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Mark Cuban to the Dodgers' rescue?

Nov 10, 2009, 8:20 AM EST

It’s been a good six months since we’ve heard Mark Cuban say he wants to buy a Major League team. That’s gotta be some kind of record. The silence is over, however, as yesterday he said that, sure, he’d buy the Dodgers if they were up for sale. That’s a little premature inasmuch as the Dodgers aren’t for sale. At least not yet. We’re at least a year’s worth of McCourt ridiculousness away from that happening.

But as always, Cuban is an intriguing choice.  He has cash, which is pretty helpful, and he’s shown that he’ll spend it in an effort to put a winner on the field or, in his case, the court (though his success in this department has faltered considerably in recent years).  Baseball wants no part of him, however. Selig and his friends in ownership don’t like outspoken free thinkers around, and Cuban is definitely that. He’s well known for criticizing officiating and recently went on a “who cares about steroids” rant that, while pretty reasonable all things considered, isn’t the kind of thing baseball owners want to hear. 

If the Dodgers did go up for sale, the owners would do whatever they could to thwart any attempt Cuban made to join their club. Probably with the help of Frank McCourt, who is a Selig-Reinsdorf guy and who would probably go out of his way to seek offers from people not named Mark Cuban if he was forced to sell the team.

But it’s fun to fantasize.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 10, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    If given to fantasizing – and what newly 60-year-old isn’t (even though we’re talking about baseball at the moment) – I suppose I would play off my projections of Cuban as the new Charley Finley against Cuban as the new George Steinbrenner. Such pleasant reveries will have to do until or unless he gets his shot and can establish his idiosyncrasies on their own terms.

  2. lar @ wezen-ball - Nov 10, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    I’m not sure how much cash he *does* have, though. It’s probably more than the McCourts, sure, but is it enough? I could be wrong, but I seem to recall him explaining what all went down with the Cubs sale last year, and it mostly ended up being “we were going to take on a lot of debt and then the economy tanked and no banks wanted to give out that kind of money anymore.” That kind of makes me wonder if he does have the kind of cash that MLB (and the hard-up McCourts) would want.

  3. Steven - Nov 10, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Cash? Cuban is very smart, and I suspect he’d do a deal like this mostly with OPM (Other People’s Money).

  4. GBS - Nov 10, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Happy belated birthday, Old Gator!

  5. Richard In Dallas - Nov 10, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    In the local media, he has said that he would take on minority partners, while maintaining a controlling interest WITHOUT incurring any debt to do so, so that would mean a rather large chunk of change from his own piggy bank. He said basically the same thing about the Rangers. But it all reverts back to Bud and his buds not wanting anyone around to try to do things differently than they’ve been done since the DH came into being….
    As much as many of us would like to see some fresh ideas and and a lack of reverence for the heirarchy of the game, it probably will never happen as long as the current crop of owners rules things….

  6. Old Gator - Nov 10, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Heh, yeah, “belated” is the word, but thanks anyway. So far – although admittedly it hasn’t been long – I have mustered a little more dignity than Jack Benny.
    Let’s see how dignified I remain by the time I hit 61. Or maybe I’ll just add an asterisk to it.

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