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Grady Liitle Resigns As Dodgers Manager

Grady Little got a raw deal, sorry there is just no way you can spin it other wise. Little who was given public assurance by Los Angeles management that he would be back on the Dodgers bench next season as manager will not be back. In what Little termed "a mutual resignation" Little and the Dodgers parted ways Tuesday paving the way for the possibility of Joe Torre coming in as manager.

Little did not have a great year as Dodgers manager this past season, the club went 82-80, and there was talk of dissension in the clubhouse. But if Los Angeles management wanted him out, they should have fired him, not make statements that he would be back. Last week rumors started to surface that new Yankees manager Joe Girardi was having discussions with the Dodgers for the managers job. Monday the Journal News out of New York reported that Torre would be getting the job. Where I grew up they call that back stabbing, Little deserved better.

I had the pleasure covering Grady Little for two seasons when he was the Cleveland Indians bench coach. I have never met a classier or more proud man in professional sports. When word came back to Grady that the Dodgers were engaged in subterfuge, he did the right thing. He would not put up with the chicanery and told Los Angeles that he did not need this aggravation. Little said that he resigned for "personal reasons." It was unfortunately made too public by an organization that went back on it's commitment.
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