Frank McCourt is Running the Team into the Ground: Since 2004, when Frank McCourt bought the Dodgers, they have been in the playoffs 4 out of 7 years. In that same span, the Yankees, Cardinals and Red Sox have also been there 4 out of 7 years. The Phillies have been there 3 out of 7 years (the last 3 in a row) and the team with the most post-season appearances during that same span is none other than the LA Angels with 5. So, since Frank McCourt has owned the team, the Dodgers have been in the playoffs as much as any other team, except for the Angels.
Frank McCourt won’t spend money: The Dodgers team payroll have averaged $100.5 million during the 7 years McCourt has owned the team! When Frank McCourt bought the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dodger Stadium from News Corp, Dodger fans were concerned that the real estate mogul, whose primary properties were in the Boston area, didn’t care about the history and tradition of the franchise. Subsequently, McCourt has pumped a pile of money into the team ($1oo mil a year) and stadium (over $60 million) and Camelback Ranch. As part of a multi-year plan 50,000 seats were completely replaced and a park and picnic area added outside the stadium. Over the next few years McCourt wants to turn Dodger Stadium into a year-round destination where people can shop and eat. McCourt has consistently had one of the highest payrolls in baseball and beefed up the team’s player development. These are the facts people!
The Dodgers are broke: Again, put down the crack pipe and back away slowly. The Dodgers Debt to Value of the Team Ratio is 58%. The Tigers and the Cardinals are both 56%, so they are nearly identical to the Dodgers, and five other teams (COUNT ‘EM FIVE) have higher Debt to Value Ratios. The Texas Rangers are insolvent with a Debt to Value Ration of 105%, but the Yankees have a 89% Debt to Value Ratio. The Mets are at 81% and the Cubs are at 80%. The Nationals are the other team with a higher Debt/Value Ratio which is 65%. The Dodgers are not bankrupt. Bud Selig is not calling the shots and Frank doesn’t have to sell the team. Thank about it! Some of the stuff you post is just plain ridiculous! The Dodger have Debt of $450 million. The Yankees have Debt of $1.4 Billion! I said $1.4 Million! Are you crazy? Come on, you have to be smarter than that. Think, people. Think!
The Dodgers Payroll will be $60 mil in 2011. Are you nuts? McCourt knows that the fans will revolt if that happens. Don’t think for a minute that he can’t borrow money (no matter what you read) and also, you need to remember that he is one of the few baseball owners with NO PARTNERS. He can get money. He has to borrow a Billion more dollars to equal the Yankees debt!
The Dodgers will be horrid next year. Some people call me Pollyanna, but they are the same people who year-after-year predict gloom and doom for their beloved Dodgers. They have no credibility! End of discussion. When some of you make your predictions, I can just cut-and-paste what you said the last 17 years! I predicted that the team would make the playoffs this year and I was wrong, but I still say it was not lack of talent. It was a lack of leadership. Torre dropped the ball, Colletti dropped the ball, McCourt dripped the ball and most importantly, the players dropped the ball. Roger pointed out that the Dodgers were playing sloppily in the Spring and that there was a “country-club atmosphere” that permeated the team. I thought that it would change once the season started… and it did (for a while). I think they they just thought they had to show up and they were in. I think they have learned a very hard lesson and will “hungry” next year.
However, I think that the biggest reason why the Dodgers didn’t win was the fact that Manny wasn’t Manny. He was paid to be a superstar who carried the team, and he could even carry his own jock. His power was gone. He was shell of himself and he was on the DL three times. In short, he wasn’t a factor. The fact that Manny Ramirez experienced such a deep decline was the single biggest reason why the Dodgers didn’t make the playoffs. I think his decline shocked the youngsters and de-railed who could have been a fine season.