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Friday, 13 October 2006 01:27

DodgersRoy Smith, the Dodgers' vice-president of scouting and player development resigned yesterday. Smith was hired before the start of the 2004 season by Paul DePodesta, and Smith cited uncertainty over his role with the new regime under new GM Ned Colletti. The resignation was not forced.

As reported:

 "We sat and talked and it was the time to do it," Smith said. "I felt like I needed a change. The way things were going, not that it's wrong, but personally I felt it was time to move on.

"There were a lot of reasons. Ned was fine. He was great with me and we had a respectful talk."

Colletti said he was surprised by Smith's departure and does not plan to hire a replacement soon, if at all.

"I believed our relationship was solid," he said. "A lot of what we accomplished, Roy was part of. I'm sad, but I can understand it."

Smith was assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1999 to 2004 and pitched in the majors for eight seasons.

(The LA Times

 
 
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