Reason 142,378 why the Used Car Salesman is the Worst. Commissioner. Ever.
Bill Hohn is still an MLB umpire.
That was the third time THIS YEAR Hohn’s ejected Bobby. He’s also ejected noted hotheads Chipper, O’Flaherty and McCann in 2010.
Awarding the Dodgers to the McCourts, who are making Angelenos long for the Fox ownership group. In her divorce suit, Jamie McCourt alleges the couple took $108 million in personal distributions from the Dodgers from 2004 to 2009, using money from the team ”as if it was their personal ATM or credit card” to support a lavish lifestyle that included homes in Holmby Hills and Malibu. The McCourts have raised prices on tickets and concessions every year since they’ve owned the Dodgers, who should be in much less leveraged, stable hands.
McCourt was valuable to baseball because of the parcels of land (parking lots) he owned in Boston that could be used as a potential new home for the Red Sox. But he did not have the money to buy the Dodgers and offered a bid that was heavily leveraged. Nor did McCourt have connections to Los Angeles; from the start, he was viewed as an outsider there.
There were other candidates with far better pedigrees: Los Angeles developer and philanthropist Eli Broad offered to buy the team, mostly with cash. Former baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth formed a group to look into purchasing the team, as did Los Angeles real estate mogul Alan Casden. All had more money, visibility and ties to L.A. than the McCourts did.
So because baseball might want to replace Fenway Park one day, the Dodgers were saddled with an underfunded owner with no local ties. Digest that one for a minute.
McCourt’s spokesman, Steve Sugerman, said, ”Frank has made it abundantly clear he is the long-term owner of the Dodgers, and he looks forward to the day when his four boys own and operate the team.”
Hopefully a flock of pigeons with the runs have discovered Bud’s statue in Milwaukee so they can do to the Used Car Salesman what he continues to do to the game of baseball.
- Tide turns swiftly against the McCourts (laobserved.com)