run the Dodgers. They couldn't be happier.
          They wont be so happy when they see what kind of team Colletti is gonna put together in the coming seasons.


          • #6
            Every other NL West team will support the McCourts as long as they run the Dodgers. They couldn't be happier
            Well their still better than the Royals. But anyways, Is there anyone who likes those kids?
            Born True Blue


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