Frank McCourt is making good on a charitable commitment

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When Frank and Jamie McCourt bought the Dodgers several years ago, one of their signature philanthropic initiatives was the Dodgers Dreamfield program, which was devoted to renovating and reviving youth baseball fields serving disadvantaged neighborhoods.

It would fit a certain storyline involving Frank McCourt if the promise of that initiative went unfulfilled.  But, thankfully — and to Mr. McCourt’s credit — that is not the case. From the Los Angeles Times:

The Dodgers Dream Foundation built — or rebuilt — nine youth baseball fields across Southern California from 2003 to 2010. In 2011, as McCourt’s ownership collapsed, he radically accelerated the Dreamfield program … the Dodgers Dream Foundation delivered 10 fields last year alone.

The Dodgers are rushing to complete six more fields this year — before April 30, when McCourt is scheduled to transfer ownership to new hands. After last weekend’s ceremony, the Dodgers have five fields to complete within five weeks, which would increase the total number of fields to 25.

Now, don’t anyone ruin this by talking about how many more they could have done if for not this or that or by telling me that the only reason McCourt rushed to do this was because of some complicated tax incentive or something.

I mean, there’s plenty of reasons to dislike Frank McCourt. I would prefer it if there were one reason left to like him.

Video: Clint Frazier loses go-ahead home run to Tropicana Field speaker

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Yankees pinch-hitter Clint Frazier hit what appeared to be a go-ahead solo home run off of Vidal Nuño in the top of the ninth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rays. Tropicana Field had other ideas. The ball struck a speaker hanging from the ceiling, then was caught in shallow left field by shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.

That’s a tough break.

The Yankees went on to lose 7-6 when Jake Bauers hit a walk-off solo home run off of Chasen Shreve in the bottom of the 12th inning. The Rays swept the Yankees in their three-game home series over the weekend. They’re still 14 games behind the Yankees in the AL East, however.