If you've ever wondered why Frank McCourt's management of the Dodgers leads solid contributors like Derek Lowe to skip town at the first possible opportunity, or players like Manny Ramirez to think twice before signing on the dotted line, consider the incredibly delicate and inspiring management style of Frank McCourt. McCourt, at a dinner in Beveryly Hills for the sixth annual Professional Baseball Scout Foundation, had this to say (as was published in today's USA Today):
Dodgers owner Frank McCourrt said at the dinner he was frustrated by the lack of communication with free agent Manny Ramirez. McCourt said Los Angeles still wanted Ramirez back but wasn't willing to provide a long-term contract to the veteran slugger.
Yep, nothing engenders employee loyalty like using a negotiation period to denigrate said employee in the national media. Way to go, Frank! Publicly griping about Ramirez to USA Today is sure to land a long-term deal!
The Dodgers have a gifted and adept VP in Public Relations in Josh Rawitch. It's too bad McCourt doesn't have one for himself.
Or at least, a muzzle.