One of the best days of my life: McCourt OUT as Dodgers owner …

IT’S GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH FOOTBALL, BUT NEITHER DOES THE AIR WE BREATHE. HOWEVER, IT’S JUST AS IMPORTANT!

NEW YORK – Major League Baseball is taking the extraordinary step of assuming control of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team increasingly paralyzed by the bitter divorce of owners Frank and Jamie McCourt.

Once among baseball’s glamour franchises, the Dodgers have been consumed by infighting since Jamie McCourt filed for divorce after 30 years of marriage in October 2009, one week after her husband fired her as the team’s chief executive. Frank McCourt accused Jamie of having an affair with her bodyguard-driver and performing poorly at work.

Selig told Dodgers owner Frank McCourt that he will appoint a representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the club.

“I have taken this action because of my deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers and to protect the best interests of the club,” Selig said Wednesday in a statement.

Aram’s take: Among Frank’s accomplishments as owner of the greatest franchise in sports include: Raising parking from $10 to $15 (and lying about all the great benefits that would come from it), letting his (our) ballpark turn into a hangout for thugs, trading degenerate gambler and 30-something female favorite Paul LoDuca, signing idiot Manny Ramirez and of course his divorce from Wifey McCourt, who was too busy knocking boots with her bodyguard to keep her husband’s head on straight. Glad you’re gone!

  • Colt74

    You knew when he took a 30M loan from Fox the writing was on the wall. Should have happened a long time ago.

  • Amat Dad

    Finally, the big gut in the sky must love us because he truly listens. The Mc Courts are up to their eyes in debt and nothing is settled in their divorce case. What I forsaw was Dodgers selling off their young franchise players next. Glad that MLB stepped up and took charge. Saw where someone spotted Mc Court parking cars down at Staples trying to raise cash!

  • AZTEC PRIDE

    I was driving home the other night on the 605 fwy going north bound thru Baldwin Park, and I happened to notice the entire Baldwin Park soccer team pictured on the billboard, being congratulated by the city.

    Thought that was pretty cool!

    Good job BP!!!

  • Jhykron

    Funny how Bud Selig is suddenly the hero in all this, when it was his own failure to enforce baseball’s ownership requirements that allowed McCourt to purchase the team to begin with.

    Not sure why you hilight those particular accomplishments, though.

    “Raising parking from $10 to $15″

    The price hike was pretty much inevitible… most teams hike ticket or parking prices somewhere every year. What stunk about the parking lot thing was McCourt’s pathetic first attempts at revamping the exit routes from the parking lot.

    “letting his (our) ballpark turn into a hangout for thugs”

    Well, to be fair THAT trend was inhereted from the neglect of the Fox ownership. I don’t recall a single game I attended under either owner where a fight didn’t break out in one of the Pavilions.

    The new owner, whoever it is, really needs to enforce the “Disneyland Code of Conduct” at Dodger Stadium.

    “trading … Paul LoDuca”

    Well, that’s more on dePodesta, and it -was- a good baseball move. LoDuca was a juicer whose post all-star numbers were pretty lousy, and the Dodger starting pitching was in complete shambles at the time.

    “signing idiot Manny Ramirez”

    That one’s more on Coletti (Here’s a better complaint: Hiring an assistant GM for the Giants as your GM and letting him make the Dodgers a retirement home for has-been Giants). Still, ManROID did mash when he was in the lineup, and except for Juan Pierre’s 3-week Ty Cobb impression and Jay Gibbons going Marlon Anderson last September, left field has been pretty putrid without him.

    “his divorce from Wifey McCourt”

    Bah, how about taking money from the team to PAY for his divorce from Wifey McCourt.

    Or taking 100 Ms in a year OUT of the team for his family’s personal benefit.

    Or giving high paying positions to his useless kids.

    Or the shameless “McCourt brand” self promotion.

    Or making PR a higher priority than running the team (and, worse, doing a lousy job on the PR side -anyway-… if McCourt wants to sue someone, maybe try all the PR firms he has hired).

    Or setting a budget that backloads contracts so the Dodgers can pay 110 million in a year for 90 million in players.

  • Colt74

    Jhykron, outstanding post!

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