On Friday, Frank McCourt and the Dodgers got what most people consider to be a considerable setback in the bankruptcy litigation when the judge ruled that they would not be able to take discovery of the business dealings of other teams with Major League Baseball.
And you know it was horrible for them because it inspired someone with the Dodgers’ PR firm to send out an email in which it was said that “the Los Angeles Dodgers look forward to this hearing …” etc. The only time anyone ever says that they look forward to a hearing or a trial or whatever is when they’re in deep doo-doo. It’s just how that goes.
Also underscoring the notion that McCourt knows he’s kinda screwed now: today his lawyers asked the court to reconsider the decision on the other teams’ financial information. And motions for reconsideration just never, ever work. They’re the litigation equivalent of my son saying “but DAAAAAD!”
So yeah, I think Frank McCourt may be in trouble. Or, more to the point, I think he finally realizes that he’s in trouble.
LAS VEGAS — Farhan Zaidi left his job as the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers to become the president of baseball operations for the San Francisco Giants. While Dodgers president Andrew Friedman remains at the top of the baseball operations department, Zaidi’s departure has left the Dodgers without a general manager. It happens. It also happens that the Dodgers do not plan to replace Zaidi with a new general manager any time soon. They just said so last week.
They do, however, have an assistant general manager now. It’s Jeff Kingston, late of the Seattle Mariners, where he served as Jerry Dipoto’s assistant. Now he is an assistant with no one, nominally, to assist. Seems like some sort of dividing by zero error, philosophically speaking, but we’ll just assume it’ll sort itself out.
Two less cosmic takeaways from this: 1. Kingston is an analytics guy who has typically advised the wheeler-dealer — Dipoto — so it’s fairly safe to assume he’ll do that in Los Angeles too; and 2. that a team is happy to proceed without a general manager should tell you where general managers, well, in general, stand in this age of title inflation in baseball front offices.
I imagine that, after some time in the organization, Kingston will be named the actual general manager with no real change in his duties, further underscoring that, in this day and age, the title of GM is like the value of a Zimbabwean dollar.