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Could Jamie McCourt replace Frank in charge of the Dodgers?

May 19, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention Getty Images

We noted this morning that Jamie McCourt is asking the court to order an immediate sale of the team. As is the case with most legal requests, however, she has an alternative demand: if the court doesn’t order a quick sale, she wants to be placed in charge of the Dodgers instead of Frank.

We’re entering sitcom territory here, people. Not that this wouldn’t be the best thing ever for non-Dodgers fans.

  1. gvots - May 19, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    …and Frank has to become her butler?

  2. quizguy66 - May 19, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    The practical question here is would she really do a worse job than Frank? Hard to imagine that given the state of affairs there.

  3. benyamen - May 19, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    … and she hires a tough but lovable female manager for the team that gets them playing together and fixes men’s baseball teaching them it’s not about winning but having fun and playing nicely together? Ooooo, oooo, oooo and can she do counselling in the clubhouse to help fix Matt Kemp’s relationship woes?

  4. SmackSaw - May 19, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    What a mess.

    • bklynbaseball - May 19, 2011 at 1:21 PM

      In the Navy, we used to call it a “clusterf**k.

      • Old Gator - May 19, 2011 at 4:53 PM

        In civvies, we call it a “clusterfuck” since we never bothered to study morse code.

  5. sknut - May 19, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Would this change the financial dealings with the team i.e Payroll obligations, I am sure MLB would prefer this then themselves taking over the team.

    • garlicfriesandbaseball - May 19, 2011 at 4:49 PM

      Not so sure…..about MLB”s preference I mean.

  6. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 19, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    As long as that dickhead goes away, I don’t necessarily care who owns the Dodgers.

  7. craigbhill - May 19, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Not gonna happen, Craig, she too does not have the money to run the team or make payroll, and would never be approved to do so by MLB, which has never so approved her.

    What her request amounts to is a desire for the judge to eventually choose between the two offers she has made, knowing the only one he could is to advance the sale. The judge cannot override the reality that the divorce has split the baby. She does not own any more than Frank does, who has relinquished his control of the team to MLB, despite all the nonsense he spouts to the contrary. (Would YOU let your landlord or bank move into your living room, go over your bills and evict you???) The judge likewise cannot throw MLB out of control. That would take approximately a 20-year court case, getting into, yet again, the legal domain of MLB, established in law, including Supreme Court judgments, approving them to act “in the best interests of baseball”, which consists of a group of FRANCHISES controlled by MLB, not private business. MLB’s privilege is like Colonel Sanders or Ronald McDonald controlling how their franchises work, including their right to evict the owner(s), which they do every day. The Dodgers are NO different. Likewise the judge would not be ASKED by Jamie NOT to pay the bills she and her ex cannot pay. The judge is not going to stop MLB from paying those bills, so is not going to interfere with how they install owners into THEIR franchises.

    Sum: Jamie is not going to become the new owner. Nor does she WANT to. She’d only be taking her ex’s place, pushed to the side as MLB runs the franchise. Where she CAN advance the interests of the Dodgers is by getting the judge to agree to its sale. Once she establishes her right to her 50% of a court-ordered sale, she can take the ultimate decision OUT of the hands of MLB and get the team to the highest bidder. Which is not how McCourt got the thing in the first place: He was GRANTED the franchise by Selig after other deeper pockets were told by the old boy’s club to GO AWAY. But, as with the court case in Texas last year, MLB was pushed aside and had to watch as Nolan Ryan’s organization bought the team in the court-ordered auction, over the desires of MLB, all of which took place within ONE MLB SEASON, not the years or decades Giants fans and other nincompoops say it will take to return the Dodgers to their rightful place in becoming the “Yankees of the West”, which Bud and the old boy’s club did NOT want them to be, and why they granted the Dodgers to cash-poor McCourt in the first place.

    THAT’S what’s behind Jamie’s lawsuit, and the direction it will now take. Her legal rights to the best return for her 50% CANNOT be superceded by MLB’s desires to award the franchise to another relative pauper. Inasmuch as Houston was just sold for over $600 mill, the Dodgers will most definitely go for over a billion. Where MLB’s and Jamie’s desires intersect is their joint one to sell the team out from under Frank, glory halleluyah, mine eyes have seen the coming of the whiteness of the pennants, and the world championship flags, plural. See the Phillies’ riches of late, on the field? Move over, Philadelphia, there’s a Dodger in your future, blocking your way. Better make your hay now, with those starters! CC Sabathia said years ago he wanted to hit, in the NL, and he wanted to do it on the West Coast, where he lives, he wanted to do it with the Dodgers, he has the opt-out clause with the Posada Jeters, to be won in the next off-season bidding war by the New Owner, and we should all just kick back and enjoy its unfurling.

    This result is all due to Jamie’s suit. MLB can’t stick it to us again with a more local version of McCourt. They can talk to her about expediting the sales process, because they want to run the Dodgers like they want more holes in their heads; neither of them, unlike Frank, wants it bogged down in court. The result will be that LA will have the owner it should have gotten after Fox, one that will reestablish the Dodgers in the pre-eminence of the NL it should rightfully occupy, and previously was, by grace of O’Malley, who is the Great Dodger in the Sky.

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