On the heels of Ned Colleti's failure to strengthen a suspect bullpen at the trading deadline he was pushed aside in favor of the boy wonder in Tampa bay, Andrew Friedman. The architect of great success in Tampa even when confronted with minimal payroll realities.
Friedman was given the title President of Baseball Operations while Colletti was relegated to a "Senior Advisor" position.
Friedman will hand pick his own GM.
Meanwhile the idiot Don Mattingly's contract expires in 2015 coincidentally with Joe Maddon's in Tampa.
Hate the idea of Mattingly steering the ship one more year but will hope he is shown the door ASAP.
Whereas I would prefer a Manager that comes from the Dodger system I've golfed with MIke Scioscia (Who I really wanted to come home) and an ex Dodger Billy Ashley and there seems to be quite a bit of dislike for Tommy Lasorda. Go figure.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic bishops signaled a radical shift in tone Monday about accepting gays into the church, saying they had gifts to offer and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexual couples with "precious" support. In a preliminary report, released half-way through a Vatican meeting on family life called by Pope Francis, the bishops also said the church must welcome divorcees and recognize the "positive" aspects of civil marriages and even Catholics who cohabitate, as well as the children of these less traditional families.
While it does not change church doctrine, the tone of the report on a host of hot-button family issues such as marriage, divorce, homosexuality and birth control was one of almost-revolutionary acceptance and understanding rather than condemnation. It will guide a closed-door debate until a final document is issued Saturday.
Gay rights groups hailed what they called a "seismic shift" in the church's attitude toward gays.
"For the LGBT Catholics in the United States and around the world, this new document is a light in the darkness — a dramatic new tone from a church hierarchy that has long denied the very existence of committed and loving gay and lesbian partnerships," said Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign, the biggest LGBT rights organization in the U.S.
Some conservative cardinals downplayed the report as insignificant or derided it as unacceptable, while conservative groups denounced it as heresy and a "betrayal" that will only serve to confuse Catholics.
"Confused, contradictory chaos in Rome," headlined the arch-conservative commentator Michael Voris. Bishops clearly took into account the views of the pope, whose "Who am I to judge?" comment about gays signaled a new tone of welcome for the church. Their report also reflected the views of ordinary Catholics who, in responses to Vatican questionnaires in the run-up to the synod, rejected church teaching on birth control and homosexuality as outdated and irrelevant.
In a sign of the chasm that is apparently underway, Francis decided late Friday to add six progressives from four continents to the synod leadership to help prepare the final document after several conservatives were elected to leadership positions. None of Francis' appointees were Africans, who are traditionally among the most conservative on family issues.
"The drama continues," a wry Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila, said of the debate.
The bishops said gays had "gifts and qualities" to offer and asked rhetorically if the church was ready to provide them a welcoming place, "accepting and valuing their sexual orientation without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony."
For a 2,000-year-old institution that teaches that gay sex is "intrinsically disordered," even posing the question was significant.