…or maybe you can. Multiple sources are reporting that Dodgers owner Frank McCourt will resume overseeing the day-to-day operations of the
Dodgers, as the club has severed ties with President Dennis Mannion. Allegedly, Frank will take ”a more direct and active role” in managing the team.
I am sure that this will be spun a lot of ways, but I think that this is the truth:
- Mannion cost the Dodgers a lot of money each year – if McCourt takes over his job and eliminates Mannions assistants he saves hundreds of thousands;
- He can eliminate the cost of his Beverly Hills office – and slash costs;
- He flattens the organizational structure and resumes responsibility for running the Dodgers. Ned will report directly to him and hopefully this will eliminate any mis-communication;
- Love him or hate him (or just be indifferent like me), anyone who has been through a divorce must admit that it is traumatic. Maybe Frank is substantially over the accompanying grief and ready to function as the overseer of the Dodgers; and
- Mannion wasn’t “all that!”
This is a money-saving move and a flattening of the organization. Pure and simple. I might look for a few advisors to leave and other expenses to be shaved. At this juncture, Frank knows that he has to spend as much as possible to put a good product on the field and act quickly and decisively in the player market. The players on the field have to be the priority.
By the way, if you think some of my trades and deals are “wacked out” check out Phil Gurnee and True Blue LA:
I can tell you this – it will be an interesting off-season. Probably much better than the 2010 season.
I will be absolutely shocked if Frank does not allow the payroll to be over $100 mil!