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Ron Washington's Extraordinary Dodger Career
2006-11-06 17:52
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

The new Texas Rangers manager hit .368 for the Dodgers, you know.

Here's his most memorable game.

And here's his odyssey. Despite that .368, Washington was a late and moderate bloomer - plus, something happened in '78 that waylaid him.

Comments (91)
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2006-11-06 18:21:36
1.   bhsportsguy
There are 5 franchises that have never had a a former player from the Dodger franchise as their manager.

4 are pretty easy to guess and the last one should not be too hard. And those teams have won 4 World Series within the last 25 years.

2006-11-06 18:21:59
2.   Bob Timmermann
Ron Washington was traded for the Wayne Caughey!
2006-11-06 18:35:04
3.   Vishal
it looks like an interesting game, but wash's 2 singles and an error don't really stand out.
2006-11-06 18:39:00
4.   Vishal
[1] arizona, colorado, florida, tampa bay...

i'm going to guess the royals for the fifth one.

2006-11-06 18:41:31
5.   Ken Arneson
1 It's not the A's. I looked it up: the A's have had two former Dodger players as managers: Dick Williams and Bob Kennedy.
2006-11-06 18:41:53
6.   Bluebleeder87
if anything he was part of "the big blue wrecking crew" but seriously Ken Arneson likes him so i'll give a "big up" to the Rangers for hiring him. i would give serious big ups!! if the Dodgers fired our 3rd base coach.
2006-11-06 18:43:26
7.   Bob Timmermann
1

I counted six:

Tampa Bay
Arizona
Cincinnati
Colorado
Kansas City
Toronto

2006-11-06 18:43:41
8.   Bluebleeder87
1

that's actually pretty cool to know

2006-11-06 18:44:02
9.   Bob Timmermann
Jeff Torborg managed Florida.
2006-11-06 18:46:33
10.   Bluebleeder87
7

I was actually gonna say Washington but Robinson manages them.

2006-11-06 18:48:34
11.   Bob Timmermann
Scratch Cincinnati, but you have to go WAYYYYY back in time.
2006-11-06 18:49:11
12.   Bob Timmermann
10
Frank Robinson managed Washington.

The past tense has never sounded so good.

2006-11-06 18:52:57
13.   Vishal
[7] know it all :P
2006-11-06 18:53:37
14.   Vishal
actually, that should be hyphenated, i think.... know-it-all. but i bet bob knew that, too.
2006-11-06 19:13:13
15.   Bluebleeder87
11

Did Sparky Anderson play for the Dodgers? minors maybe?

2006-11-06 19:18:41
16.   D4P
The past tense has never sounded so good

"Danys Baez pitched for Los Angeles" has to be close

2006-11-06 19:22:24
17.   Vishal
[16] yeah, but with that comes the realization that he was a dodger, and that we traded for him.
2006-11-06 19:31:31
18.   D4P
17
Being lost makes being found that much sweeter
2006-11-06 19:32:32
19.   Bob Timmermann
Sparky Anderson was originally signed by the Dodgers.

Former Toronto manager Tim Johnson was a Dodgers draft pick.

2006-11-06 19:46:11
20.   Bluebleeder87
I read that Sparky makes his home in sounthern California
2006-11-06 19:56:46
21.   Bob Timmermann
Sparky Anderson has lived in Thousand Oaks for a very long time. His wife used to work at a drug store there during the season. He grew up in L.A. and went to Dorsey High.
2006-11-06 20:28:18
22.   Bluebleeder87
21

i heard that too, i love that his wife worked even though she really didn't have too

2006-11-06 20:40:29
23.   Bob Timmermann
I don't think Sparky Anderson made a huge salary when he managed the Reds. The Tigers probably paid him more. But the Reds were a pretty cheap organization when Anderson was managing there.
2006-11-06 20:51:28
24.   D4P
"Fanny pack at 13 equals virginity at 35"

- Sklar twins

2006-11-06 20:52:57
25.   Bluebleeder87
23

Major League salaries even for a manager are very good no?

2006-11-06 21:14:25
26.   Bob Timmermann
I doubt Anderson was paid a whole lot in the 1970s.
2006-11-06 22:12:05
27.   bhsportsguy
26 Would not surprise me if John Wooden gets more for speaking engagements than he ever got paid for coaching.

11 Nice job, yes the Cincy job does go all the way the back to when the team was not called the Dodgers.

2006-11-06 22:24:20
28.   Greg Brock
I'm getting the funniest feeling that Aaron Sorkin does not like Christian Conservatives.

I may be way off base, but it's just my intuitive nature.

2006-11-06 22:45:20
29.   Greg Brock
24 With Arrested Development and Cheap Seats both getting the axe, D4P is in for a lonely year.

Unless I can convince him that Survivorman is the best show on TV. Hey, it's shot without a studio audience, has no laugh track.

2006-11-06 22:46:32
30.   Bob Timmermann
27
I don't think Wooden made over $50K for UCLA in one year.
2006-11-06 22:53:04
31.   D4P
28
Aaron Sorkin does not like Christian Conservatives

They're popularity is not at an all-time high

29
It's a sad state of affairs. Hopefully Cheap Seats reruns will still be shown, as I haven't seen all the episodes. Plus, I still laugh at episodes I've seen anyway. BTW: My wife saw Rebecca Sealfon (the Spelling Bee girl) at Whole Foods this summer. We weren't 100% certain it was her until I discovered that she's now a doctoral student at Duke.

2006-11-06 22:59:42
32.   Greg Brock
31
You know, I really have no tolerance for people who feel the need to foist their religious opinions on me, but that's not the same as being openly hostile to their core beliefs. Sorkin seems to really enjoy tweaking religified people on their religificationitude. That kind of bothers me. You could argue that religified peopled bring it on themselves by being so publicly religificated, but shame on folks like Sorkin for taking the bait.

So, anyhoo, Zito or Schmidt?

2006-11-06 23:01:28
33.   Greg Brock
And Cheap Seats would have been much better if they could have gotten the rights to better programming.

Seriously, Arm wrestling? Miniature Golf? Roller Derby? ABC Wide World of Sports Cliffdiving?

2006-11-06 23:06:52
34.   Greg Brock
I should add that as a Pentacostal Snake Handler, my religious beliefs are never represented on television.
2006-11-06 23:07:31
35.   D4P
32
You know, I really have no tolerance for people who feel the need to foist their religious opinions on me

People who think they are doing what they are supposed to be doing are often being counterproductive, but that doesn't seem to deter them or convince them to change their methods.

33
That's the whole point of the show. These "sports" are begging for ridicule, and Jason and Randy are there to provide it. Take tonight's episode, which examined an episode of "Unbelievable Sports." Do Sumo wrestling and Yo-yo-ing really count as "unbelievable"? Or as "sports," for that matter?

2006-11-06 23:12:31
36.   Greg Brock
33
The lovely Kate Walsh was once a bit character in a sketch on Cheap Seats. She tried to portray a trashy woman. It didn't work. She remains that rare, ultra hot red head.

Ah, Kate Walsh, proving yet again that red heads are either completely unattractive (98%), or ridiculously hot (2%). No in-between. Two true outcomes, indeed.

2006-11-06 23:16:31
37.   D4P
36
I didn't know who Kate Walsh was, and had to look her up on The Google. Did she play that weird old woman who sat between the Sklars on the couch and stuck the remote between her, um, mammary glands?

red heads are either completely unattractive (98%), or ridiculously hot (2%)

'Tis true, 'tis true

2006-11-06 23:21:41
38.   Greg Brock
37 Kate Walsh is on Grey's Anatomy, and I want to have her children.

On Cheap Seats, she guest starred on the Thailand bull riding/rattlesnake gathering episode.

2006-11-06 23:26:17
39.   D4P
38
I don't watch Grey's Anatomy. Do you actually want to have her children, or do you just want to have pop-pop with her...?

Hmmm, that Cheap Seats episode was on recently, but I don't remember Kate Walsh. What did she do?

2006-11-06 23:34:46
40.   Greg Brock
39 Yes, I would defy millions of years of biology for Kate Walsh. I would have her children.

Of course, I would grow a third kneecap if it meant I could have a date with Emily Watson, so the boundaries of nature really don't mean much to me.

2006-11-06 23:36:02
41.   Greg Brock
By the by, Hugh Laurie is on Leno tonight, so this will be the first time I've watched that horrible hack of a comedian in more than five years.
2006-11-06 23:38:16
42.   D4P
I would defy millions of years of biology for Kate Walsh.

I don't understand.

And I had to look up Emily Watson on The Google too.

2006-11-06 23:40:19
43.   Greg Brock
Not just google, but The Google.

Wow, you really went all out with the searching.

2006-11-06 23:44:05
44.   D4P
I just looked up "The Google" on The Google and found the kind of entries I was hoping for

And I still didn't understand your biology comment...

2006-11-06 23:46:58
45.   trainwreck
I thought Kate Walsh was attractive even when she was blonde and on the Drew Carrey show and then for awhile she had brown hair, which I thought made her even more attractive.
2006-11-06 23:47:50
46.   Greg Brock
No worries, it was just a very convoluded way of saying that I would very much like to have the intercourse.

And yes, the train has officially gone off the tracks with this conversation.

So, Barry Zito should be looking at around 5/75 million, yes?

2006-11-06 23:51:59
47.   D4P
I would very much like to have the intercourse

Do you mean "with Kate Walsh" in particular, or just in general?

2006-11-06 23:52:04
48.   Bob Timmermann
How does this all relate to Karl Dorrell?

Or Walt Harris?

2006-11-06 23:54:22
49.   Greg Brock
47 I was referring to Kate Walsh.

48 I hope the answer is "not at all"

And I am falling down laughing right now, while working on the third incarnation of my doomed blog. I call it "This Blog is Neither Humorous nor Useful." If anything, it's true to it's title.

2006-11-07 00:02:54
50.   D4P
49
Will you be linking us to your blog any time soon...?
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2006-11-07 00:05:05
51.   Greg Brock
50 Not a chance.

I've done some blogging before, mostly for my friends, who find it quite amusing. But no, I like to think that I'm a fairly likeable fellow here on DT. Connecting anything I migh write would ruin that, I'm sure.

2006-11-07 00:07:07
52.   trainwreck
What is your blog about?
2006-11-07 00:07:53
53.   trainwreck
I bet you just make fun of your students.
2006-11-07 00:08:21
54.   D4P
who find it quite amusing

But not humorous...or useful...

2006-11-07 00:11:31
55.   trainwreck
54
Greg Brock's blog, it's like lighting your farts on fire.
2006-11-07 00:12:35
56.   Greg Brock
It's really quite stupid and superfluous. Sometimes I write about movies. Sometimes, I write about baseball. For awhile, I wrote an advice column for my friend, who had never really had a serious girlfriend until now. I basically told him to do all the wrong stuff. It's quite sophomoric, to be honest.

And yes, high school students get mocked as well. The blog should probably be called "Greg Brock's id, because its' really the most base, immature, and ridiculous stuff."

2006-11-07 00:13:38
57.   D4P
like to think that I'm a fairly likeable fellow here on DT. Connecting anything I migh write would ruin that, I'm sure

Now I'm intrigued. What is it about your writings that would cause us to like you less...?

2006-11-07 00:15:12
58.   Greg Brock
55 Yeah, I basically try to keep it one intellectual step above lighting farts. But with really smart words and stuff.

It's nice to have an output like that. You have to be all "School this, maturity that, and 'mentor for young people' the other thing in school." It gets quite tedious.

2006-11-07 00:17:38
59.   Greg Brock
57Well, since I completely obliterated my last two blogs, I would have to rebuild the new one before telling you guys about it. I'll start writing one again, and you can decide for yourself.

I blog, you decide.

2006-11-07 00:24:23
60.   trainwreck
So it is basically just a rant blog. Those are often the funniest.
2006-11-07 00:25:35
61.   D4P
My one and only blog (more or less on the interface between religion and politics) didn't last very long. I didn't get enough readers to make it feel worthwhile. Oh well.
2006-11-07 00:29:08
62.   trainwreck
Wow, a lot of bloggers here.
2006-11-07 00:31:40
63.   Greg Brock
61 Oh, doing it to garner readers isn't worth it. I do it because every once in a while, somebody reads it, and seems to like it.

It's also funny to just drop some 1500 word essay on the blog, and have my friends calling me, laughing hysterically a day later.

2006-11-07 00:32:55
64.   Bluebleeder87
That's the whole point of the show. These "sports" are begging for ridicule, and Jason and Randy are there to provide it. Take tonight's episode, which examined an episode of "Unbelievable Sports." Do Sumo wrestling and Yo-yo-ing really count as "unbelievable"? Or as "sports," for that matter?

yeah that's what i liked about the show, so there being cancelled that's to bad i really liked the show.

2006-11-07 00:35:02
65.   Greg Brock
Cheap Seats is one of those little gems that you can remember fondly, while most people go one without even knowing about it.

You know, like Arrested Development and Sports Night, except not remotely as good...

2006-11-07 00:36:56
66.   trainwreck
Or Duckman.
2006-11-07 00:39:20
67.   Greg Brock
Or The Godfather
2006-11-07 00:40:45
68.   trainwreck
Also Doctor Doctor with Matt Frewer of Max Headroom fame. I saw it in syndication as it came out when I was 5.
2006-11-07 00:41:03
69.   trainwreck
*Maxx Headroom
2006-11-07 00:44:19
70.   Bluebleeder87
65

i remember in one show they made fun of Steve Garvey's hair i was laughing out loud.

2006-11-07 00:45:59
71.   Greg Brock
My all time favorite unknown gem is Hal Ashby. The best director that nobody knows about. And, for a decade, the best editor in the business.

I like to think of my blog as Hal Ashby...Except with a lot less facial hair and marijuana use.

2006-11-07 00:47:37
72.   trainwreck
He did Harold and Maude.
2006-11-07 00:49:15
73.   trainwreck
I had to IMDB him to find out anything else he did.
2006-11-07 00:55:19
74.   trainwreck
I remember when no one knew who Peter Jackson or Sam Raimi were.
2006-11-07 00:57:57
75.   Greg Brock
Harold and Maude, Shampoo, The Last Detail, Being There, Coming Home.

Great Director. Just a great filmmaker.

2006-11-07 01:01:18
76.   Bluebleeder87
i had to google Kate Walsh she's a babe not a mega babe but a babe none the less
2006-11-07 01:05:56
77.   Greg Brock
76 See her act some time.

Personality goes a long way

2006-11-07 01:10:05
78.   Bluebleeder87
77

agreed, kind of like my huge crush on Gwen Stefany i see your point.

2006-11-07 06:51:53
79.   Andrew Shimmin
Can any one account for the whereabouts of one Greg Brock last Thursday?

http://tinyurl.com/yeynav

2006-11-07 08:32:37
80.   D4P
79
Before I click on your link, I seem to recall Greg saying he was gonna be in El Cerrito.

Now, let's click on this link...

Uh-oh...

2006-11-07 08:42:33
81.   Marty
79 That's the best story I've read in awhile. That's not exactly the place I'd want to hide an awl.
2006-11-07 08:47:01
82.   Bob Timmermann
Did anyone else learn what an awl looked like from watching the game show "Concentration"?
2006-11-07 08:48:39
83.   Sushirabbit
79 ... now that's EDGY.
2006-11-07 08:52:04
84.   Sam DC
That's not exactly the place I'd want to hide an awl.

And to think, I actually was considering clicking that link.

2006-11-07 08:56:00
85.   Sushirabbit
Really, that's definitely over the edge.

My wife pointed out the John Ford special tonight on TCM, knowing that I admire his stuff. Just as I looked at the TV it showed him with a Dodger cap on. I thought that was pretty cool.

2006-11-07 08:59:52
86.   Bluebleeder87
And to think, I actually was considering clicking that link.

i cliked on it & i'm regreting it now, the visual is just not right.

2006-11-07 09:18:26
87.   Marty
It's election night, so I'm kinda busy, but I'm going to record that Ford documentary. My Darling Clementine, Liberty Valance and Grapes of Wrath are great movies.
2006-11-07 09:24:42
88.   Greg Brock
I don't even own an awl!

What's an awl?

2006-11-07 09:46:40
89.   D4P
I don't even own an awl!

Not any more...

2006-11-07 09:51:46
90.   Sam DC
Wimpy Paciorek has not been renewed by the Nationals. Here's his parting statement:

"I was really disappointed, because of all my 19 years in broadcasting, this was the most fun I've had," Paciorek said yesterday. "I was most proud of what we accomplished this year because I love being part of a team, and I thought we were really well-received.

"But I've also been in this business long enough to know that I don't appeal to people in high authority. I'm not sure why."

Paciorek said he would retire from broadcasting, "because this is the only job I wanted."

2006-11-07 10:17:03
91.   Bluebleeder87
91

i don't know who he is but is he up there in age?

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