Los Angeles Dodgers’ Ned Colletti is the latest general manager to come under fire after his team’s postseason exit on Tuesday.
The Dodgers fell to a 3-1 defeat in their National League Divisional Series to the St Louis Cardinals this week and have now failed to reach the World Series for 26 years.
According to reports in America, Colletti is the latest GM to have his position questioned after a series of high profile changes in MLB, including Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd who resigned this week.
Colletti has been in charge of the Dodgers since the 05-06 offseason and his side’s best season record is three NLCS, which they all lost (2008, 2009 and 2013).
For the majority of major league franchises making the postseason in five of the last nine years and three championship series would be a positive result.
However, the Dodgers possess MLB’s highest payroll at approximately $240 million per year, which is an all-time record according to cbssports.com. With baseball’s biggest playing budget in history, that simply isn’t good enough.
Now the pressure is on Colletti after his side failed once again in October.
The Dodgers roster is one of the most potent in the National League but are struggling to make the jump from contenders to winners.
Everyone knows the Dodgers have a dangerous mix of youth and experience with upcoming superstars like 26-year-old Clayton Kershaw and 23-year-old Yasiel Puig being guided up by Juan Uribe (two-time World Series champ with the White Sox in 2005 and the Giants in 2010) and Adrian Gonzalez (three-time Gold Glove winner and 2014 NL RBI champion).
The problem clearly does not lay with the players who continue to pick up the personal awards while missing out on team glory. This has left the Dodgers looking at the men in charge.
Assistant GM Logan White has been with the Dodgers for 12 years in a variety of roles and has been interviewed for various GM roles elsewhere.
As well as assisting Colletti, White is an invaluable figure in the Dodgers scout and draft set up. As vice president of amateur scouting, he has brought stars such as Kershaw, Matt Kemp and Russell Martin to Los Angeles.
White is looking for the set up into a GM role and the Dodgers fans and owners are starting to become restless.
If Colletti were to go San Francisco Giants GM Brain Sabean would be the last man standing in the NL West after the Padres, Diamondbacks and Rockies all changed their general managers in the past few weeks.
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