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Dodger's GM Ned Colletti Stops by 'The Lair' For His Annual Visit


It’s still hard for me to fathom that Ned Colletti even remembers who I am, let alone that he would spend 45 minutes with me during the middle of Spring Training for our annual “State of the Dodgers” Lasorda’s Lair exclusive. His explanation today was that I got lucky and caught him on a good day, but he also urged me to “think outside the box” when it comes to analyzing the Dodgers current roster, farm system and the future of the organization.

For all of those out there who think the Dodgers spent too much signing Juan Uribe 3 years ago and then shouldn’t have invested a 2nd year in his contract this year he has a simple answer, “Who did he block then and who is he blocking now?” He used a similar phrase when he talked about signing Alexander Guerrero, reinforcing just how difficult it is to find Middle Infielders in the MLB draft, “who is Alex blocking right now’” he asked me.

“You gotta think different than everyone else if you want to have a blog that really means something,” he told me. “Do you want to summarize Donnie’s morning press conference and speculate on Matt’s (Kemp) health, or do you want to give your readers something they won’t get anywhere else?” Obviously I said the latter, “then go back and look at our MLB drafts since 2005, we’ve had something like 4 position players who played in over 100 MLB games in 1 season in that time. So people ask why have we signed so many free agents and made so many trades over the last 2 years. Where else am I going to find a #4 starter like Dan Haren unless it’s via free agency? Who exactly was blocking Hanley when we made the deal for him? Yeah we had to give up Eovaldi but for a Middle Infielder of Hanley’s caliber how could we not make that move?”

Unfortunately so much of what we talked about was “off the record” per his request and he said “Do you want to record a conversation, or do you want to shut that thing off and talk baseball?” Uhh let me see how fast I can shut off my voice recorder. I have so much more information to digest and process to make sure I walk that fine line of giving you our loyal and educated readers a glimpse into the incredible vision Ned has for our beloved franchise and just how truly talented he is at what he does, as well as making sure I don’t print anything he wouldn’t want me to. It’s simple for me, he has given me access to talk Dodgers with him that he “Can’t do for every blog out there or I’d never get anything done,” and I would hate to do anything to potentially damage that relationship, as again it still blows my mind that the guy even knows who I am let alone is so willing to open up and give me a glimpse into what goes on day to day building a club like the Dodgers.

But it’s also important to me to make sure that I give you a taste of what it’s like here at Camelback Ranch as well as try to give you a feel for what is truly being said in our conversation. So please give me time to analyze what is going to be the best information for you, without dong anything to upset the Dodgers GM. So be patient, there will be much more to come from our chat, but if you want to know what a great guy he is here’s the first thing he asked me, “Where is your son? You said you were bringing him down here and I was hoping to meet him.” Seriously, he not only remembered what we discussed via text he genuinely was interested in introducing himself to my 10 yr old. That right there shows you that he is not only a brilliant baseball mind but he’s just a down to earth honest to God good man. And as Dodgers fans are there any other traits we want the guy who’s running and buildin our club to portray? I don’t think so but then again I’m biased, I’m on the record as being a Ned Colletti fan, and watching the talent walk around CBR this morning, I’m convinced those of you who aren’t will be one as well, sooner thatn later.

So for now enjoy a taste of what’s to come from Lasorda’s Lair’s first trip to 2014 Spring Training, and I promise there will be much more to follow including live video from BP today as well as my sitdown with Ross Stripling. Cheers and thank you for your continued support of our great site!

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  • Luke775

    A whole article that said nothing. C’mon man, don’t expect me back if you have nothing to say.

    • LasordasLair

      geez Luke, relax please, he’s got more coming later, plus an interview with Stripling. A lot of the stuff is off the record for obvious reasons, so you gotta understand.

    • PastyRasta

      Seriously Luke? Tell me how I’m supposed to not betray Ned’s trust by sharing stuff that is “off the record” and write a detailed article after spending close to an hour with him at camp and not sound like I’m a total snob? Like I posted please be patient I have to figure out how to share as much as I can with our readers while not quoting him directly which is tricky. I tried to add some direct quotes but I was writing this while also trying to get to batting practice ASAP so I could post video for our readers that showed Guerrero, Puig, Kemp and Uribe hitting for 20+ minutes, hopefully my follow up piece and the video which no other site has to offer will be enough to get you to come back. I’m not used to spending 1on 1 time with MLB GM’s so forgive my tip-toeing around the details as I try to produce a quality content worthy article, I apologize for “having nothing to say” this is new territory for me.

      • Quasimodo

        He said enough. I already don’t like him. My skin is pretty thick until someone is out of line with who I consider ‘friend’ because they’ve either taken a lot of practice or perhaps just a natural DICK. But either way, ‘a person is what they eat’.

        • PastyRasta

          LMAO ohh Quasi you are hilarious…I’m always one for not blaming people for criticising my work, hell after my Stripling gaff I deserve it and I never want to push someone away from the site as I remember when we didn’t get the kind of site traffic we now do, but thanks for having my back that is some funny stuff!

          • Quasimodo

            Naw, you have that one wrong! I’ll tell you that I WAS able to get so much more from nearly every other attempt from others with the quality of what equipment you’ve likely purchased yourself – and hey, If that’s not reason enough to give a simple thanx, then let them eat cake! Whatever that means.

          • Quasimodo

            P.S. Another man I have great appreciation for is Mark Timmons. The whole deal he put together is entirely at his expense. Its also a great community. Tell Scott he needs make more appearances there. I don’t know why some find it too hard to say anything polite. Respect should be automatic. Its disrespect that’s earned. I’m inviting you to visit at Marks also.

          • LasordasLair

            I haven’t been over there in a few weeks Quasi. Thanks for reminding me. I need to drop by there and say hello.

        • Luke775

          You’re right, your no “King of the Keyboard”. But seriously dude if you’re so offended by someone’s opinion, why read? What’s the point of a discussion board if people can’t post their thoughts without being called names? The purpose of the blog just degenerates so quickly and you do grave disservice to the one you call friend. So be a good little boy and stay focused on the Dodgers, you’re hopefully much smarter about baseball, because it’s clear you know very little about other people.

          • LasordasLair

            Alright, let’s all calm down. Be nice and civil here. It’s all good Luke, you’re welcome to comment however you like, let’s just keep things civil here, which goes for everyone else as well. We’re all Dodger fans, no need to be confrontational. Be happy Luke, the first exhibition game is two days away! Do you have time warner? Are you able to watch sportsnetla?

          • Luke775

            I didn’t start the incivility but I’m certainly willing to end it. Xenophobia is a form of prejudice that none of us should tolerate. I do love the Dodgers and want to stay focused on winning the World Series. That should be the only thing that matters to any of us.
            No TimeWarner.DirectV only. I’m a victim, like so many others of the Dodgers new television contract.

          • Quasimodo

            Perhaps I was to harsh and out of line but I know Kenny made a journey, bought equipment and gave me some insight. And for that I give thanks. You told him he did nothing and wasn’t worth enough to read what he says in the future. I have many more reasons than any “little boy” to become Mr. Hyde and I’ll say sorry. but if you think your post to Kenny was even worth saying I really have no reason for guilt. I’m gonna delete what I thought your meaning was towards Kenny and say I’m sorry to you. I start fresh. Peace.

          • Luke775

            Me too, my apologies. Maybe I didn’t understand all that went into the article. From the casual fan view of perusing the blogs, this article seemed to say, “there’s a lot I want to say, but I cant cause I’m sworn to secrecy, so sorry you’re in the dark….I’ll work on giving you some scraps later”. So on first read it was very disappointing, but after all is said and done, I’ll withhold any judgment and look forward to what comes next…hopefully their are some strong insights that I will appreciate later. Thanks for your apology..it is appreciated.

          • Quasimodo

            Yeah its easy to start off and expose things in that are not my usual self. I’m glad we’re at a better lane to a better place. I’ll look forward to talking with you in the future.

          • PastyRasta

            Its all good Luke, I was in a tough spot, still am, cause I want to tell all of you about what Ned talked about during our hour together, his vision for our beloved Dodgers and why that vision is a good thing for ue as fans but he told me that what we discussed was “Off the record” and I have to respect that. He’s done exactly 1 sit down 1 on 1 interview this sprint and I was lucky enough to be that 1 interview. I really want to keep the access he’s given me so I have to respect his wishes. I know it doesn’t make sense and hopefully the live videos I posted has given you a glimpse Dodgers camp you wont find anywhere else. I have a post coming about Colletti that hopefully provides insight and doesnt betray Ned’s trust. I spent my own $ to make the trip a

          • LasordasLair

            Yes, kiss and make up you two

          • PastyRasta

            Seriously Scott? That’s gross Dude….just gross! No offense Luke.

    • Quasimodo

      Hey, Luke. Perhaps I’m no prince of the keyboard and I mostly gain my outlook from a different point of view. I’m not claiming my opinion to be anything close to 1000., But If you were to add up all the ‘how Quasi called it’ you’d find not many saw things better than me. I got so much more from what you called “nothing” that I know a couple things Coletti made privy to Kenny. I’ll go out on
      the limb and tell you right now that Ned’s private talk entered to the ownership of instructing Ned to be bold and be right because they knew ‘HOW TO BRING UP THE VALUE’ of Dodgers television rights. I don’t think sleep will be lost to never see or read any opinion from Luke775. Sorry if I spilled the beans Kenny, or am I just sticking myself to the title of clown?

      • PastyRasta

        No comment but you scare me cause you couldn’t have known some of the stuff Ned and I talked about, like the JP Howell stuff, but you were right on. You are not a clown and I’m wondering if Ned created an account to keep track of me keeping stuff off the record like I promised and you are actually him? Hmmmm?

        • Quasimodo

          Naw, only deduction and luck. Ned’s moves all were hint substantiated. If I batted better than .500, stack my apologies to my guilt to Juan Uribe. Someday he’ll let me know that I’m okay in his book. It was allways easy for me to stick up for Steve Lyons, He maybe didn’t understand we all feel that Vin is a family member closer than cousins, but not many gave Steve the proper due respect of the real inside dope. I got it though. Cheers!

          • PastyRasta

            I got a great idea for a new weekly.feature “how Quasi saw it”‘I like it!