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Major League Baseball to Frank McCourt: Don’t blame us, pal!

May 5, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

Frank McCourt AP

Frank McCourt’s talking point lately is that his financial problems — which threaten the Dodgers’ ability to meet May payroll — are Major League Baseball’s doing inasmuch as MLB won’t approve his TV deal with FOX.

That line is nonsensical enough on its face and divorced from widely-reported facts, so it’s understandable that no one had taken the effort to officially refute it. But since McCourt won’t shut up about it, Selig’s second-in-command Rob Manfred apparently decided enough was enough. Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times passes along his statement:

“Any financial problems faced by the Los Angeles Dodgers are the result of decisions made by Mr. McCourt and his management team over a period of years.”

Manfred went on to say “The pace of the commissioner’s investigation has been adversely affected by the Dodgers’ failure to produce documents in a timely manner and by the complexity of the financial structures surrounding the club. The commissioner intends to complete the investigation promptly but will not accept less than a thorough investigation.”

Put differently: Frank McCourt: Dead man walking.

  1. paperlions - May 5, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    I posted this at the bottom of another thread, but to expand on the concept….it seems like those that made/make their fortune primarily in real estate or as a “developer” view being highly leveraged as the status quo, creating comfort with a large amount of debt, essentially living “pay-check to pay-check” at the scale of millions to hundreds of millions of dollars….all the while making assumptions about what the market can bare and how much profit they can extract from their dealings. Then, when things don’t go according to plan, bankruptcy….and they always think it wasn’t their fault (e.g. McCourt, Trump), when in fact they simply failed to operate responsibly, leaving banks to pick up the tab and negatively affecting interest rates for everyone.

  2. Old Gator - May 5, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    I could see a President Trump taking the US into bankruptcy and then claiming the ensuing depression was someone else’s fault.

    • Utley's Hair - May 5, 2011 at 12:15 PM

      Why does that plotline sound so familiar?

      • Old Gator - May 5, 2011 at 2:27 PM

        It’s familiar in its contours, except that in the case of reality, it really is someone else’s fault: the assholes who thought NAFTA was a great idea.

        Heh – thought I was going somewhere else with that’un, diddnya?

  3. sanzarq - May 5, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Ugh! The sooner Mr. McCourt is escorted out of the MLB ownership club, the better!

  4. Robert - May 5, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    The sooner the Dodgers move back to Brooklyn the better…

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