Should MLB seize the Los Angeles Dodgers?

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.

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.

Pave way for Cuban

Joseph Schwerdt

Sun Sentinel

Yes, but not for long.

It's not much of an upgrade to move control of the Dodgers from its dysfunctional ownership into the hands of Commissioner Bud Selig. But the Dodgers are one of baseball's jewels and certainly its most relevant West Coast franchise. The team is a mess and MLB needs it cleaned up pronto.

So, here's the plan: MLB assumes control, assigns an executive to run the team and forms a committee of former Dodgers as caretakers. Then it launches a search for a new owner (Mark Cuban) and brokers a deal to get Frank McCourt out and the new owner (Mark Cuban) in. The key is for MLB to find the right owner (Mark Cuban) who knows how to build a winning franchise (Mark Cuban).

End McCourt soap opera

Steve Gould

Baltimore Sun

I don't think it's a good idea for a league to be running one of its teams, in part because it has the potential to shade that league toward the owners' side in possible labor disputes with the players' union.

In the case of the Dodgers, however, I think it needs to be done until a successor to current owner Frank McCourt can bring the team back to respectability.

This soap opera with McCourt has gone on for far too long, and it has become clear that he doesn't have the Dodgers' best interests at heart. The added uncertainty of what implications his divorce from Jamie McCourt would have in a bankruptcy resolution is just another reason he should be out of the picture.

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