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Dodgers hire Colletti for general manager post

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers hired Ned Colletti as
their general manager Tuesday to replace the fired Paul
DePodesta.

Colletti has been an assistant GM with the rival San Francisco Giants since 1997. He beat out Dodgers assistant GM Kim Ng, who was
trying to become the first woman in major league history to be
hired as a GM.

The Dodgers called a news conference for Wednesday to introduce
Colletti in his new job.

Ng and Colletti were thought to be the only candidates to
interview for the job. Former Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians
GM John Hart withdrew as a candidate on Monday.

Dodgers spokeswoman Camille Johnston confirmed the hiring of
Colletti, who has served under Giants general manager Brian Sabean
for the past nine years.

The 50-year-old Colletti is considered a good negotiator and a
good communicator, attributes owner Frank McCourt said he wanted in
a GM after he fired DePodesta on Oct. 29.

DePodesta was let go after less than two years on the job. He
succeeded Dan Evans and signed a five-year contract in February
2004 -- shortly after McCourt purchased the team from News Corp.

The Dodgers are the only team in the majors without a manager.
McCourt said at the time of DePodesta's firing that the search to
replace Jim Tracy would be on hold until after a GM was picked.

Tracy and the team parted ways in October, and he was hired to
manage the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Dodgers went 71-91 last season, their worst record since
1992 and second-poorest since the franchise moved from Brooklyn to
Los Angeles in 1958. They won the NL West championship in 2004 with
a 93-69 record.

Colletti, who began his career in public relations for the
Chicago Cubs in 1982, eventually became involved in the baseball
operations side of the business. He represented the Cubs in
arbitration hearings and negotiated contracts.

Among the deals he put together were contracts for Ryne
Sandberg, Andre Dawson and Greg Maddux.

Working under Sabean with the Giants, Colletti again was heavily
involved in player negotiations, including working out a contract
for Barry Bonds.

During Colletti's years in San Francisco, the Giants won
division titles in 1997, 2000 and 2003, and were the NL champions
in 2002.

Ng and Roy Smith, the Dodgers' vice president of player
development, represented the club at the recent major league
general managers' meetings in Indian Wells, Calif.

Ng, who turns 37 on Thursday, was the New York Yankees'
assistant general manager for four years before taking the Dodgers'
job in December 2001. She also has worked for the Chicago White Sox
and the American League.