During the Dodgers’ sale process, Frank McCourt said that he was selling the team and the Stadium, but not the parking lots. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE said that the sale HAD to include the parking lots and that Frank McCourt just needed to leave town ASAP. Then we heard that Guggs and Company bought the team and paid a whopping Half Billion more that the next bidder and we naturally assumed that they paid the premium in order to get the land.
Frank McCourt evidently has retained half ownership of the land, although the details are not forthcoming. Actually, that’s a mild way of putting it. The reality is that Guggs and Company and Frank McCourt are stonewalling fans and MLB about the details of this transaction. Guggs and Company and Frank McCourt are evidently partners in this enterprise and they don’t want you, me or MLB to know what they are up to. But, they are up to something! I’m not saying it’s bad, but why would Guggs and Company overpay by a half billion and then turn around and let McCourt retain half interest in the land that could be worth that much as well?
Dodger fans are finally realizing that Magic Johnson is just the front man and has only slightly more control of the Dodgers than you or I. Have we been duped? I have no clue, but something is up and I am not sure what it is. When full disclosure is not imminent, it makes me wonder why. Dodger fans are restless and we see some of their feelings in THE LA TIMES:
“Please stop saying Magic and Co. when referring to the Dodgers’ new owners. If anything, it’s COMPANY & magic. I’ll have more to do with running the club than he will.”
“The new owners of the Dodgers must really think that Los Angeles fans are brain dead. … After seeing the article (April 17) and map breakdown of the new Dodger Stadium deal I saw the McCourt name tied to most of the deal … and to think that using Magic as their decoy would satisfy us. Shame on the whole thing! We wanted Frank McCourt just out of it all and the city of Los Angeles has been unbelievably set up and duped!”
- Jerry Hariston, Jr. made as fine of a play at 3B (overall) as I have ever seen. The ball was off the end of his glove as he dove for it down the line. He jumped up off the ground and immediately chased it at top spped into foul territory where he once again went to the ground to get it and threw to 2B to get the runner. It was a play that was made by pure hustle, pure experience and pure baseball understanding. Most players would never make that play because they wouldn’t have done everything necessary to do it. He showed his hustle throughout the game. I have a lot of respect for Jerry. He’s just not an everyday player, but he’s a great sub.
- Many Dodger fans complained that the Dodgers did not offer O-Dog arbitration a couple of years ago. Maybe this gives a glimpse why. From BaseballTradeRumors.com:
The Padres have the worst record in baseball at 3-12, and a shake-up could be on the horizon. Scott Miller of CBSSports.com reports that they are prepared to release Orlando Hudson if the veteran second baseman does not turn things around soon.
Hudson, 34, is hitting just .156/.191/.200 with one stolen base in 47 plate appearances this season, and Miller hears he has been a “non-presence” with younger players in the clubhouse. Utility infielder Andy Parrino started consecutive games at second base earlier this week. Hudson’s release could coincide with the return of infield prospect Logan Forsythe, who will resume workouts this weekend after undergoing ankle surgery this spring.
Hudson signed a two-year, $11.5MM contract with San Diego last offseason. He is owed $5.5MM this season and the $2MM buyout of his $8MM club option for next season. The Padres will still have to pay him the full $7.5MM should they decide to cut ties.
- Another nice win by the Dodgers last night, but someone needs to get untracked unless we think Matt Kemp can hit .481 with 92 HR and 230 RBI (which is what he is on pace to do).
- Hopefully Clayton Kershaw can finally win a game today. I mean, you give a guy a big deal and he just tanks it!
- I will be in LA for the three game series with the Atlanta Braves next week.