Major League Baseball keeps weeding out bidders for the Dodgers and now we are down to four, reports the L.A. Times:
- The Stan Kasten-Magic Johnson group;
- Hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen;
- St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke; and
- Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley and a financier named Tony Ressler, who is also a minority investor in the Milwaukee Brewers.
True fact: Steven Cohen’s real first name on his birth certificate is “Hedge Fund billionaire.” His parents truly believed in destiny, and in his case it worked.
Anyway, all of these bids have been reported to be seriously moneyed (i.e. not overly-leveraged like Frank McCourt), with some of them having close to a billion dollars in cash alone, with overall bids ranging between $1.3 and $1.6 billion, which would make the Dodgers the largest sports franchise sale in history.
Imagine what they’d be worth if Frank McCourt hadn’t chopped them into little pieces and drove the brand into the ground.
The Brewers and Dodgers haven’t had much action in Game 4 of the NLCS, bringing a 1-1 game through 10 innings and about four and a half hours. We finally got something to get the blood pumping, though, when Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado and Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar exchanged some words with each other, prompting both teams’ benches to spill onto the field.
With one out, Machado grounded a 3-1, 95 MPH fastball to shortstop Orlando Arcia, who made an easy throw to first base to complete the out. Machado, running the play out, dragged his left leg, slamming it into Aguilar’s leg as he crossed the bag, causing himself to stumble momentarily. Machado went back and jawed at Aguilar like it was his fault.
Machado has not had the best press in the NLCS. He failed to run out a grounder in Game 2, then made a couple of slides in Game 3 that attempted to interfere with Arcia at the second base bag. He was called for interference on the second one. Machado hasn’t earned the benefit of the doubt for his actions tonight.
It’s difficult to imagine Machado’s behavior during the NLCS will affect his windfall as a free agent this offseason, but he’s proving to be somewhat of a distraction for a team trying to get back to the World Series. And that’s not good.