It wasn't that long ago that if you'd have asked me to name 2 general managers in all of baseball, I woulda said hey man, shut up I'm watchin' the game.
They're getting to be as famous as players, these GMs.
And Ned Colletti is now the biggest among them, because he won the mega lotto.
His boss changed from a dingbat owner/mismanager of a professional baseball team driven to bankruptcy, to an ownership supergroup that includes Magic Johnson and has some kind of Carl Sagan-ey type tv deal (that means billions and billions) in the works that gives them SO much money that they don't even care about the luxury tax.
You can read around and find different numbers, but the Dodgers payroll for 2013 will be over $200 million dollars (here it says $230 mil).
It'll be the highest payroll ever.
I'd forgotten about how the luxury tax works but ran across this quote from here: "For those of you not familiar with the luxury tax, a first-time offender pays a 17.5% penalty for every dollar spent above the $189 million threshold. That penalty rises to 30 percent in year two, 40% in year three, and 50% in year four. Ouch, ouch and ouch."
So, you know, that's like a different bracket than you and me.
You remember this one year - 2003?
When some team from Florida beat the Cubs and went on to win the World Series?
Yeah, that team.
Their entire payroll was $54 mil.
Long time ago, but still.
The amount of money that's spent in pro sports is already insane, the amount of money that Ned Colletti gets to play with is insane squared.
And since it seems so outrageously unfair, you wish he was some boob with no idea of what he was doing so he could fail and we could all laugh.
But he's not.
You can never tell about chemistry or injury or that kinda stuff, but this is gonna be a seriously good team.
Our old buddy Ted Lilly will be battling 7 other starters.: Kershaw, Grienke, Ryu, Beckett, Billingsly, Capuano and Harang.
If you were wondering where Randy Wells went, it wasn't here.
Anyway, Ned Colletti did that.
Did you know he's from Chicago?
He went to NIU (who we're all rooting for when they play Florida in the Orange Bowl).
He started out with the Cubs in 1982 and was there when the Cubs won and failed in '84 and '89. So he worked for both Dallas Green and Jim Frey.
(That must have been interesting.)
And now he's the busdriver with "Voldemort" on his nametag driving the new Evil Empire around.
Okay, done writing. Really just a silly illustration of Ned Colletti. Ned if you see it I hope you get a laugh too even with the blue drool. It must be FREAKY, like being in charge of a whole economy, to be you.