Thursday, April 29, 2010
Stewart / Colletti Feud
Pix Via The Left Field Pavilion.
I hate to think that picture can become a reality.
It's a matter of opinion if you think Ned Colletti was too critical of Matt Kemp or not. I still haven't changed my mind. I think Colletti could of answered the question in a different way. I still feel he sounds desperate.
Kemp's agent, Dave Stewart spoke with Colletti last night. From ESPN L.A.:
Kemp's agent, Dave Stewart, reacted with shock on Wednesday to Colletti's comments.
"When it comes time for Matt to arbitrate two years from now, we're going to look at that situation and do what's best for Matt," he said on The Mason and Ireland Show on 710 ESPN Los Angeles. "When it comes time for Matt to be a free agent three years from now, we're going to look at that situation in the same way as I would with Chad Billingsley, my other client on that ballclub.
Brilliant. Thanks Ned!
Stewart was a right-handed pitcher for 16 years in the majors and was known for his intimidating presence on the mound. "This kind of thing in all the years I've been in baseball has never happened with any general manager on any team I've ever played on where you single out a player and you hold him accountable for the outcome of what 24 other players are doing as well," Stewart said. "There are 25 players on a team."
Known for his intimidating presence? Ah yes, he was a scary looking man on the mound. I'm sure he's still intimidating as a Agent and is not going to back down on his statements.
More interesting comments from Stewart to the L.A. Times:
"What I would suggest for Ned Colletti to do is look at himself in the mirror," Stewart said. Stewart said the reason Colletti offered for saying what he said wasn't a valid one. "No, not at all," Stewart said. "To me, he didn't need to answer the question. If anything, he should have said, ‘No comment.' "
"A man panicking is what it sounds like to me," he said of Colletti. Stewart said Colletti should take more responsibility for the Dodgers' 8-13 start. "He hired the manager," Stewart said. "He hired the coaching staff. The players on the team were selected by him and the coaching staff." Stewart said that no player has called out Colletti for wasting tens of millions of dollars on Jason Schmidt or Andruw Jones, and that players deserved the same level of courtesy from their general manager. Colletti and Stewart spoke Wednesday afternoon, but it was uncertain whether anything was resolved.
Interesting quote from Stewart, "A man panicking is what it sounds like to me"