October 12, 2010 |
I have a list of questions for Dodgers fans, which I will get to in a moment. Last week Frank McCourt fired Dennis Mannion , the guy who has been running the Dodgers for the past year while McCourt has been in hiding. He also dismissed two secretaries, and because McCourt isn't talking, I can only assume they were deemed responsible for putting the team's poor bullpen together. The Dodgers announced McCourt "will resume a more direct and active role in managing the organization.
October 29, 2009 |
The reinstatement of Jamie McCourt as the Dodgers' chief executive officer would be "akin to throwing a bomb into a crowded room," lawyers for Frank McCourt argued in court papers filed Wednesday. On the day after Jamie McCourt filed for divorce, Frank McCourt said in his filing that he fired his estranged wife for having an affair with her driver and for repeatedly undermining the chain of command by not reporting directly to him. Dennis Mannion, the Dodgers' president, said in his filing that Jamie McCourt did not show up for work more than half the time, put her own image ahead of that of the team and "exhibited an almost disdainful disregard for the fundamental requirements of her job and workplace etiquette."
April 5, 2011 |
Frank McCourt's lieutenants met Tuesday with executives from the commissioner's office, presenting McCourt's plan for preserving his ownership of the Dodgers. Neither McCourt nor Commissioner Bud Selig attended the meeting. No decisions were made; the baseball officials promised to forward all the details to Selig. The framework of the plan involves a television deal with Fox that would enable McCourt to settle his divorce, manage the Dodgers' steep debt and improve the team.
April 21, 2010 |
Faced with a $1.3-million cutback to the high school sports program in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the LA84 Foundation and Dodgers owner Frank McCourt have helped spearhead a fundraising drive that will enable more than 700 coaches to be paid and 75 high schools to maintain their sports programs for the coming school year. The district is scheduled to make the official announcement at a news conference Thursday morning at Los Angeles Miguel Contreras Learning Center, where representatives from Nike, Chivas USA, the Dodgers and LA84 will join Board of Education President Monica Garcia and Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines.
August 31, 2010 |
Day 2 of the Dodgers trial, and Frank McCourt is called to the witness stand and asked to state his name. There is palatable tension in the air as he pauses — before getting it right. But it seems to be the only thing he can recall for the next 45 minutes. "I don't know" what happened, he says, "I can't remember," he replies, and "I couldn't say with comfort" how long a meeting went. It's like Page 2 is interviewing him. McCourt is under oath, and what a great opportunity, but attorney David Boies is fixated on a marriage property agreement instead of asking McCourt about Manny Ramirez's departure.
February 28, 2009 |
Stop it, both of you. Put down those egos. Unclench that pride. Get up off the arrogance. Stop it, now, or both of you will lose, and the price of this defeat will be far higher than anything being negotiated. After a winter of slings and arrows, one thing has become outrageously unfortunate. The biggest obstacles to Manny Ramirez's being a Dodger are the two guys trying to make him a Dodger.
April 29, 2011 |
Frank McCourt has been on a speaking binge in New York after spending the last year saying very little to Dodgers fans in Los Angeles. He was on CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Thursday morning, and I would have guessed the Screaming Meanie would have been on the "Squawk Box" before Frank, but these people are full of surprises. Frank seems really upset because Commissioner Bud Selig won't take his call. He said, "I just want to know why he's ducking me. I don't understand.
February 27, 2010
The McCourts haven't paid state or federal taxes for the last five years. Following the McCourts' lead, perhaps Dodgers fans doing their taxes might consider writing off their season tickets as a depreciating asset. For all the hard-working and tax-paying fans paying through the nose for the tickets, parking and food at Dodger Stadium, I say: Suckers! Al Nyberg, Vista Time for a name change to the L.A. Tax Dodgers. That would be truth in advertising. Todd Jameson Torrance :: The Dodgers adding a surcharge to the cost of Friday night games is an outrage.
June 27, 2011 |
A look at the Dodgers under Frank McCourt: 2004 Jan. 29: Major League Baseball unanimously approves the sale of the Dodgers to Frank McCourt for $430 million by News Corp. It is a leveraged deal financed mostly by debt. McCourt's attorney Steve Susman says at a divorce trial in 2010 that McCourt put "not a penny" of his own cash into the deal. In McCourt's first season, the Dodgers win 93 games and take the National League West title for the first time since 1995. 2006 The Dodgers win the NL wild-card spot with an 88-74 record.
August 26, 2011
If Frank McCourt took the same test the Dodgers sent fans about Vin Scully: 1. Knowledge of baseball: "A small white sphere thrown around by grown men who make me millions. " 2. Knowledge of Dodgers: "Great Dodger Dogs. " 3. Objectivity: "I try not to attend because it's not safe" 4. Accuracy of calls: "I never answer. It could be Jamie's lawyers. " 5. Storytelling ability: "Did you hear the one about the priest and the rabbi walking into the bar? …" 6. Focus on the game: "I can't afford cable.