MLB takes over the Dodgers

Photo by Scott Fajack

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig today announced he has stripped Dodger owner Frank McCourt of the team’s day-to-day and business operations amid “deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers.”   Selig made the announcement as McCourt has had to borrow $30 million to pay Dodger employees, and the team has been hit with the fallout from the brutal beating of a Giants fan in the stadium parking lot after this year’s season opener. Selig in a statement said:

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.

It’s not clear what all this means for the future of the team and the stadium property, which includes 300 acres between Echo Park and Solano Canyon. In 2008, McCourt announced an ambitious $500 million plan to build a museum, restaurants, shops, parking garages and a “green necklace” of 2,000 trees by 2012.

Related stories:
Dodgers takeover. L.A. Times
Selig to appoint rep to oversee Dodgers. MLB


  1. Well it’s about time!!!!!!


  3. McCourt your outta here!

  4. Hopefully, something can be salvaged of Vin Scully’s last season.

    But with the McCourt’s on their way out of town, what am I going to do with all this tar and all these feathers?

  5. Sad day for Los Angeles. I’m not surprised. Wasn’t there a rumor that the McCourt’s were to develop the area around Barlow Hospital?

  6. The Barlow Hospital development is seperate. They were going to add shops and resturants around the stadium and god knows what else

  7. I have an idea!!!’. Let’s rip down that dump of a stadium and build a bunch of craftsman homes!!!!!

  8. I think that we should turn Dodger Stadium into a dog park! Dogs should be allowed everywhere! We pay taxes! We hate kids! Dogs are kids! I have lived here for years!

  9. If you’ve taken a look at the lineup these days, I think it’s fair to say that it’s already turned into a dog park!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. michael federico

    This is not gonna be accepted but that’s ok. Like thousands of other Angeleno’s I grew up with the velvety smooth pipes of Vinny. His palce in Dodger/LA history is secure. But he as well as the team are in decline.

    He has become suce a company man that he has only glowing comments for the Mc Court’s, which is hard to endure. The other thing that pissess me off is the way he skirts reality when he gives totally false numbers in attendance each home game. I’m watching at home and the stadium looks like a ghost town,
    maybe 18 thousand in attendance and he continually gives the tickets sold.
    The other night he gave attendance at 43 thousand when only about a third of that many wher in the park?????

    Thanks for the memories Vinny now please either retire or start telling the truth about this team/ownership. You’ve lost my respect for being such a suck up company man!!!

Post a Comment

Please keep your comments civil and on topic and refrain from personal attacks. The moderator reserves the right to edit or delete any comments. The Eastsider's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy apply to comments submitted by readers. Required fields are marked *