Daily Distractions: Introducing the Frank McCourt School of Public Policy.

Frank McCourt

Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. (Getty Images)

Preparing for a future in government or public policy?

Stop by Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. As in Frank McCourt, former Dodgers owner.

The Washington Post reported today that McCourt is giving his alma mater a $100 million gift to open a public policy school in his name, one that will keep pace with similar programs at Harvard, George Washington, the University of Maryland and George Mason University. Writes the Post:

Georgetown’s version will focus on analysis of massive data files emerging from a plethora of government agencies and other sources in the 21st century, seeking to shed light on education, health, poverty and other subjects.

Georgetown Provost Robert Groves, a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, said the data initiative will capi­tal­ize on the explosive growth of quantitative public information through such sites as www.data.gov, to help frame policy issues and train new generations of government leaders.

Maybe it’s just us, but there’s a little irony in a businessman who drove a baseball team into bankruptcy, and whose overseeing of the Dodgers’ official charity was investigated by the California attorney general’s office, promoting the dissemination of public information.

Some bullet points for a World Water Monitoring Day:

• Online oddsmaker Bovada lists the Dodgers as the World Series favorites at 15:4. Boston (9:2) and Detroit (5:1) follow.

• It’s hard to fault the defense of Juan Uribe, Mark Ellis and Adrian Gonzalez, but it’s also hard to quantify. Enter this stat, shared today by ESPN’s Mark Simon: The Dodgers are the majors’ fourth-best team at turning ground balls and bunts into outs. Figure this is partly a testament to all those weak ground balls induced by Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu too.

• If the Dodgers lose today, blame the Kings’ mascot for jinxing it.

Trevor Hoffman helped launch an app today.

• Seven years ago today, Hoffman was pitching for the San Diego Padres and allowed two of the Dodgers’ team-record seven home runs in a miraculous 11-10 comeback win.

• Twenty years ago today, Don Mattingly drove in the go-ahead runs in an equally improbable Yankees win.

For your MVP consideration, once again: Clayton Kershaw.

• Feelin’ Kinda Blue chose an all-Dodgers prospect team.

Chris Davis is having the 10th-best home run season of the last 50 years. FanGraphs explains how this is possible.

• LOTS of rumors floating around that the drummer from Gayngs (the first person shown in the video below) is also the author of the Tim Scott Blog. Working to confirm. In the meantime, enjoy Gaudy Side of Town:

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.