The latest on the Dodgers and the McCourts

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For those Dodgers fans who aren’t jumping on the Giants bandwagon — anyone? — Bill Shaikin of the Times has the latest. Among the interesting points:

  • While Frank has taken over baseball operations from fired team President Dennis Mannion, a man named Geoff Wharton, whose background is in real estate, not sports, has taken over business operations. This would suggest to me that Frank’s plans to develop the Dodger Stadium parking lot remain front-burnered. Which is rather depressing;
  • Some talk about what might happen if Jamie wins the court case. This passage is curious: “Jamie realizes the chance of other owners approving her as proprietor of the Dodgers is close to zero.” You know, nothing good at all has come out of this case so far, but if Jamie does win, and a court says, yes, she does and always has been owner of the Dodgers, watching Major League Baseball attempt to keep her out of the owners club would be pretty hilarious. Maybe not worth it, but certainly something redeeming, as I think the fact that baseball thinks it can legally pick and choose owners is downright ridiculous; and
  • People in Los Angeles are actually hoping Magic Johnson might buy the team.  I know he’s a mogul and all, but that’s a pretty sad comment.  Johnson dismisses the idea out of hand because unlike Dodgers fans, he’s not suffering from abuse-induced delusions.

But hey, how about them Giants!