MLB took over the LA Dodgers, Wednesday, after the McCourt divorce situation seemingly involved Dodger finance. Frank McCourt, the owner in debate, purchased the Dodgers in 2004 for $430 Million. He has gotten the Dodgers to four post-seasons, prior to that hadn’t been to a post-season since 1988. The controversy came about in October 2009, when Frank and his wife split after 30 years of marriage. The divorce seemed to involve the Dodgers organization, as Frank
is was the owner and chairman of the Dodgers. Read the excerpt, courtesy espn:
“I have taken this action because of my deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers and to protect the best interests of the club,” MLB Commissioner Selig said in a statement.
Seven hours after Selig made his announcement, Frank McCourt issued a statement expressing puzzlement.
“Major League Baseball sets strict financial guidelines, which all 30 teams must follow,” McCourt said. “The Dodgers are in compliance with these guidelines. On this basis, it is hard to understand the commissioner’s action today.”
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had his 50th birthday Wednesday. He said he saw the news on television and then Colletti talked to the team.
“It’s hard to imagine it would happen somewhere like the Dodgers, but there’s crazy stuff going on everywhere. You’re seeing monster major banks going down, so obviously it can happen,” Mattingly said before the game against Atlanta at Dodger Stadium.