Bud Selig is freaking out about the McCourts

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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.

Freddie Freeman exits game after being hit on wrist by pitch

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Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman had to exit Wednesday night’s game against the Phillies after he was hit on the left wrist by a Hoby Milner fastball in the bottom of the eighth inning. Charlie Culberson pinch-ran for him and stayed in the game to play first base.

You may recall that Freeman’s left wrist is the one that was fractured by an Aaron Loup pitch last year. Understandably, there’s some concern here. The Braves should provide an update later tonight or on Thursday.

Freeman went 1-for-3 in Wednesday’s game before exiting. On the season, he’s batting .288/.468/.492 with two home runs, 12 RBI, and 12 runs scored in 79 plate appearances.