Embattled owner Frank McCourt agreed to sell the Dodgers earlier this week, but Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that he is also entertaining offers for the Los Angeles Marathon.
McCourt has owned the marathon for the past three years, introducing the popular “Stadium to the Sea” route, but Howard Sunkin, senior vice president of the McCourt Group, told Shaikin that he decided to sell the event earlier this summer.
“Frank made a determination several months ago that he needed to concentrate on the Dodgers,” Sunkin said Friday. “We’re listening to offers. We’ll continue to evaluate it.”
While McCourt expects the Dodgers to sell for more than $1.2 billion at auction, two racing industry executives told Shaikin that the marathon would probably sell for less than $20 million. Of course, the marathon is small potatoes compared to the worth of the Dodgers, but this is a sign that he remains hard up for cash.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.