|Ned Colletti Special Advisor to the President and CEO|
Ned Colletti enters his eighth season as General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, making him the fifth-longest tenured GM in the National League since his appointment on Nov. 16, 2005.
In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the team's baseball operations, including all scouting, player personnel and player development.
Colletti is the 10th general manager in Los Angeles Dodger history and is entering his 32nd year in Major League Baseball. Since Colletti joined the Dodgers, inheriting a team that finished with a 71-91 record, the team has posted a 597-536 record (.527), the most wins by a National League general manager in that span and the third-best overall mark in the NL behind the Phillies (.563) and Cardinals (.531).
Among NL West opponents, the Dodgers lead second-place San Francisco by 18 games during the seven-year span. In his last 16 seasons as a general manager or assistant general manager, Colletti has finished over .500 14 times, went to the postseason seven times and had teams eliminated on the last day twice and next to the last day twice.
He reached 500 victories as a GM in 2011, hitting that milestone in 953 games, which was faster than every GM in Dodger history besides Buzzie Bavasi (895 games).
Over the last seven seasons, the club has the best ERA in the Major Leagues, six winning campaigns and reached the postseason three times.
The Dodgers appeared in postseason play three of his first four seasons (2006, 2008, 2009), making him the first general manager in Dodger history to accomplish that feat.
In 2009, the Dodgers finished the regular season with the best record in the National League for the first time since 1983 and swept the National League Division Series for the second consecutive season to reach the NLCS in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1977-78.
In 2008, the Dodgers won the NL West and swept the Cubs in the Division Series to reach the NLCS, capturing their first postseason series victory since their World Championship season of 1988.
In 2006, his first year as a GM, Colletti assembled a Major League team that tied for the National League Western Division title and reached the postseason as the National League Wild Card.
The 2013 Dodgers demonstrate Colletti's commitment to acquiring the game's top talent through all possible avenues, building this year's club through the draft (Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley), key trades (Andre Ethier, Hanley Ramirez, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez), free agency (Zack Greinke, Brandon League) and international signings (Hyun-Jin Ryu).
Much of the team's core has been locked up long-term with Crawford (2017), Ethier (2017), Gonzalez (2018), Greinke (2018) and Kemp (2019) signed for at least the next five seasons.
Colletti has renewed the club's focus on finding talent throughout the globe with additions both in the club's front office in International scouting and through free agent signings this year, including Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig and top Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Under Colletti, the Dodgers have further solidified their roots in Asia with the free-agent signings of Takashi Saito (2006) and Hiroki Kuroda (2007) as well as inking Robert Boothe, the club's first Japanese amateur signing.
In addition, the Dodgers played the first-ever Major League exhibition games in China in March 2008 and traveled to Taiwan for a goodwill series against a group of Chinese Professional Baseball League All-Stars during Spring Training in 2010.
The Dodgers have also been active in Central America and the Caribbean with amateur free agents Rubby De La Rosa (Dominican Republic) and Kenley Jansen (Curacao) reaching the Majors in recent years and the club's working agreement with the La Guaira Tiburones in Venezuela, signed in 2009, which reestablished a presence in that country.
Colletti and his staff have focused heavily on developing top talent at the minor league level and in the last two seasons, Dodger affiliates have posted a .536 combined winning percentage (818-708), which is the second-highest mark among Major League teams.
In addition, Dodger farm teams have made eight postseason appearances in the last two years with the 2011 Rookie-level Arizona Summer League Dodgers winning a league title.
For the past six seasons, the Dodgers have executed an offseason Winter Development Program for top prospects, which includes instruction both on and off the field.
In addition to learning the game from Dodger legends like the late Duke Snider, Tommy Lasorda, Maury Wills, Don Newcombe, Wes Parker and others, the young players take part in classroom sessions that help acclimate them to Los Angeles and the Major Leagues upon their eventual arrival.
Since the Winter Development Program's inception in 2008, 36 participating players have reached the Major Leagues.
Colletti also created the Dodger Pride Awards, which honor the organization's top minor league players each month.
Colletti has become known throughout the game for his success at obtaining talent during the season, particularly at the trade deadline.
This past season, he acquired All-Stars Hanley Ramirez (Marlins), Brandon League (Mariners), Shane Victorino (Phillies), Josh Beckett (Red Sox), Carl Crawford (Red Sox) and Adrian Gonzalez (Red Sox) along with left-handed specialist Randy Choate (Marlins), utilityman Nick Punto (Red Sox) and right-hander Joe Blanton (Phillies).
The nine-player trade with Boston, which consummated on Aug. 25 and sent five players to the Red Sox, was the largest trade in Los Angeles Dodger history.
Among the key contributors he has added in midseason in the past several years are three likely Hall of Famers – Greg Maddux (twice), Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome – as well as veterans Ted Lilly, Scott Podsednik, Ryan Theriot, Casey Blake, Vicente Padilla, George Sherrill, Ronnie Belliard and Jon Garland.
Colletti's first trade as GM netted All-Star outfielder Andre Ethier, while he continued to hold onto several key players who have become the nucleus of the team, including All-Stars Chad Billingsley, Kemp and Kershaw as well as A.J. Ellis and Dee Gordon, among others.
Colletti's acquisition of Manny Ramirez has been deemed by many as the greatest trade in Dodger franchise history, as he traded for the perennial All-Star just minutes before the trade deadline in 2008.
Ramirez went on to put together two of the greatest months in team history before continuing his torrid hitting during the postseason.
That trade, and the subsequent play of Ramirez, was named the top moment in Los Angeles sports in 2008 by the Los Angeles Sports Council.
During his tenure, the Dodgers and Colletti have been recognized for excellence, both locally and at a national level.
Topps named the Dodgers as Organization of the Year in 2010 with the prestigious award, which dates to 1966, recognizing the Major League team that has shown outstanding performance, depth and talent throughout their organization.
Similarly, the Dodgers were recognized as Baseball America's 2006 Organization of the Year as the Major League team reached the postseason spurred by homegrown talent and a deep farm system.
That offseason, the Los Angeles Daily News named him Sportsperson of the Year in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Sports Council tabbed him as Co-Executive of the Year, which he shared with his great friend, Brian Burke, then GM of the Anaheim Ducks and the Pitch & Hit Club of Chicago dubbed him Major League Executive of the Year.
Prior to joining the Dodgers, Colletti spent 11 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, the last nine years as the assistant general manager.
During his time in that position, the Giants posted an 813-644 record (.558), an average of more than 90 wins per season.
Since the beginning of the 1997 season, the club had played just 14 games that did not have playoff implications and during that nine-year span, the team advanced to the postseason four times and was eliminated on the final day of the season on two occasions.
From 1997-2004, the Giants posted a .570 winning percentage, the best eight-year record in San Francisco history and the third-best record in Major League Baseball. The club's .585 mark from 2000-04 was its best five-year mark as well. In his 14 seasons as a General Manager or Assistant General Manager, teams he has been associated with have finished over .500 in 12 seasons, qualified for the postseason seven times and were eliminated on the last day twice.
Prior to joining the Giants, Colletti worked for the Chicago Cubs, beginning his Major League career in 1982. He worked for three years in media relations before transitioning to the baseball operations department while handling salary arbitration cases, assisting in player acquisitions, evaluations and contract negotiations. He was a member of the organization when the Cubs won National League East Division titles in 1984 and 1989 and was honored with Major League Baseball's Robert O. Fishel Award in 1990.
The Chicago native graduated from Northern Illinois University and East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, IL, the same high school attended by Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, former Toronto Raptors general manager Glen Grunwald, and former NBA head coach Jimmy Rodgers. He was inducted into the Triton College Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, entering the same time as former Major League players Kirby Puckett, Lance Johnson and Jeff Reboulet.
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