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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bud Selig Announces MLB Takeover of Dodgers

Braves @ Dodgers
7:10 pm
Game 3

News broke this afternoon that Commimissioner Selig will have a MLB representative takeover all aspects of the Dodgers. This comes after owner Frank McCourt secured a $30 million personal loan from Fox to help cover payroll and other costs. McCourt has been accused of using profits from the team  for his own personal extravagant lifestyle. He is currently waged in a heated and costly divorce battle with his wife Jamie.

Selig's statement:


"Pursuant to my authority as Commissioner, I informed Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt
today that I will appoint a representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the Club. I have taken this action because of my deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers and to protect the best interests of the Club, its great fans and all of Major League Baseball. My office will continue its thorough investigation into the operations and finances of the Dodgers and related entities during the period of Mr. McCourt's ownership. I will announce the name of my representative in the next several days.
"The Dodgers have been one of the most prestigious franchises in all of sports, and we owe it to their legion of loyal fans to ensure that this club is being operated properly now and will be guided
appropriately in the future."
This will certainly not mean that the Dodgers will be relocated. This is merely the beginning of the process to which the MLB will most likely push McCourt out. It is unclear if McCourt will fight this since he is cash strapped.


As for, ya know, the game tonight...

So last night once I saw deer-in-the-headlights looking Jansen pitching with Ramon Troncoso warming in the bullpen, I decided to call it a night. Well, to my dismay, I read the final score via text from Scott before I headed to bed. I can't say that I didn't see that coming, and I'm awfully glad I missed that atrocious 9th inning. At one point the Dodgers were only down 2-1, but as we know from experience in 2010, the Dodger bullpen can quite easily turn a close game into a landslide loss faster than you can say "Ramon Troncoso Needs to Go!"

Sigh. Well Andre Ethier did extend his hitting streak to a career high 16 games. Tonight he looks to break his personal best and go for 17 straight.

Derek Lowe (2-2, 1.82), whom we should have never given up, is pitching tonight for the Braves so it most likely will be another loss. Jon Garland (0-1, 11.25) will go to the mound for the Dodgers. In his first shaky outing after returning from the DL he gave up a couple of homers and had an unusual balk.

Vicente Padilla is set to be activated on Friday and join the Dodgers on their road trip which begins in Chicago. We need all the help we can get in the bullpen, since Jansen, Troncoso, and Cormier are pretty much unplayable. We also have no left-hander in the pen since Kuo has been sidelined which puts us at a real disadvantage. We all saw what a much needed tool a good lefty out of the pen is last night after Atlanta's Venters blew away the Dodger hitters.

Lineup:

Carroll 6
Blake 5
Ethier 9
Kemp 8
Uribe 4
Loney 3
Sands 7
Barajas 2
Garland 1

We will bring you more information about today's news as well as the usual post game recap. Stay tuned!

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