LA Update: Frank McCourt Blasts Bud Selig over Dodgers Dispute

After a meeting in New York between estranged Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, McCourt decided to go public with what he feels is an “un-American” action by Selig in regards to taking control of the franchise (ESPN News Link).

While the meeting was to be deemed private, MLB and their offices expressed disappointment when McCourt decided to take his emotions public. The executives in the MLB league office also said that McCourt’s claims were “untrue” and should not be taken as fact.

Well, in simple terms, this was a very stupid move by Frank McCourt if he wished to remain in control of the franchise. The very last thing you should do as an owner is disrespect the man that controls your fate as an owner in the league. Selig recently announced that former Texas Rangers team president Tom Schieffer will take over business control of the team to maintain daily operations.

I don’t see any way McCourt remains as the team owner. What this means for team general manager Ned Colletti or manager Don Mattingly is unforeseen. But, with respect the crux of the issue between Frank McCourt and the league office, the Dodgers owner who is in a nasty battle with his ex-wife Jamie McCourt in divorce court all but sealed his fate as an owner.

Sooner or later, Frank McCourt can go to a country club and tell all his friends that once upon a time, he owned the Los Angeles Dodgers. Because it sure isn’t looking like he’ll be the owner of the team for that much longer.

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