April 6, 2013 |
Most of the changes brought on by the Dodgers' new ownership group have been flashy, headline-grabbing. From a record baseball payroll to over $100 million in stadium improvements, the changes were designed to grab attention and inspire renewed belief in a beleaguered franchise. Just not all of the changes. One has been done so quietly as to not even be noticed. There was no announcement, no obscure press release, no real mention of it. The Dodgers have revamped their charity wing, largely divorcing themselves from the foundations associated with ex-owner Frank McCourt.
April 3, 2012 |
Frank McCourt threw quite a few pitches at the bidders for the Dodgers. One of those pitches: You're not buying a team locked into hundreds of millions in salaries for the next few years. You can shape the payroll any way you like. As the Dodgers headed into the winter, they had one player under contract for 2014 -- pitcher Chad Billingsley, at $12 million. In contrast, the Boston Red Sox had committed $94 million to six players for 2014 -- first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, second baseman Dustin Pedroia, outfielder Carl Crawford and pitchers Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz and John Lackey.
May 4, 2012 |
David Kipen had a modest proposal on the Op-Ed page Wednesday: Take public transportation to the next Dodgers home game, deprive the ball club (and especially the once and still somewhat invested Frank McCourt) of your parking dollars and send a message: We're Dodger fans and we're not going to take it anymore. And by "it" he meant any more misrule of the boys in blue. Oh and by the way, it would be so much greener. "How dense are people these days," asked "uncgirl37" at about 5 p.m., along with a few other commenters who had tuned in to the new owners' 10 a.m. televised news conference.
September 20, 2012 |
All bummed are you that since Frank McCourt sold the Dodgers for a record $2.15 billion - and kept half the parking lots! - he's disappeared from public view? Thought not. I, of course, miss him so. He was good for at least four easy posts a week. Now that he's a billionaire, doing whatever billionaires do, you're hoping he keeps doing it. Just as long as he stays away from the Southern California sports scene. Which is not to say he doesn't continue to have significant impact on Los Angeles professional sports.
June 14, 2013
It doesn't say much for the intelligence of Guggenheim Management, the owner of the Dodgers, when Frank McCourt turned out to be the smartest guy in the room. Guggenheim, I have a house I'd like to sell you. It was appraised for $1 million, but I'll let you have it for a million four. There is one condition, however. I keep the garage and the land under it, and you pay me $50,000 per year for the right to park in the garage. You'd better move fast, Guggenheim, before other interested parties emerge.
April 22, 2013 |
Frank McCourt has paid more than $460 million in state and federal taxes related to the sale of the Dodgers, one of his attorneys said Monday. McCourt sold the Dodgers for $2.15 billion last year in a transaction in which Guggenheim Baseball Management bought the team, Dodger Stadium and a 50% stake in the parking lots surrounding the stadium. McCourt retained a 50% stake in the parking lots. As part of the transaction, Guggenheim assumed $412 million in team debts, according to documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.