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Ned Colletti: players use disabled list as “a couple weeks’ vacation”

Jun 15, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti stands on the field before the MLB national league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles

Ned Colletti was on KABC radio in Los Angeles yesterday, and seemed to question the legitimacy of some Dodgers’ players recent trips to the disabled list:

“Sometimes you wonder what the thought process is too. The disabled list used to be some place a player never wanted to go. And now it might be a safe haven, it might be a couple of weeks’ vacation. You just hope everybody is doing everything they can to get back and play.”

He walked the comments back in the Los Angeles times, saying that, however those words came out, it wasn’t his intent to call anyone out.

I suppose tone mattered here: Colletti said the comment was made in jest, and if there was in fact some comic exasperation at the Dodgers’ injury woes here, it’s a pretty nothing comment. If he was a bit more serious, maybe it’s one of those Kinsley gaffes where a public figure actually – accidentally! — revealed what he was thinking instead of providing the politically or corporately-approved line. Which we simply cannot have.

Of course, Colletti isn’t the first person to suggest that players need and/or use the disabled list for simple rest. You’ll recall that Jayson Stark spoke to an anonymous general manager a few weeks ago who suggested that “players just couldn’t handle” the 162-game season and used the disabled list as a means of escape.

So: is Ned Colletti the anonymous GM, or is he simply saying here what a lot of people inside baseball think about the disabled list?

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    “The disabled list used to be some place a player never wanted to go. And now it might be a safe haven, it might be a couple of weeks’ vacation.”

    Maybe he missed all those stories about Lord Jeets begging to stay off the DL?

  2. halladaysbicepts - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Of course Ned Colletti is right. Just ask the NY Mutts. They have all been taking 2 week vacations in bunches for years. Carlos Beltran and Jayson Bay are the President and VP of the DL Vacation club.

    They even started their own vacation traveling agency for their fellow Mutts players.

    • skipp - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:39 AM

      Carlos Beltran has been mislabeled as a pre-Madonna for quite a while now. He’s struggled to stay healthy for a few years, but from ’05 – ’08 he averaged 149 games played, not bad. The best part is that this year, of all years, he leads the Mets in games played. That’s pretty incredible given the fact that he just came back from microfracture surgery. I hope that baseball remembers him as the great player he was (and sorta still is), as opposed to the slacker that the uninformed mislabel him as.

      Disclosure – I’m not even a Met fan.

      • tomemos - Jun 15, 2011 at 1:23 PM

        Blogwhore.

      • handsfour - Jun 15, 2011 at 1:50 PM

        “pre-Madonna”? hilarious…

      • jimbo1949 - Jun 15, 2011 at 1:54 PM

        I know Gaga is supposed to be a post-Madonna, just how do you consider Beltran to be pre-Madonna?
        Does he wear his jock over his pants?

      • nullstadt - Jun 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM

        Better than being a pre-operative Madonna, I guess…think you’re looking for ‘prima donna’ here. Thanks for the laugh.

      • skipp - Jun 15, 2011 at 2:37 PM

        haha wow that was pretty bad wasn’t it. Hope you enjoyed that one.

  3. cur68 - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Ned Colletti is a known Jack A$$. He describes behaviors in people he envies that he himself would engage in if he had the chance or were unobserved. He’s just another of the crowd who can’t seem to speak in public without alienating the team they owe allegiance to. I wonder if Wilpon, Cashman, Colletti, Loria and the rest get together to show off how much of, and how many of pairs of feet they can get in their mouths?

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:36 AM

      If I am not mistaken, he was a writer for the Philly Inquirer or Daily News way back in the day. Mikey Miss talks about how crazy it is that he is now a GM of a baseball team.

      • cur68 - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:40 AM

        I totally got into the wrong line of work. I shoulda been a sports writer. That seems to qualify you for all sorts of jobs for which in no way shape or form has your life as a scribbler prepared you.

        Hey, screw that database you’re working on Chris. Polish your sports writing spiel. It might serve you well one day.

  4. cup0pizza - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    This guy is a clown and the crappiest g.m. in any sport st any time. How does he still have a job? How was he even hired to begin with? Sweet Jason Schmidt and Andruw Jones signings, dude. Aarrggghhhhhhhhhh.

    • Paul Zummo - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:08 AM

      Bill Plaschke is just waiting to write a column to explain to you why you’re wrong and why he’s the greatest GM in the history of baseball.

      • jwbiii - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:16 AM

        I can only imagine that Colletti picked up a few of Plaschke’s bar tabs and DePodesta didn’t.

  5. oldpaddy - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Um Ned, who would want to play for a team that there’s a good chance won’t pay them? At least the insurance company will pay. Big dummy.

  6. cup0pizza - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Ha “pre-Madonna”…….you might be as stupid as halladayssacklicker.

    • halladaysbicepts - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:48 AM

      And as long as he continues to dominate, I will continue to be halladayssacklicker, tough guy.

  7. Roger Moore - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Maybe the Dodgers wouldn’t have so many problems with players going on the DL to rest if they had managers who knew how to give their players regular days off during the season. Free hint: if your players regularly slump as the season goes on, especially at the toughest positions, that’s a sign they’re being overworked. Try building a bench decent enough that the manager isn’t afraid to use it once in a while.

  8. pettittechick - Jun 15, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    No comment about the article itself, but as an English major and a baseball fan, I HAVE to correct an error I’m seeing more and more frequently. Unless you’re comparing ARod’s numbers before and after he dated Madonna, there is no such thing as “pre-Madonna”. The phrase that you’re *trying* to use is ‘prima donna’. In Italian, it means “first lady” and is usually used when referring to the female lead in an opera. These ladies had a reputation for being spoiled, bitchy, demanding divas. Over time, the phrase came to mean anyone who shared those same traits.

    • handsfour - Jun 15, 2011 at 1:59 PM

      wow, you’ve been seeing that frequently? Lord help us…

    • bigharold - Jun 15, 2011 at 2:55 PM

      Did it occur to you that “pre-Madonna” was merely an attempt at being funny? Sure, it’s not really funny but that’s not the point.

      If you are reading sports blogs and hoping for anything approaching correct English you are going to be sorry. I’m usually pretty happy with a coherent thought and a smattering of punctuation. In fact it’s usually considered bad form to point out others typos unless the offender is being a complete ass.

      It’s just sports blogging, .. nobodies prepping for their SATs. Have some fun and don’t worry the small stuff.

      • skipp - Jun 15, 2011 at 3:13 PM

        Who would have thought that “pre-Madonna” would have dominated this chain. I’d love to say it was meant to be a joke, but in fact it was just a pretty bad/dumb typo. I gotta concur with bigharold here, relax fellas, it’s the comment section of a sports blog.

        @cup0pizza, you must be the brightest guy on here. I mean, halladayasslicker, that just SCREAMS intelligence.

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