The Dodgers have hired longtime major league coach Lee Elia as a special assistant to General Manager Ned Colletti, and the two go all the way back to the 1980s with the Cubs.
Elia, 71, is best known for being the Cubs manager who in 1983 unleashed a profanity-laced tirade aimed at fans at Wrigley Field after a loss to the Dodgers. Unfortunately, I will have to refrain from linking it here because I can't quite find a version with enough bleeps. Colletti, who began his major league career in 1982, happened to work in the Cubs media relations department at the time.
For those keeping count, that makes ten assistants for Colletti. Here are the other nine:
- Kim Ng, Vice President, Asst. General Manager
- Logan White, Assistant GM, Scouting
- De Jon Watson, Assistant GM, Player Development
- Mark Weidemaier, Special Assistant to the GM
- Toney Howell, Special Assistant to the GM
- Vance Lovelace, Special Assistant to the GM
- Bill Mueller, Special Assistant to the GM
- Rick Ragazzo, Special Assistant to the GM
- Jose Vizcaino, Special Assistant, Baseball Operations
I don't know where they find the money for all these assistants, but as long as their salaries don't count toward team payroll—knock yourself out, Ned. Or, have someone do it for you.