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.

B.J. Upton is going by B.J. Upton again

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Outfielder B.J. Upton went by the name B.J., short for Bossman Junior, through the 2014 season. His father Manny was known as Bossman, hence Bossman Junior. Upton decided he wanted to be referred to by his birth name Melvin starting in 2015, saying that everyone except baseball fans knew him by that name. Now, he’s back to B.J., Scott Boeck of USA TODAY Sports reports.

For those keeping score at home, Upton is the artist formerly and currently known as B.J.

Upton, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2016. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians in December 2017 but was released in the middle of last March and wasn’t able to latch on with another team. It seems unlikely he finds his way back to the majors.