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Bankruptcy and the Dodgers

29 Jun

I think I agree with ESPN commentators Wilbon and Kornheiser. The Dodgers’ recent declaration of bankruptcy is not that big of a deal.

It certainly doesn’t rank among the most embarrassing events in Major League Baseball history. Baseball has had many eyes blacker than this one over the years.

Owner McCourt is just using all of his options to keep the Dodgers. Everyone knows he’s eventually going to lose the team and MLB will take over. McCourt is just delaying the inevitable.

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As a Dodger fan, the whole series of events is embarrassing. No doubt about that. It’s also an embarrassment that a team with the NL’s best all-around player (Kemp), one of the NL’s best pure hitters (Ethier) and one of the NL’s best pitchers (Kershaw) is battling to stay out of last place.

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Just have to find a way to get better ownership after McCourt leaves town. That won’t be easy to do.

Thing is, McCourt and his wife were good owners before they decided to get a divorce. This has to rank among the most destructive divorces in history, given that it has thoroughly tarnished the aura and reputation of one of sports’ great franchises.

The Dodgers went to the playoffs in four of the first six years of McCourt ownership. Most fans would say that is the definition of good ownership. The divorce became public on the eve of the 2009 NLCS, and it’s been all downhill since then.

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Two nights ago, I watched the Dodgers beat the Twins 15-0. For those three hours, I almost forgot that this team is 10 games under .500 and a casualty of a bitter courtroom battle.

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I have to wonder what my Uncle Hub thinks about all this nonsense. He’s been a Dodger fan since 1955.

I read a quote from a Dodgers historian recently — he basically said that this is the first time in the history of the Dodgers that fans have no reason to be optimistic. I think that’s an excellent point.

In the past, even when the Dodgers had a bad season, there was reason to believe that next year would be different. 1958 was followed by 1959 … 1984 was followed by 1985 … 1987 was followed by 1988, 2005 was followed by 2006, etc.

The difference now is fans know the franchise is going nowhere until new ownership arrives. And that’s always a long, drawn-out affair. It could be years before the Dodgers find some sense of normalcy.

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