- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1198 KB
- Print Length: 160 pages
- Publisher: Sports Publishing (12 January 2012)
- Sold by: Simon & Schuster Digital Sales Inc. (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CKXEAH4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 17 customer ratings
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Fred Claire: My 30 Years in Dodger Blue Kindle Edition
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This is Steve Springers fourth book. He coauthored Winnin Times with Scott Ostler, as well as 60 Years of USC-UCLA Football with Mike Arkush and wrote The Encyclopedia of the Lakers. Springer has been a sportswriter for 30 years, with the Los Angeles Times for the last 20 years. Prior to the Times, he worked at the Thousand Oaks News-Chronicle and the Orange County Register. Springer has covered the Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers, Raiders, Kings, USC football and is currently the Times boxing writer. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Piazza was larger than life. He was a decent catcher with a powerful bat. My first and only Dodger uniform was a crisp, blue #31 Piazza jersey. When I wore that jersey, I could faintly hear Vin Scully calling my name over the radio.
So you can imagine my confusion when the Dodgers traded the Piazza and his glorious mullet to the teal-toting Florida Marlins. Back then I didn’t understand contract negotiations, free agency, salary obligations, and so forth. All I knew was that the best hitting catcher in baseball was now in Florida and not a Dodger. (I later fell in love with Pal LoDuca).
Fred Claire was the Dodger general manager from 1987 to 1998, but fortunately, he was not responsible for the ill-conceived Piazza/Zeile to Florida trade. That honor goes to the executives at the Fox Entertainment Group. And from 1998 to 2012 (the end of the McCourt era) it wasn’t a fun time to be a Dodger fan.
If you’re an avid Dodger fan, none of these stories will be new or shocking, however, it is fun to hear it straight from the general manager’s mouth.
Man did I learn alot about that. And so much more! Mr. Claire was there since before I was old enough to be a fan right up until his unfortunate departure.
I loved this book and came away both angry and very happy, but remain a Dodgers fan.
Thank you Mr. Claire for sharing your baseball and Dodgers experience with us!
I most enjoyed Fred's story for the fact that he got to where he is today through hard work and passion. Starting as a young boy in Ohio to becoming a beat writer covering the Dodgers, Fred did things the right way by starting at the bottom and working his way up to the top. Aside from great baseball stories, this book covers valuable life lessons, such as hard work, friendship and passion.
Ever wonder how and why Pedro Martinez got traded out of Dodger Blue? It's chronicled here!
Ever wonder how and why Mike Piazza got traded too? That's explained too!
You won't be disappointed!