One of the more thrilling nights in recent Major League Baseball history took place Wednesday night.
Two wild card spots were determined in riveting contests that showcased Tampa Bay and St. Louis coming from far behind in the standings to crush Boston and Atlanta. And now the playoffs begin. But none of the five California franchises qualified for the postseason.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of sports most storied organizations. No team has really ever had more dedicated fans. Great grass roots marketing,
Drawing three million-plus fans was the norm. For years they had a unique model that featured a deep farm system that produced many
There was no need to buy a scorecard to identify Maury Wills, Jim Gilliam, Tommy and Willy Davis. They were followed by
Frank McCourt should have been rejected by Major League Baseball in his bid to replace FOX. Most contemporary franchise owners have billion-dollar assets from their primary businesses and are willing to put their own funds into the club to enhance the product.
I talked about McCourt in a column I wrote earlier this season. He has used the team as a piggy bank for his own lavish lifestyle. Attendance has dropped dramatically at Dodger Stadium, where fans have become worried about their safety.
Still with all the mayhem and negativity surrounding McCourt it has done little to detract from the
The Angels' struggle to make the playoffs is not a function of irresponsible ownership.
Their high payroll makes them a top-tier spender.
They have been the victim of some disastrous talent evaluation and bad deals by now former general manager
The signing of
The emergence of young players Peter Bourjous,
The Angels' nemesis had been Boston. Now it's Texas, Oakland and Seattle, all division opponents.
The Angels have two aces in young superstar
So it is a tale of two owners: one who can only continue to be destructive to the Dodgers' heritage with his greed and lack of resources. The other owner has all the right attributes, but needs better veteran talent assessment input.