Thursday, April 21, 2011

McCourt Relinqueshes Control of Dodgers

Well, if you've been paying any attention to the mess that's been going on amongst the Dodgers ownership group, Thursday's news shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to baseball people. Commissionar Bud Selig announced earlier in the day that he'd be assigning a team of executives to overlook the Dodgers operations throughout the 2011 season.

This is likely the first in a succession of moves to get McCourt out from atop the Dodgers franchise, as his reputation as a selfish, greedy busniesmenn has come to light more and more in recent years. Of the questionable moves by McCourt was to employ his two sons, who probably have 1/2 the baseball expertise needed to hold a front office gig, prominant roles within the organization in which netted them upwards of $15 million annually. I don't get what Frank was doing with the franchise one bit and felt that way ever since he started allowing ridiculous money to be thrown into injury riddled superstars (Jason Schmidt, Manny Ramirez, Rafael Furcal, who hasn't been the same since 2008, and many many more.) He gave Ted Lilly a near $50 million dollar deal, despite worries about the lefties consistency. It just seemed like he didn't want to spend quite the money to get the superstar, rather spending an abundance on 2nd tiere players. Now not all blame can be put on McCourt, he was paying bright baseball minds millions of dollars per year to help him get those decisions right, but he gets his because he failed to do due dilligence in overlooking one of the best franchises in American sports.

Up Next @ BASJ: With the NFL draft now just a week away, it's time to revert full focus back to the gridiron, even though there may not even be playing come September. We already did our Mock Draft Part 1 and 2 with other draft coverage which can be seen here! With the Draft scheduled for next weekend, it's time to finish off our first round extended-mock with picks 21-32 of the first round. We'll also add a shorter version of a 2nd round mock as well, along with the final tweaks to the first two installments, so tune back for series coverage!

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