Wednesday, April 20, 2011

We Make Party?

From @BillShaikin:

Breaking: Selig expected to announce this afternoon MLB will take over #dodgers financial operations. More soon at latimes.com

UPDATE: From "Bud Selig confirms appointment of Dodgers trustee, investigation into club finances" by Bill Shaikin at the LA Times:

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig announced Wednesday that his office will assume control of the Dodgers' operations. Owner Frank McCourt needed a personal loan from Fox in order to meet the Dodgers' payroll last week.

The official statement from Commissioner Bud Selig:

"Pursuant to my authority as Commissioner, I informed Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt today that I 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, its great fans and all of Major League Baseball. My office will continue its thorough investigation into the operations and finances of the Dodgers and related entities during the period of Mr. McCourt's ownership. I will announce the name of my representative in the next several days. The Dodgers have been one of the most prestigious franchises in all of sports, and we owe it to their legion of loyal fans to ensure that this club is being operated properly now and will be guided appropriately in the future."

49 comments:

Dave said...

The greatest days in Dodger history: April 15, 1947; October 4, 1955; October 15, 1988; April 20, 2011.

MR.F said...

Wow.

Steve K said...

From the ESPN article about the move:

"Selig says he will announce the new team head in the next several days."

Any chance he appoints somebody already on the MLB payroll with knowledge of the Dodgers? Perhaps Kim Ng?

I just hope it's not Joe Torre!

Spank said...

Straight up hostile takeover.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Hooray! I get to go to the first game under MLB control! I can tell my grandkids about this!

Neeebs said...

Bud just called. I told him that I'd have to pass. Trying to form the reunion of the Flaming Menudos.

MR.F said...

I hope Kim Ng gets appointed to take care of us. It'd be awesome. Like she infiltrated the MLB just to free the Dodgers from the evil grips of the McCourts

NicJ said...

I feel reborn. I'm like a Phoenix rising from Arizona!!

NicJ said...

This has been quite a week of LA sports collapses.

Neeebs said...

Anyone taking odds that McCourt goes to Court to enjoin the MLB action?

Wicks said...

where can I find an la station lonline talking about this?

NicJ said...

Espnla.com and click the radio tab.

Paul said...

Just got the word!!!

Ewoks are dancing and Dusty is dry humping Frank McCourt!!

Alex Cora said...

Let's go get cliff lee now!!!

Wicks said...

much thanks NicJ!

Mr. Customer said...

Totally unrelated, but I'll be going to my first game this season tonight, as well.

It seems perfectly appropriate.

Wicks said...

Lets get an owner with cash and be the west coast NL Yankees!!!!!!

Mr. Customer said...

...or at least the cash to be the Dodgers again!

Paul said...

The reunion won't happen Neeebs now that our keytarist was indicted for selling Inca matrimonial headmasks in South America.

A benefit concert for his defense will be in the works.

NicJ said...

Wouldn't it just great if the stadium were packed tonight. Just because of the news.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

It would be like when all of the munchkins run around after they learned the Wicked Witch was crushed by Dorothy's house.

Josh S. said...

It's Mister Mister night at the Ravine.

Josh S. said...

MLB Network doing game updates instead of talking about this story.

MeanieBreanie said...

It's about friggin time!
(doing backflips and cartwheels)

Paul said...

I can end my three week strike of not going to a game!!

MR.F said...

We owe this victory to Paul. Thanks for going on strike! It's all because of you!

Paul said...

I do buy a lot of beer...

Dusty Baker said...

Holy spit! I do one bit of work without looking at the news, and this happens! We are making sweet, sweet party and dry humping Kemp!

We still suck though, right?

Mr. Customer said...

Yes, we suck. But we have some hope of reprieve at this point.

QuadSevens said...

FREEEEEEEEEEEEEDOOOOOMMMMMMM!!!

Josh S. said...

Pure speculation, but I wonder if we'll start seeing guys play a little more motivated now. Either out joy of not working for Frank, or out of fear of being part of a fire sale.

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers are adding a banner in 2012

Paul said...

Breaking: Uribe's general soreness is cured!!!

Still sucks however.

Steve Sax said...

Mr C and Mr LASC: I'm at the game tonight, too

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Isn't Dusty going as well?

rbnlaw said...

Wow! This news is so big, even the off-day puzzlers are weighing in.

I saw this at the gym and almost fell off the treadmill. After another disappointing day as an Arsenal supporter, Bud has brought me my ray of sunshine.

My only question is, WHY DID IT TAKE YOU SO FUCKING LONG TO FIGURE THIS OUT, BUD?????

Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful.

rbnlaw said...

@Sax:
A banner touting this day as the team's Day of Deliverance?

We suck less!!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Bud was going to take care of this earlier, but there were some punk kids riding skateboards on the sidewalk outside his house that needed a stern talking to.

Alex Cora said...

Mets fans are yelling Me too Me too!!!!

Dodger Mom said...

LOL Alex Cora.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I'm off.

Mr. Customer said...

@Sax/MLASC

You're always welcome to stop by for a celebratory cerveza.

That goes for all y'all, too.

Mr. Doctor said...

Amazing. Wow.

Mr. Doctor said...

Giants' fans are calling us the AIG of the baseball world...

karen said...

I never thought this could happen to the Dodgers. I am ecstatic to see the (wo)men on white horses coming!

Kim Ng I'm rooting for you

Paul said...

Giants fans can like my balls!

cc:Dusty, FV

Pistol Pete Reiser said...

I feel relieved, like we've hit bottom and know the worst is over. Yet, terrified that Frank might keep being stubborn and drag this on interminably...

Guarded optimism seems prudent.

Wish I was at the park tonight to breath the fresh air of freedom.

Dusty Baker said...

I sure hope Ng helps out, Karen!

Spank said...

It's going to get worse before it gets better.