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Major League Baseball kills the only fun thing about the Dodgers bankruptcy

Jun 28, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

Chapter 11 jersey

Despite the fact that I have written and will continue to write a lot about the Dodgers’ bankruptcy — and that I will do it with no small amount of enthusiasm — has everything to do with it being interesting to me and being more in my wheelhouse than, say, the amateur draft or pitching mechanics.  Don’t mistake such enthusiasm for enjoyment, however. Yes, I’ll experience a few happy feelings when Frank McCourt is eventually banished from baseball, but that will be fleeting. As a story, this is all bad news, and I wish it weren’t happening.

One other possible silver lining has been eliminated, however.  Yesterday someone — I don’t know who, so if you were the first, mazel tov — realized that one could make a customized jersey on the Dodgers’ website with the last name on the back being “Chapter” and the number being “11,” celebrating the bankruptcy.  High comedy? Nah, but as I’ve always found, gallows humor has a low hurdle to leap in order to get some yuks.  I liked it.

But as Busted Coverage notes this morning, sadly, Major League Baseball has banned that particular jersey configuration, labeling it “inappropriate, derogatory, or profane,” and prohibiting orders.

If only MLB was so discerning of that which was inappropriate when it approved Frank McCourt’s wildly irresponsible bid to purchase the Dodgers …

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 28, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    “If only MLB was so discerning of that which was inappropriate when it approved Frank McCourt’s wildly irresponsible bid to purchase the Dodgers …”

    Truer words were never written…

  2. kopy - Jun 28, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    I’m glad they are going by the book on this one. I’ve heard the first step to getting out of bankruptcy is to turn down additional offers from others to buy products that you sell.

  3. LobShots - Jun 28, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    MLB’s Dodgers jersey filter didn’t catch this though.

  4. whitneymuse - Jun 28, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Let’s hear about the potential buyers for the team.

  5. trevorb06 - Jun 28, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Why doesn’t Major League Baseball just charge premium price for these jerseys and say all proceeds will go towards the court fees for kicking McCourt out? They couldn’t keep them in stock then I’m sure.

    Just know, this actually isn’t sarcasm. I’d probably buy two.

    • cur68 - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:52 AM

      trev, I thought much the same thing. It’s a way to get money from the LA faithful. Since they aren’t going to the games, MLB might as well soak them another way and have fun at McCourt’s expense. I’d buy 1.

    • Andrew - Jun 28, 2011 at 12:33 PM

      Because with revenue sharing, I’m sure the other 29 teams would complain that they’re not receiving money from the sales of these jerseys, no matter how minute that number would be.

  6. aceshigh11 - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    “inappropriate, derogatory, or profane”

    These words could all just as easily apply to McCourt, the man, himself.

  7. phillysoulfan - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Craig, since you are a lawyer and I am not, can you explain exactly how that jersey is “inappropriate, derogatory, or profane,” ?

    It can’t be inappropriate because the Dodgers did just file for Chapter 11. Same thing with derogatory. And it sure as hell is not profane.

    • mkd - Jun 28, 2011 at 12:13 PM

      I would imagine that is just the stock response generated for any jersey order rejected due to content. MLB simply failed to anticipate a scenario where Ur Making Funz of us Stop it! I would also imagine there is fine print somewhere that says MLB can reject any jersey order for any reason at any time.

  8. bigharold - Jun 28, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    “.. someone — I don’t know who, …”

    I’d like to say now that I was the first to order tis jersey. I wasn’t but I’d like to say it anyway!

  9. foreverchipper10 - Jun 28, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    I kind of wish I could order one of these for my father who is a Dodgers fan.

  10. whitneymuse - Jun 28, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    If this becomes the last season of Vince Scully in the booth; I’ll dislike McCourt even more than I do now; it’s hard to imagine that but he’s the only one who could get a famous “LA Parade” ushering him to LAX even if the team goes down in flames this year.

    • LobShots - Jun 28, 2011 at 2:10 PM

      love Vince. wait, who?

  11. Kevin S. - Jun 28, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    You know, MLB was much more on the ball with this than the NFL was with the Steelers #7 “Therapist” jerseys.

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