Frank McCourt moved on from denial to acceptance some time over the past month or two, and yesterday he started to make amends. Speaking to reporters at the dedication of a youth baseball field yesterday, McCourt said that, for the most part, Dodgers fans have been great to him since he’s been there. But then he added:
“I know the last couple years were very, very difficult. I’m very, very sorry about that. We’re going to move forward and handle the situation now in as professional a way as possible and make sure the baton is passed here in a classy way.”
He also said that he’s “clearing up a number of things in my personal life as well,” which I can only assume means that he unfriended Jamie on Facebook and blocked her on Twitter. Good for you, Frank.
Seriously, though, it’s kind of nice to hear a little self-awareness from the guy for once. Too little, too late, but at least it’s something.
Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.
Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.
Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.