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Who's Sipping the Joe Torre Kool-Aid

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Am I the only person not drinking from the Joe Torre Kool-Aid?

I’m hearing almost everyone gushing how Torre will bring credibility and a winning attitude to the Dodger organization. Even in Monday morning’s press conference Dodger owner Frank McCourt said, “Ned Colletti and I agree there is no substitute for a strong character to lead our team to the top.”

It’s funny he brings up the character issue since the way Grady Little was shown the door (or decided to leave if you care to believe that) was sketchy at best.

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According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Colletti threw the coaching staff under the bus at the end of the season much to Grady’s dismay. After a couple of weeks of uneasy silence, Colletti started talking to Joe Girardi and actually came to an agreement before the Yankees came and snatched him away. The talks then focused on Joe Torre.

All of this while Grady was still our manager.

Then came that uneasy conference call last week, and that was that.

Don't get me wrong. I do believe Joe Torre will be an improvement over Grady Little, but since he is not out there fielding balls and swinging the bat how can anyone make the claim that he will instantly make this a World Series contending team?

Remember, the only team he has won with was the Yankees who boasted a payroll higher than the GDP of some nations. Now granted the Dodgers have more talent than the Mets, Braves and Cardinals teams Torre managed, but it's not like there's a lot to show for it. The pitching staff is hanging on by a torn labrum and the hitting has about as much power as a vibrator with dead batteries.

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It is up to Ned Colletti to learn from the mistakes of this season and give Torre a team he can guide to victory.

That means somewhere he needs to find some power in the line up. Even if A-Rod's asking price is too much, I'm hearing the Florida Marlins are ready to trade their third baseman Miguel Cabrera (.320 batting average, .966 OPS, 34 home runs, 71.4 VORP despite his ever-expanding waistline).

Also Colletti needs to get reliable arms in the pitching staff. That means no risk taking on injury prone free agents like Jason Schmidt and Randy Wolf. Rumors are that Colletti is talking about trading for Twin's ace Johan Santana and acquiring 32-year old Japanese pitcher Hiroka Kuroda.

Just as the case was when the Lakers re-hired Phil Jackson in 2005 you can hire a hall-of-fame head coach to guide your team, but the head coach can't turn a lump of shit into a bag of gold. Just look at where the Lakers are right now, and let Frank McCourt be forewarned.

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