No Grass Under Colletti's Feet

GM Ned Colletti is after swift baserunner Joey Gaithright of Tampa Bay, but Gaithright might be only the second fastest guy around the Dodgers -- if Colletti's last fortnight is any gauge. He's asked permission, talked to or interviewed Mssrs. Collins, Piniella, Black, Fregosi, McLaren, Little, Acta and Skinner for the managers job.

He's interviewed and decided to keep Kim Ng, Roy Smith and Terry Collins in the fold.

He's visited with other teams or agents for Brian Giles (since signed by San Diego) and Rafael Furcal among others. He might not have his manager and coaches in place by the winter general managers meeting and the Rule 5 draft, but it is not for lack of trying.

Many if not most of the names Colletti has tossed around in his mind were not even a blip on the Dodgers radar under his predecessor Paul DePodesta or in the various whisperings of advisor Tommy Lasorda -- indicating pretty clearly that Colletti has a mind of his own and intends to follow it.

Colletti's whirlwind actions are becoming daily if not twice daily doings and since they are baseball doings, the heat is suddenly off the owners suite and family offices for the first time since Henry Ford invented the automobile thus replacing stables with garages and parking lots.

The Gaithright rumors at least suggest the Colletti Dodgers are musing about restoring speed, the bunt, the hit and run and such to the boys in blue. Nice things to try if you don't have the wherewithall to execute the old Earl Weaver three run homer offense.

Colletti has visited with J.D. Drew about center field, and indication Milton Bradley will be soon toiling elsewhere (both the Cubs and A's seem interested).

Colletti appears both willing and able to talk to people, something his predecessor had on both counts. Colletti is getting more attention than 78 year old icon Tommy Lasorda, which is also nice. It seems the windows are open and a lot of fresh air is being breathed into the Dodgers.

Even with the ticket increases, the Dodgers will still be light years away from Boston's $75 tickets and the Yankees' $100 blockbusters (don't think the McCourt's don't drool when considering how high they might go in the future).

Colletti has replaced pious platitudes, generalities about doing what is necessary, baseball doublespeak with evident action. It has energized some of the Dodgers fans, is beginning to be noticed in the press, in the baseball world, hopefully by the players he's talked to.

If this continues, the Dodgers might begin thanking their lucky stars the dozen of so buys they looked to before Ned Colletti didn't say yes.