Dodgers Need Sign Only Full-Time Players

Let us review Dodgers signings. Nomar Garciaparra spent, it seems, more time on the DL (he's currently on the DL up in Oakland) than the playing roster. Bill Mueller spent weeks as a healthy player and years as an assistant DL. Jason Schmidt, well, let's not even start there. Reliever Kuo, he of the five operations, is unhealthy even when he's on the roster.

Andruw Jones went on the DL last year, the cause being mostly an inability to play even up to minimum professional standards.

Now the team owner is backing up (pardon the parking lot expression) a tad and saying FROM NOW ON the team will look at and actually meet with players they are thinking of signing! Huh!

The Dodgers have a proven record on NOT doing due diligence in their player moves and this all around history is one of the major reasons the Dodgers are now 22 years and counting since their last World Series appearance - the longest in the half century the team has played on the west coast.

Is it too much to ask that the Dodgers limit themselves to players who can play, who will play, who won't take themselves out of the  lineup, and, that said, who have the normal amount of legs and arms that function for their intended baseball purposes?

During the last week the owner and the manager have outdone themselves in coming up with gentle spins on L'affaire Ramirez, surely not what they feel in their  guts. 

Ramirez has done what nobody has been able to do in 60 years, namely render ole Tommy Lasorda silent. 

GM Ned Colletti started the year behind the eight-ball, got a one month of pre-Ramirez reprieve and now may be put squarely on the fence again (even though Brother McCourt is to blame). Owners, like presidents, rarely fire themselves and ALWAYS look for somebody else to throw under the wheels. If Colletti doesn't know that yet, somebody ought to clue him in.

In place of the odoriferous spins and the unaccustomed silence, the facts of the Ramirez bombshell are indeed self stating and needs no more. It stinks. Ramirez has self immolated. It is said Manny is to blame. But the decision to bring him back also has an odor. It isn't as if nobody else in and around baseball predicted a Ramirez malfunction in advance.

The Dodgers are below .500 since the bombshell, with the only win coming from a career Triple-A hurler, Brother Stults.

Manager Joe Torre always has a great record when he opens up with a pair of wired aces and the flop gives him two more. His record in turmoil or trouble is equally telling, namely not so hot. His commentary, probably penned by others, is Churchillesque, reminiscent of Sir Winston's definition of political rhetoric, i.e., sound good, say nothing.

When and if Ramirez returns, he will be, even if healthy and clean, razzed in every ballpark other than Dodgers Stadium. Ramirez has a history of feeling dissed even when he is loved. How is he going to handle the jockeying and all that goes with it?  He's thin-skinned to begin with.

The Dodgers stumbling didn't begin with Ramirez. There are plenty of earlier bumps in the road.

They may not end with Ramirez either. Should the Dodgers not right their ship and continue the record of futility (now in its third decade), heads (lots of them) should roll and it says here the quicker the better. If not, the Dodgers will appear dumber than Manny Ramirez, which oughta take some doing but off the Dodgers record seems do-able.