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Selig on MLB’s investigation of the Dodgers: “nobody is using the Dean Smith four-corner offense”

May 12, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

That was Bud Selig’s response to questions about MLB’s look into the Dodgers’ finances after the Owners’ Meetings adjourned today.  The message: while Frank McCourt says we’re simply trying to run out the clock as he gets closer and closer to failing to make payroll at the end of the month, that’s simply not true. “Everybody has moved in as expeditious a manner as possible, ” Bud said, claiming that there is no timeline.

Which has to absolutely grind Frank McCourt’s gears. Because, for as much as everyone wants to see this guy smashed, he probably is right that Major League Baseball knows exactly what it’s doing here and has every intent on bumping him off, so to speak.  But hey: it’s not like he couldn’t have avoided all of this. And after several years of financial irresponsibility, he doesn’t have much room to complain when someone takes a few weeks in the name of financial prudence.

You can read the entire transcript of Selig’s comments regarding the McCourt/Dodgers situation at the L.A. Times. Where, by the way, Bill Shaikin should get some freakin’ awards for the way he’s been all over this mess from the beginning.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 12, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    I’m still waiting for a legal pun using Frank’s last name.

    • SmackSaw - May 12, 2011 at 3:24 PM

      I thought McCourt is where you went if you stole McNuggets from McDonalds

    • Kevin S. - May 12, 2011 at 4:00 PM

      Divorce McCourt wasn’t good enough for you?

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 12, 2011 at 4:22 PM

        That’s not a pun, my friend.

  2. The Rabbit - May 12, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Another thing that got Frank’s shorts in a knot: The appointment of former Padres owner, Dick Freeman as an assistant to MLB’s “monitor”. He was formerly a consultant to Jamie McCourt. Bud who apparently is unaware of most things had him removed when he learned of it.

    If the Commissioner’s Office were competent, you’d think it wouldn’t have to resort to crisis management. Nothing here is new and although all of the details may not have been available, the Dodgers’ current financial situation has been publicly known for at least a year, if not longer. It’s not as though they have 5,000 franchises. Geez!

  3. cup0pizza - May 12, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Your fault this is happening, Selig. FIX IT.

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