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A’s owner Lew Wolff calls on Frank McCourt to sell the Dodgers

Aug 1, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

Lew Wolff

While it’s been pretty clear that Bud Selig has the backing of all of the other owners in the Frank McCourt fight, yesterday Athletics owner Lew Wolff became the first to publicly call on Frank McCourt to sell the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What set him off was Frank McCourt’s ridiculous statement in court filings in which he equated Bud Selig’s salary from Major League Baseball with his own looting of the Dodgers over the past several years. Wolff — correctly in my view — considered this an unwarranted personal attack on Selig, who happens to be Wolff’s college buddy. Worth noting is that Wolff has his own problems with Major League Baseball — that committee that has held up his move to San Jose for more than two years — yet he has declined to lash out at Selig or the league.

Sadly, shame and public pressure have so far seemed ineffective in spurring Frank McCourt into any action so Wolff’s call of him to sell will likely have no effect. But it’s so rare to hear one owner go after another in Major League Baseball, and that suggests the low esteem in which McCourt is currently regarded.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 1, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    I’m sure APBA Guy will chime in when his first cup of Blue Bottle begins circulating through his brain this morning, but how about that great photo of an insouciant Wolff with his little cup of Blue Bottle enjoying that vista of empty seats? I know that view, more or less, from the third deck of Joeprodolshark Stadium, to which I occasionally climb to collect lost golf balls. But of course Lew can pose for that shot anytime he wants, and I have to wait for a game day.

    • APBA Guy - Aug 1, 2011 at 2:28 PM

      Yeah, Blue Bottle, but work required me to be late to comment today, so another day when nobody will read this. That aside, it would not surprise me in the least if Lew is already lobbying Bud to take over the Dodgers, and leave Fisher with the A’s. Lew is from LA also, and has run the A’s similarly to the way Angelos has run the O’s: profiting while playing to an empty house and fielding a last place or near last place team every year. And yes, Bud has his back. These guys make Arte Moreno look like the greatest owner on the West Coast, at least he’s trying to win and his house is full.

  2. tuftsb - Aug 1, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Lew was a fraternity brother of Bud at Wisconsin, so the comment appears OK.

    But, if McCourt is pried out of the owner’s chair and the A’s don’t get the stadium deal in the South Bay done, Wolff may be the first person in line to buy the Dodgers.

  3. nomoreseasontix - Aug 1, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Lee Wolff is another owner who has destroyed a franchise to further his own ends.

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