Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports that Bud Selig is not at all happy that the McCourt case is still dragging on:
. . . according to four people who have spoken with him, Selig is dismayed at
the public spectacle surrounding the divorce and concerned about the
potential for lasting damage to the league and its flagship West Coast
franchise. He has told those people he wants the Dodgers’ ownership
situation resolved long before his scheduled retirement in 2012.
The rest of the article is spent musing over what, if any, options Selig and Major League Baseball have to hasten the resolution of this mess. The answer seems to be “none.” He can’t force a sale because that would foment more litigation — probably from Frank — and could harm the value of the team even worse than it’s currently being harmed. He can’t intervene in the lawsuit even if the court would let him — which I doubt it would — because that would make things even messier.
I guess the only thing he can do is to make sure that he doesn’t allow someone to buy a baseball team on store credit again, thereby preventing this from repeating itself in the future. Because people with cash know how to deal with ugly litigation: they settle it. Quietly.
Manager Bud Black has tabbed Jon Gray to start on Opening Day for the Rockies. That will be Monday, April 3 in Milwaukee against the Brewers in an afternoon contest.
Gray, 25, is starting Opening Day for the first time in his career. He’ll be the sixth different Rockies pitcher to start Opening Day in as many years.
The Rockies and Gray had a bit of a scare on Friday as he left his spring training start with discomfort in his left foot, but everything came up clean in an MRI. He pitched again on Wednesday with no issue.
Last season, Gray went 10-10 with a 4.61 ERA and a 185/59 K/BB ratio in 168 innings. A consensus top prospect entering each of the previous three seasons, Gray surprisingly put up better numbers at Coors Field — the most hitter-friendly park in baseball — than away.
Today Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker named Blake Treinen as his closer. Treinen has saved exactly one big league game.
There wasn’t necessarily an obvious choice, however. Last year Washington had Mark Melancon, but with him gone and GM Mike Rizzo’s failure to land a high-profile closer in the offseason, it became a contest between Treinen Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover.
Treinen posted a 2.28 ERA with 31 walks and 63 Ks in 67 innings in 2016. His big improvement last year came against lefties, who had tattooed him in the past. He pitched well this spring as well, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.
The Nats are our favorites to win the NL East, but we do have some questions about the pen. Blake Treinen will take the first crack at answering them.