Frank McCourt will be around for at least another month

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The initial hearing in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy took place this afternoon. Just adjourned in fact. The biggest takeaway: Major League Baseball has, for the time being at least, agreed to let Frank McCourt run the team with this interim financing deal.

That agreement seems like the only option at the moment, inasmuch as the judge would not rule on Major League Baseball’s alternative financing plan today, probably because he just saw the thing for the first time this morning.  There will be a hearing on July 20th, however, in which MLB’s financing plan is scrutinized.

So for now, nothing changes in Dodgers land. Frank controls the team — though MLB still has oversight via the controller it installed a couple of months ago — and all operations are continuing to run up Frank McCourt’s debt.

Dig in folks. This is gonna be protracted.

Bryce Harper is pandering hard to Philly fans

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Bryce Harper hadn’t even addressed his new hometown fans before his Phillies jersey started selling like hotcakes. Since then, he’s said all the expected things. Talking about joining the Phillies, he said, “From day one, it felt right … I always talk about family and being a family, being one unit, and I get that from this team. Every guy has your back and vice versa. I’m very excited to go into battle with these guys.”

Harper is continuing to pander hard to Phillies fans. Behold his latest Instagram post:

Has anyone ever really longed to see the Liberty Bell?

Harper also famously recreated that Chase Utley scene from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with actor Rob McElhenney on Twitter:

In Harper’s next post, he will talk about alternating bottles of You-eng-ling beers with glasses of “wooder.” He’ll add that every so often he will treat himself to a steak sandwich with cheese on it, then go home to watch all of the movies in the Rocky series.