MLB-run team nothing new for LA's Carroll
Infielder played for Expos when league operated team in 2004
LOS ANGELES -- Curious teammates came to Dodgers infielder Jamey Carroll Wednesday to learn what it's like to play for a Major League team run by Major League Baseball.
Carroll was on the Montreal Expos in 2004 when they were being run by MLB before their transfer to Washington, and now he's on the Dodgers, a team taken over by MLB on Wednesday.
"There are company takeovers all the time and the employees still work," Carroll said. "We still went out and played. We had no control over what was happening. We talked about it in the clubhouse -- what does it mean? But there wasn't anything really for us to figure out. We found out in the papers like everybody else."
Coincidentally, Carroll's general manager with those Expos, Jim Bowden, was at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday in his current role as a broadcaster with MLB Network Radio. Bowden remembers what it was like, having been selected to take over for Omar Minaya as general manager by Tony Tavares, who was installed by MLB to oversee the day-to-day operations.
"Tony Tavares, myself and [manager] Frank Robinson were brought in on an interim basis and the operation ran on its own," Bowden said. "We were given budget criteria to meet and Tavares said he wanted to make it work with the people he had. It worked really well because of the approach the Commissioner took.
"And I'll say this about the budget. We had an opportunity to sign a free agent above what we budgeted and we got approval to make a higher offer. It turned out that the player signed elsewhere, but they let us get out of budget to try for him."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.