Dodgers Web musings: Last 100 days of Frank McCourt
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Come on, join the countdown! Every Dodgers fans should be in on it. A reason to get all giddy.
Some count the days to when catchers and pitchers report, some to opening day. But as Mike Petriello points out at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, there is something bigger for Dodgers fans to compute as the 2012 season looms.
It’s now down to the final 100 days of Frank McCourt, bankrupt Dodgers owner.
Now doesn’t that make you smile?
Initial bids to join the team’s auction are due Monday. Major League Baseball will then whittle the list down to an approved group. McCourt has until April 1 to select the winning bid. And then on April 30, he is to hand over the keys and ride into the Beverly Hills sunset, hopefully sans parking lots.
Also on the Web:
-- ESPN’s Lester Munson takes an in-depth look at the looming lawsuit between McCourt and the Bingham McCutchen law firm that botched up his postmarital agreement with ex-wife Jamie.
Munson wrote there is little doubt it is shaping up as one of the largest malpractice lawsuits in American history, and estimates that if the team auction goes badly, the award could be as high as $500 million.
That seems pretty outlandish, considering he’s only paying Jamie $131 million in their divorce settlement, and she was going to probably get that anyway. McCourt would have to prove the botched PMA forced him to sell the team. And it seems that only rings true in that his taking the team in to $573 million in debt might not have come to light without the divorce.
-- Clayton Kershaw visited the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. MLB has the video:
-- The Dodgers have added a pair of catchers, Matt Wallach and Griff Erickson, to their list of nonroster spring invitees. Matt is the son of third base coach Tim Wallach.
-- ESPN/LA’s Jon Weisman has a list (updated) of players he argues were team MVPs during their days as a Dodger and on a competing club.
-- Forbes’ Mike Ozanian examines the unusual concessions McCourt was able to get MLB to agree upon in order for him to agree to sell the team.
-- The Times’ Jim Pelz on Dodger Stadium again hosting supercross Saturday night.
-- Steve Dilbeck