Dodgers owner Frank McCourt during a Bloomberg Television interview in… (Ramin Talaie / Bloomberg )
It looks like Frank McCourt's plan to put an NFL team in Chavez Ravine is right on track. With Tom Schieffer, he now has a receiver.
Frank McCourt could settle his divorce, sell the Dodgers for an estimated $650 million, pay off his $475 million in debt and conceivably walk away from this soap opera with a cool $90 million plus all the homes he bought with his ex-wile. But no, Frank is going to battle the commissioner, the league and the fans.
Frank, wake up, you have two strikes, two outs and it's the bottom of the ninth. Do what's best for the team, fans and your family. Settle, and move on. If you don't, the fans won't come, your legal costs will eat away at your profit, and your legacy will suffer more than it has already has. Move on, already.
Brian K. Haueter
I have experienced the inordinate sense of responsibility and public trust to a community that comes with the business of a baseball team operator as an owner of minor league baseball teams, even at our level of independent professional baseball. The words across the front of your players' uniforms say it all and with whom your primary obligation reposes.
Frank McCourt has missed the boat since he arrived in our hometown. It has been always about him and his personal aggrandizement, and not making the Dodgers as royal and superior as they rightfully are, and should be, in the second-largest market, if not the grandest city of them all.
Time to exit, stage left, Frank. Do the right and graceful thing. Game over.
Robert J. Young
Managing Member, Orange County Flyers
So Steve Soboroff insists Frank McCourt is a changed man who has seen the errors of his financial ways. Easy to prove. All McCourt has to do is sell the multimillion-dollar properties he purchased with money siphoned from the Dodgers and repay the team in full. I'm sure I speak for Dodgers fans everywhere when I say we'll waive the interest.
Daniel J. Lubin
Rancho Palos Verdes
Steve Soboroff should read the old fable about the scorpion and the frog. The scorpion asks the frog to carry him across the river and promises he won't sting. Once in the river, the scorpion stings the frog anyway. When the frog asks why, the scorpion says he can't help it, it's his nature.
Just to be clear, Steve, you're the frog.
As Frank McCourt's front man, Steve Soboroff has either taken the Kool-Aid or is sly as a fox gaining inside information in order to align himself with a buyers' group later. Regardless, Soboroff is now rearranging the Titanic chairs in the Dodgers' front office while becoming Jamie McCourt's newest enemy.
Frank McCourt says "nobody handed me the Dodgers." Nothing could be further from the truth.
Frank McCourt seems to feel that a potential financial deal with Fox will bring financial stability to the Dodgers. The problem is that financial stability is only one of several issues that call into question Mr. McCourt's ability to manage much of anything.
Where, for example, is the commitment to reestablishing what was once an outstanding farm system? Where is the commitment to actually improving the team? All of which leads to another question: How well vetted was the sale of the Dodgers to Mr. McCourt in the first place, and exactly why was he rebuffed in his efforts to purchase the Boston Red Sox?
In exchange for the $3 billion to keep his ATM operating, what did McCourt give to Fox? Naming rights to Dodger Stadium? The right to run promos inside the stadium for Fox shows? Replacement of Charlie and Rick with Fox announcers? Foxes skulk together.
So finally MLB picks Thomas Schieffer to run the Dodgers. Apparently it took a while because they were looking for an insider with a wealth of baseball knowledge, a successful businessman and respected investor who could quickly turn a business around 180 degrees. Someone whose character was consistent with the basic tenets of the Dodger organization.
Oh, and Frank McCourt's choice, Lenny Dykstra, was unavailable.
Has anyone checked Frank McCourt's birth certificate to determine just what planet he comes from?
CITY TO McCOURT:
Yes, the Yankees got into Jonathan Broxton's head last year and he has not been right since. Yes, he needs a third pitch. No, he does not need Ned Colletti trying to "motivate" him like he motivated Matt Kemp last year. We all saw how well that turned out. I think the biggest thing separating our Dodgers from a great season is not making our owner go away but figuring out a way to keep our general manager off of talk radio.