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MLB claims McCourt was still trying to loot the team as recently as April

Jul 6, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

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Major League Baseball filed a response to Frank McCourt’s motion from yesterday, claiming that McCourt is engaging in “harassment” and that his claims for various documents related to how Major League Baseball treated other teams with liquidity issues as irrelevant and frivolous.

Overall, the league is clearly trying to keep Frank McCourt’s financial irresponsibility as the central issue in this case, reiterating how the Dodgers’ problems are all of his doing.  And they offered a new little tidbit: that even though the Dodgers’ financial crunch was readily apparent by early this year, McCourt tried to take another $20 million out of the team. Which wouldn’t shock me a bit, actually, because that’s just how Frank rolls.

I would expect this kind of back and forth to continue between now and July 20th, when the next hearing is scheduled. I would also expect that, by then, we’ll know the cut of the judge’s jib too.

If he indulges McCourt’s apparently massive discovery requests, we’ll likely have an ugly and protracted bit of litigation on our hands, because McCourt and his lawyers could likely find all kinds of ways to gum this up into a document-intensive case if given the latitude. If, on the other hand, he smacks McCourt’s motion down, it will be a sign that he’s not too crazy about his claims of unfair and disparate treatment by Bud Selig, which could bode ill for McCourt’s future as the Dodgers’ owner.

  1. skipp504 - Jul 6, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Who is hated more in Cali right now? Frank McCourt or Casey Anthony? Not that I watched the case but that’s all the wife has been talking about.

  2. APBA Guy - Jul 6, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Frank McCourt, not even close. The Casey Anthony case was in Florida. Floridians have very low regard for Californians in general, at least my Florida family has a very low regard for me, and I’d say California residents don’t think much about what goes on in Florida, a hell hole of heat and humidity, swamps and mosquitoes. Except for Miami, of course, with its colorful nightlife, ethnic cuisine, and excellent coffee.

    • SmackSaw - Jul 6, 2011 at 7:33 PM

      I’d also like to mention beautiful women of Latin and Caribbean descent.

      Thank you.

  3. hep3 - Jul 6, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    In the article above, MLB says that Selig is…”a singularly unique, public figure who should not be subject to unwarranted harassment and discovery abuses.”

    I wonder how the commissioner is above being deposed for a court case. I wonder what Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton would think of Bud’s exalted status.

    I don’t like McCourt either, but it is his team, his money and his choice as to how he runs it. If he wants to sign a deal with Fox for $3 billion or $3 dollars only, it should be his choice. What other team, not in New York, has a $3 billion TV deal?

    Bud and Frank deserve to both go down along with MLB’s bogus antitrust exemption.

    • SmackSaw - Jul 6, 2011 at 7:35 PM

      McCourt doesn’t own the team. Many banks do. The Dodgers are a franchise.

  4. bobulated - Jul 6, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    It boggles the mind on how much of a tool Frank McCourt is to have baseball fans rooting for Bud Selig.

  5. rcali - Jul 6, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Thanks Bud for letting this joker in. Maybe one day he’ll comb his hair and admit the mistake.

  6. whitneymuse - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    The Dodgers have Dodger Stadium and Vin Scully; after that the stuff that’s happened to them began a slide downhill when they traded Mike Piazza and had that sorry GM who did it. Claire something. Ever since they lost their focus as a baseball team they’ve lost their way.

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