Dodgers sold for $2B to Magic Johnson’s group

March 27, 2012

Tru was the first to break the news.  Lots of web sites are now reporting it:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/baseball/mlb/03/27/dodgers.magic.johnson.ap/index.html

http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/mlb/story/_/id/7745566/los-angeles-dodgers-selling-team-magic-johnson-group

http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/2012/03/27/sold-report-says-magic-johnson-stan-kasten-acquire-dodgers/

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120327&content_id=27685944&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

This is good news but not great news.  It is troubling that the premium price paid may not have included the parking lots.  The following quote was part of the many stories:

“As part of the agreement, the Dodgers said McCourt and “certain affiliates of the purchasers” would acquire the land surrounding Dodger Stadium for $150 million.”

What does this mean?  That McCourt sold everything but then has the option to buy back the land?  And which land does it include?  Are Dodger fans still going to be paying McCourt to park at the stadium?

On the plus side, we get a winning leader, Magic Johnson, as the PR face of the team and a proven winner in Stan Kasten who put together the fantastic Atlanta Braves teams of the 1990’s.

I just hope these new guys are smart enough to make a lot of money from a new media deal which hopefully be funded by commercials and not by raising cable rates.  If they try to get their money back directly out of the fan’s pockets, it might cost a typical family well over $500 to attend a game.


Baseball greats that were briefly on the Dodgers

March 24, 2012

I was watching the MLB Network show 30-30 about the New York Yankees and it showed David Wells.  I  was thinking that he might have been a Dodger but I couldn’t remember for sure.  Another guy was the HOF member Ricky Henderson.  I looked both of them up and found that they both ended their careers as a Dodger.  There are lots of players in this category but they were on the Dodgers so briefly that it is hard to remember them in Dodger blue.

I can remember a few more but I thought this might be a good topic for the OTD community.  Who are the giants of the game who became a Dodger near or at the end of their career?  What do you remember about their time in LA?


Dodgers President… Tony La Russa?

March 14, 2012

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/nl/dodgers/story/2012-03-14/dodgers-owners-sale/53538100/1

This article states that Steve Cohen is the strongest bidder and plans to hire La Russa.  What do you think of that?  I don’t know if being a manager qualifies one to run the entire organization but La Russa has a law degree and certainly has a winning record on the field.  I don’t know how a PR guy becomes president of a team either (Derrick Hall, Dbacks) so maybe La Russa is not that bad of a choice.

As usual, there are a lot of non-roster invitees in camp.  Which one(s) do you think have a chance to stick?  Some folks think highly of Josh Fields.  I never heard of him before he was invited to camp.  If Uribe continues to suck, maybe Fields will get his chance at the hot corner.