Wednesday, June 29, 2011

How long will it take for baseball to strike out McCourt?

When will this non-sense stop? How can one of the most storied sports franchises in all of The major sports, be belly-up? Well, here’s how. You have the governing body of the sport Major League Baseball, decide to let someone with bad credentials and a sketchy financial history, buy the team. Then that owner decides behind closed doors to spend the franchises money on houses, trips, personal items and keeping his greedy wife happy. Only when the marriage to the greedy wife goes belly-up, does the dirt surface to the top and here we are.

So the Dodgers, the Los Angeles Dodgers, winners of six championships in the City of Angels are broke. Owner Frank McCourt has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The motive behind the move of course is so the most hated man in Southern California can meet the teams payroll for June 30th. The club will receive 150 million in Debtor in Possession financing. This will allow the players, venders, workers and everyone else involved to be paid, while the club can continue to function. What is also does, is buys MCBROKE, time to try and convince Baseball’s commissioner Bud Selig to let him do a multi-billion dollar television deal with a network to bring instant income to the Dodgers financial state.

This is where baseball and the commish need to strike MCBROKE out once and for all. First of all, the bankruptcy of the club cannot possibly be in the best interest of baseball. I don’t care if it was Selig’s blockage of MCBROKE’S Fox Deal that put these wheels in motion. That was done because the commish doesn’t trust the owner after the word came out during his divorce he was using Dodgers money to finance his lifestyle. Why should baseball give this guy a free pass to first,when all these troubles were brought on by himself? It shouldn’t plain and simple. Selig should use the bankruptcy as enough evidence that it would be in the best interest of baseball for the leagueto take over the franchise. Now this will most likely happen, but it needs to happen now!

Dodger fans are among the most loyal in the sport. The club hasn’t won a World Series title since 1988. 22 years is a long time in any league, yet fans have rolled through the gates of their blue heaven at at Chavez Ravine at a clip of over three-million a year, up until this mess of 2011. Now the home base is basically boycotting the franchise to the tune of thousands of empty seats in one of the most pristine stadiums in the bigs. For Dodger fans to put their wallets down is really saying somethingin itself. Now it’s time for Mr. Selig to back the fans play and boot MCBROKE out of the game for
good.


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Monday, June 27, 2011

McCort takes MLB to court but not before he BK’s one of it’s most storied franchises

The LA Dodgers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court Monday, sighting Major League Baseball for refusing to approve a multibillion-dollar TV deal that owner Frank McCourt was counting on to keep the troubled team afloat. Chapter 11 allows for the Dodgers to continue daily operations or around 150 million, providing them with some breathing room to pursue a media deal that could pump about 60 million up front, no doubt most of which will wind up being divided between the McCourts. It also will by Frank Mac time to get the house in order and possibly come out of this still holding the reigns of the horse. However there are two big hurdles in the way, one that Fox is against McCourt trying to push a deal through even though they now have all of the negotiating power as the deal could be worth up to 3 Billion with $385million up front. Both parties have said the deal would facilitate the further diversion of Dodgers assets for the personal needs of Mr. McCourt", yea ya think? It would pretty much bail him out, but the second hurdle could be too high overcome, the fact that Mlb holds the right to terminate a franchise once it files for bk, and it’s no secret Selig and Frank are not drinking buddies, so for the second time in one inning McCourt could be gunned down at the plate with a chance to score a major run. In any case this has been a farce from the beginning. I realize there are some major cons to business ownership of a franchise, but some of the worst travesties have come at the heels of personal ownership (ie; the fire sale of the Oakland A’s in the 70’s at the hands of Charlie Finley) and the fact the one of MLB’s most storied franchises is being dismantled because of a lover’s quarrel makes a mockery of the great American pastime. Only in Hollywood could something like this play out, could you imagine the McCourts being able to show their face on streets of New York after 12 noon if they did this to the Yankees? Rest assured Bud will have a counter strike planned and hopefully the bad soap opera will be put to rest for the good of a potentially great ball club, and the betterment of the league.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Interleague play survives the schedule challenges

The interleague schedule was facing some serious challenges with the ‘dogs of chance’ as the most of the last place or fledgling clubs were scheduled with non-rivalry competition. IE; DBacks / Royals (19k tickets sold), Florida/LAAngels (17k), and Rockies/ Indians (15k) but other than those MLB has made another case in point how valuable inter-league play is. Aberrations like the Last place A’s taking on the Mets drew 37k paid, and even the last place, 10-games out Orioles drew 33k paid (38 total) against the Pirates on a Tuesday so if this group of games was the big concern then Selig now has some money in the bank. Cornerstones like Cards/Phillies (40K), Cubs/White Sox (35k) delivered despite challenging weather, and attendance strongholds like LA (38k vs. Detroit) and Boston (38K vs. last place San Diego) can always be counted on to tow the company line. The games did their best to help out as five of the twelve games were within one run, so despite the fact that there was no sell-outs per say, the attendance wasn’t the disappointment expected and the fans were treated to some pretty good baseball.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Where have all the cowboys gone? Nowhere, you just have look a little harder.

There were tons of question marks at the beginning season particularly from the staples of MLB, is the clock on the Yankees ticking? Are the Rays the Florida Marlins of this decade as the quintessential ‘rent a team’ as they were being dismantled after letting most of their high priced talent go in a fire sale. How would Albert perform under the cloud of a contract negotiation this season? Despite all of their young talent would the Dodgers be able to make a playoff push amid the soap opera divorce of the McCorts? Even more intriguing were the individual player stories, Jeter vs. the front office, Pujols vs. the accountants, Manny vs. himself, and that has overshadowed the teams themselves. Well to surmise, Jeter is having the type of season that will provide the GM with plenty of fodder to critique how he spends his time off. A .260 batting average, only 16 RBIs, 2 HR, in 55 games is hardly what you expect from the face of the franchise. Also not going out in grand fashion is Jorge Posada who is relegated to 3rd on the catching depth chart and functioning as the DH, hitting a paltry .178 with 6 jacks. What about the characters from last year’s post season? “The Beard” has had health problems and has only pitched 27 innings this season with a less than astonishing era of 3.00, Series darling Buster Posey is out for the rest of the season after a controversial collision at the plate, Josh Hamilton has just gotten back into the lineup after a long hiatus for injury and has only played in 23 games this season. Albert Pujols has come on to be tied for fifth in NL with 13 HRs but .278 and only 7 doubles is hardly a MVP type season. So if you’re in the camp that there are no more heros left we’ve got some that should be garnishing your attention, and your All-Star votes. The Dodgers duo of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier; Kemp has a shot at the triple-crown as he leads the NL in RBIs, is 2nd in Home Runs with 16, and is fifth in batting average at .323. His Dodger partner Ethier has already had a 20+ game hitting streak , is just above him in average at .325 is simply a nightmare against right handed pitching. Curtis Granderson NYY, his 17 HRs have been an added bonus that they didn’t expect, but his exciting play (5 triples, 9 sbs, and great defense) are the intangibles that he brings to the table. Jose Bautista .348, nuf’ said normally but in addition to living in the elite neighborhood of .400, how about 20 HR’s, 40 RBIs, and almost reaching base 50% of the time. David Price – Tampa Bay – how great is this kid to watch? The 26-year old may only be 6-5 but he’s one behind the league leaders for wins and is doing it without much in the way of run support. A 3.338 ERA is not the greatest but the kid gives the Rays a chance to win every time he goes out by going almost 7+ innings per outing. Michael Pineda – Seattle Mariners – A win/loss of 6-2, an ERA of 2.30, the 22-year old is a big reason the mariners are closer to the top of the AL West than they have been since Jr. graced center field for the first time. His walks and hits per innings pitched (WHIPs) is 1.00 and among the best in the league. I think we need to treat a .267 hitter like a .267 hitter regardless of what his name is. I love Ichiro as much as the next fan who is a statistician and appreciates consistency, but he could be having an off year but at 37 just not the same player. Same as DJ, at .260, 2HR, at 14.7 mill, love the history and how he’s one of the faces of the game but we’ve got plenty of great players putting up good numbers and now it’s the opposite of what things were a few years back, when I look at Bautista’s .348 average and 20 jacks, I think he’s 100% clean simply because you can’t get away with that stuff anymore, and I respect his numbers even more. I like the direction the League is going and you should too. There’s plenty of players to like and great ball being played even in the names on the backs of the unis are not as familiar.



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