There will be lots of rulings in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy case, but the first major one came today: the judge said that Major League Baseball does not have to turn over the metric-butt-ton of documents Frank McCourt sought in his motion the other day.
The document issue itself is kind of boring, but the overall rationale for denying McCourt’s request bodes well for those of us who would like to see this case move quickly and efficiently: From Bill Shaikin’s report in the L.A. Times:
“This is clearly, in my mind, not an appropriate occasion to turn this hearing into a trial on the commissioner”
Granted, this could bog down again later. But if the judge was not impressed with Frank McCourt’s claims of being singled out by Major League Baseball at this preliminary step of the case, he may very well not be too impressed with it later, either. Which means that it’s more likely that this will be less a “trial on the commissioner” and more of a trial on McCourt’s management of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
And if that’s the case, things won’t go well for him.