Dodgers fire GM after two years

Associated Press
Published October 30, 2005

LOS ANGELES - Paul DePodesta was fired as Dodgers general manager Saturday.

Team owner Frank McCourt cited the team's lack of success as the reason DePodesta was let go.

"Our high expectations were not met," McCourt said.

McCourt hired DePodesta after buying the team in January 2004 from News Corp. The Dodgers won the NL West title in his first season, but DePodesta riled fans by trading popular catcher Paul Lo Duca and two other players at midseason.

The Dodgers went 71-91 this season, their worst record since 1992, after DePodesta made many offseason changes. Injuries, however, devastated the club: star closer Eric Gagne and outfielders J.D. Drew and Milton Bradley were among several players who spent extensive time on the disabled list.