Don't spoil the fun

Phil Rogers

Chicago Tribune

Please, Bud Selig, don't step in.

For the good of the sport, Major League Baseball will probably step in to seize control of the Dodgers from Frank McCourt.

But watching from a distance there's something entertaining about the whole fiasco. What will Frank do next? Will he hire himself as the third-base coach, paid $10 million a year? Will he sack Ned Colletti and hire his son as general manager, at $20 million a year?

Oh, the spectacle this could become. MLB should stop trying its tough love with McCourt and start playing hardball. That is, doing nothing and just watching to see what happens next. There's a radical idea, although MLB probably doesn't want to be a 29-team operation.

progers@tribune.com

Stay the heck away

Bill Kline

Morning Call

Whereas Major League Baseball already owns too many abnormal rights such as the anti-trust exemption.

Whereas although Frank McCourt flipped the Dodgers into the Clippers of baseball, it was his prerogative to do so.

Whereas the bankruptcy court has authorized a stopgap loan to keep the Dodgers afloat.

Whereas the same judge may very well approve McCourt's $3 billion local TV deal that Selig so arrogantly rejected.

And whereas the next time McCourt marries he'll have a pre-nup more untouchable than a Verlander fastball.

The monopoly known as Baseball and Bud Selig should stay the hell away from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

wkline@tribune.com

Pave way for Cuban