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

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.

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

  1. I will gladly pay an extra $10 to have McCourt park and detail my car. LoL. I will make sure to have my daughter throw up on the seats.

    So when is the going away party?

  2. koufax1963 says:

    Let the party start! Shots! 32 you are right Mccourt still has his fingers in the land, but it isn’t soley his, it is a partnership with thenew owners. May not like it, but I can remember the McCourt era for taking the dodgers to the NLCS two years in row for the first time in long enough time.! I’m Happy about this , Finally!

  3. lbirken says:

    I am pleased that Magic Johnson is part of the winning group but I am shocked at the price and the question of who really will end up owning the real estate. I also hope that when all the dust settles and the executive management team is in place we all know who is responsible and accountable.

    I also could not help notice comments about the new ownership continuing what the McCourts have done in the community. While this sort of thing is important and should continue, the reality is ownership’s first responsibility is to provide the fans with the most competitive and exciting team possible.

    I do have to admit I am a bit surprised that the transfer of ownership may actually happen within the timetable set by the court. I thought Frank would find some way to derail things with some legal wrangling. I am trouble by the mention of joint ventures if Frank is involved in any way but we will just have to wait and see what happens.

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      Birk – the caveat here is, the fat lady hasn’t sung yet. Plenty of time for some legal shenanigans by Frank and/or Jamie now that she’s only netting a paltry $131M.

  4. nellyjune says:

    We have been sold? I have been out of the Dodger loop today other than the few text alerts I received during the game. Love reading about this!!! It is almost party time!

  5. martinloneykemp says:

    Not celebrating until I know that McSlime will have NO PART OF ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE DODGERS.

  6. dodgereric says:

    I feel like ………… what? I feel like I should be happy. But I’m not. Perhaps this is what a newly-divorced man feels like: I’m free of the problems given to me by the person I just got rid of…..but she still has half of my money.

    Funny. I should be a lot happier than I am. We were promised he’d be gone and he’s not. He dragged our team through the slime and he’s walking away not only with a billion dollars or so in profit, but he’s still here. Shame on Bud Selig for allowing this to happen.

    I’m sure that Magic and his group will do a good, honest job with the Dodgers and eventually return them to power in the National League. That is indeed enough to celebrate. Long live the King, but not only is the old king not dead, he’s singing and laughing.

    It’s not enough.

  7. enchantedbeaver says:

    Let’s hope this group still has a TON of cash left over because there’s a shitload of fixin’ to do.

  8. 32and53fan says:

    It may be way too early to worry about the fate of the land. I have always thought that the long term goal of McCourt was to be able to build luxury high rise condos on the rim of the parking lot with those great views of downtown Los Angeles. If that happens, the fans at the top of the park will get to look at the buildings instead of the downtown view.

    It might be a mute point if the city will not rezone the land for high density residential use. But with the amount of new taxes to be generated, it is very likely that a rezoning could occur.

    If in fact the land does get developed in that manner, why not let McCourt reap the benefits? He was the clever capitalist who was smart enough to hire the best lawyers and separate the Dodgers into multiple entities. We may not like it, but he broke no laws. He did what countless other businessmen have done by spinning off corporation assets. At least he did not cause thousands of jobs to be shipped overseas. If the city and county let someone build on the hill in the future, it might as well be the guy with the vision to see the possibilities before anyone else.

    If that land is developed, I hope it at least will include shopping/entertainment features that benefit the average Dodger fan, not just some people rich enough to buy a new condo with a killer view of LA.

    • lbirken says:

      Sorry, I do not share your sentiments. I agree, Frank McCourt is a smart guy. But don’t you think there is something fundamentally wrong when an owner of a company can drive it into the ground and walk away not only with a boatload of money but also still have a piece of a potentially valuable asset? Too bad he did not use his business skills in a more positive way.

      • Technically there is a logical and ethical break when this happens, but ENRON, and countless other companies who have failed gave their CEO’s and executive board pension and money while the company floundered. GM had to be bailed out and the top of the company got raises. BofA, etc,all have this same problem. The mere fact that he has beat a city, the IRS, and baseball and its fans is a true testament of how todays economy works. He’s a genious and after all is said and done, he’ll be remembered for prosperity in getting the team back within games of 2 consecutive WS’s, and then the divorce and bankruptcy. A 10 year fiasco, IMHO.

      • 32and53fan says:

        I’m not saying I like it. In fact I hate it. There is something wrong with the system that lets a despicable guy like McCourt get away with something like this. I don’t want anyone to develop the land and take away the views enjoyed by fans that attend the games.
        I would like to see the city and county prohibit any construction on the south side of the stadium that would impede the existing views. If housing has to be built, I would like to see it revert back to the original agreement between the evictees of Chavez Ravine and the government and build some low income housing on a few acres on the north side, maybe where the auxiliary parking lot is located.
        With the way McCourt has played the capitalist game, maybe a little socialism would serve the public interest more.

  9. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Guess the great day has come, sort of. I think Magic’s group has been taken because the parking lots and surrounding land are not included. It bothers me that Frankie is still part of the LA scene. I wanted him totally gone. He’s like doggie doo someone has stepped in and it won’t go away!

    All we can do is hope that the future of the team is in good hands and that their stewardship will help ease the pain and shame of the last few years.

  10. nellyjune says:

    It is being said that Magic Johnson’s group has control over the parking lots during all the games, and that any development surrounding the lots has to be approved by said group. So, it appears Magic Johnson’s group has some say over what Frank is allowed “or not allowed” to do, but like you all have said, it would have been better if Frank was just gone…..period. I am a glass half-full person so I am hoping this group is looking out for the best interest of the fans, who (hopefully they know) have suffered a great deal these past few years dealing with this crook.
    .
    Next order of business…………………………Ned needs to be gone.

  11. crash24now says:

    Meanwhile, T-34 days. Ned, by all rights, should have some serious short-timer disease right about now.

  12. 32and53fan says:

    Anyone notice anything different about this blog?

    I am sick of thinking about the economics and ownership and other non baseball operations related stories. I just hope today’s news of a new ownership group will be the start of building the Dodgers back to the premiere team of the National League.

    It would be nice to see some major resources placed in the development system so the Dodgers could have the best farm system in baseball again. Kemp has finally turned out to meet his potential. The Dodgers could use a few more star position players that come up through the ranks.

    I am not a big fan of paying players over $20 million. But there must be a way to bring some guys in that make it to the highlight reels on ESPN and MLB Network. This team should be in contention to reach the World Series every year.

  13. enchantedbeaver says:

    Question – How long does Ned last once Kasten gets a hold of baseball operations and really sees the job he’s been doing?

    50 days – over or under?

    • nellyjune says:

      I think we will have a new GM by June 1st (interim or otherwise), which is 65 days away. I think it will take a month to get all situated, and then it depends on if they get an interim GM or actually go out looking for a GM right away. So, as far as Ned being gone, I am thinking under 50 because they will want someone in place and comfortable before the trade deadline. That would be my thinking, but then if it really were me….Ned would be gone day 1 after the new ownership takes over.

  14. crash24now says:

    Under 50 days. I give you:

    Exhibit A – Uribum
    Exhibit B – Andruw, the Caracao Cow
    Exhibit C – Jason Shit

  15. nedisajerk says:

    That’s so weird the Mariners/A’s playing a regular season game in Japan as I type this it’s 1-1 in the bottom of the 7th and every other teams are still playing exhibition games.

  16. grizzy says:

    I should feel better about this, but I do not. I don’t think we’re out of the woods yet.

  17. messagebear says:

    The whole Dodger fiasco was created and played through by Bud Selig – easily the worst Commish of baseball EVER. He has been totally outplayed by McScum, and anybody who ever looks for rules in the MLB has to conclude that there are no rules. So, let’s get rid of the monopoly protections for baseball. As far as all the owners are concerned, they’re probably cheering, because Bud has now elevated the perceived worth of all their franchises by at least 100%. To bring the real value to that level will cost all baseball fans somehow for the next generation.

    I’m OK with the new ownership, as long as they get rid of Ned and excise the rest of the cancer from throughout the organization promptly and permanently. It will be a pleasure to concentrate on matters on the field again.

  18. koufax1963 says:

    Um I wonder what NEDs unspecified contract details, I am sure mcCourt had the the last pick for certain reason, all selfish, but perhaps he is making backroom deals, thus Ned’s tenure may remain for this season or longer, perhaps Ned could pull off some deals if he had full financial backing, but geez he made some awful blunders (see Crash24 exhibits above,and theres more), sure I would not want him as GM if I were owner. Let me see how this season plays out, it is really late to get anything improved for opening day, but a year from now? All of us should be happy that McCourt although not gone, is pushed aside, not a strong influence, and I believe this new ownership knows that putting a competitive team on the field is the way the Dodgers and their Fans want it. I imagine all administrative and field management will stay put until a WS strategy is laid out. GO DODGERS! and what a relief not to have divorce, bankruptsy and judges to think about anymore.

  19. JhallWally says:

    Wow!!! What an exciting day and turn of events for our Dodgers…

    Yes 32/53, the field is indeed looking much greener today… LOL!!

    Now, start the new Dodger era off right and can Nedcompoop soon… And send Stan Conte packing with him….

    • 32and53fan says:

      Finally it is time to reverse the negative image of the Dodgers and restore it to normal. The darkness has been replaced by light.

  20. JhallWally says:

    Its hard to get completely giddy about the whole deal when a cretin like Frank can basically rape the Dodger franchise and name for his own vanity and gain and still walk away 10 times richer. What he did to the team and franchise was/is criminal.

    But, at least he seems to have bested his tramp ex-wife in the process.

    • trublu4ever says:

      I’m so glad we won’t have to speak the McCourt name ever again! I think it will be a bright future for the Dodger fans.

  21. crash24now says:

    Kasten has been a GM before (although in the NBA, not the MLB). So he can easily see what a rotten job Ned has done. Ned’s contract details really don’t matter, because they can buy him out or just sit him on the sidelines for that matter. Before the ink is dry on the final deal, Kasten should pull Ned aside and say:

    “No more deals for you!”

  22. messagebear says:

    The ideal plan using the bankruptcy would be to cancel Ned’s contract (and a few others) under the bankruptcy law, if that is a possibility.

    • crash24now says:

      If that’s the case, here are a couple contracts with deferred payments that should be canceled:

      Manny $8,087,432 deferred – cheater

      Andruw $3,375,000 deferred – grinning idiot, fat bastard

  23. vl4eccjr says:

    One can describe Frank as something similar to an armor plated cockroach. No matter how hard, or how many times you step on them, they survive somehow. It reminds me of an old 70’s sci-fi movie called “Damnation Alley” where they dealt with the nasty bugs somewhere in what’s left of SLC, Utah!

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      Sadly VL, I know of which movie you speak. George Peppard, Jan-Michael Vincent, and that really ugly kid. I remember actually going to the theater and seeing it.

  24. dodgereric says:

    I’m feeling a little better about things today.

    I’ve officially ended my boycott of Dodger Stadium. I’ve turned my classic Dodger sign right-side up in my cubical at work. Better yet, I now have 4 tickets for Opening Day. They’re in just about the worst possible place, the top row of the Reserved deck in right field, wrapped around the foul pole, so you know the place is just about sold out. But I don’t care. These seats are pretty close to the ones my Dad and I sat in when we saw Joe Ferguson make that throw in the ’74 Series. That’s a pretty good memory.

    I’ve decided I want to be there. I want to root, root, root for the home team again.

  25. 32and53fan says:

    Here is a 40 minute interview from 2011 with one of the new owners, Peter Guber. He gives his point of view on the sports and entertainment business.

    http://www.variety.com/video/?1534995210001//Peter

    The video cuts in and out on my system but the audio is solid. Update: watching in full screen mode prevents the flickering.

    He has some good insight on what it takes to create a successful sports franchise. He mentioned a few things about what McCourt did wrong when he started like immediately raising parking prices which put people in a bad mood upon first entering the stadium.

    I like what this guy has to say about running a team.

  26. crash24now says:

    Some comments from Matt Kemp about the news of the sale:

    “I think it’s tight, man, for Magic to be one of our owners,” said Kemp, who signed an eight-year, $160 million extension this winter. “He knows what the Dodgers mean to L.A. Magic is very important to L.A., and the fans love him. This is a pretty good day for the Dodgers.”

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/dailypitch/post/2012/03/dodgers-players-magic-johnson-owner-/1#.T3NsCnnIeaQ

  27. 32and53fan says:

    If some of you are experiencing the new policy of the LA Times to only allow a certain number of articles to be read each month and throwing up a big banner asking you to subscribe if that number is exceeded, you are in luck. Just go to http://unblockbypass.com and enter the URL for the LA Times article you wish to read. The limitation is removed and you can once again read entire stories.

  28. lbirken says:

    When you do get to the L.A. Times please read T.J. Simers column. He pretty much sums up how I feel about things right now. I still remain cautiously optomistic about new ownership. It will take time to make changes and hopefully we will not be talking much about onwership but about the team, second guessing the manager and GM and worrying about lineups. As for Ned, I would not be surprised if he lasted the season if the Dodgers are still in the hunt for a playoff spot. Of course, if the season starts badly Ned might be gone quicker than I think (and certainly not quick enough for most of us). It just makes sense to me for new ownership to take time to evaluate what is currently in place as well as available options. Who knows, maybe Ned has issues with new ownership and he resigns.

  29. vl4eccjr says:

    Now that phase one is almost complete, does any one want to lay odds on how long Nedcompoop hangs on before he’s kicked to the curb? How about Bunnynuts?
    The sooner the better for both with me. BTW Tru, I agree Steiner needs to go too. 😉

  30. oldbrooklynfan says:

    All I got on my mind is that the team will be a lot richer than it was, now that the Guggleheim group is taken over. I understand they got MONEY. No more excuses. Magic, Kasten, Walter and the rest could make things a lot easier around here and help bring back a franchise that we can all be proud of and win us some World Championships.

    • 32and53fan says:

      If they were the owners a couple of years ago, we would probably have C.C. Sabathia, Carlos Santana, and Pujols or Fielder on the team now.. More importantly, the farm system would be on the way to getting back to the greatness of the past when it was the best in baseball.

  31. messagebear says:

    One thing is not clear to me, and the answer could make a big difference. What is the role of Guggenheim Partners in the bid for our Dodgers? I expect that it will be Guggenheim rather than Magic and Kasten that will put up the $2 billion plus. Will it be the managing partners of Guggenheim who will put in their own private dollars in order to fulfill their personal goals of owning the Dodger franchise, or will they be investing Guggenheim investor dollars for that venture? In my mind there is a big difference. If you deal with hedge funds and similar investor groups, and I put Guggenheim in that category, they will ultimately want to derive a proper return on their $2 billion investment. Given the risk, I would be looking for at least an 8% annual return, which on $2 billion is $160 a year. Remember that the investment in purchasing the franchise doesn’t include money to refurbish Dodger Stadium, nor to build the future of our franchise in terms of the farm system. Now, just how many teams in MLB generate a $160 million annual profit? I think the answer is NONE.

    If the $2 billion plus is investor money, how soon before the Guggenheim management realizes that they’re not providing a satisfactory return to their investors? What happens then? I would just like to see that clarification of the ownership dollars made before I start cheering about the future prospects of our team on the field.

  32. messagebear says:

    Correction: that of course should read $160 million…

  33. enchantedbeaver says:

    Looks like the hitting’s been in mid-season form lately. Sure glad Ned “upgraded” or we could be in serious trouble.

  34. trublu4ever says:

    Good news: I juust read that McCrook will get NO revenue from the parking lots….YAY

  35. messagebear says:

    What’s the possibility we’ll experience the “garbage out – garbage in” phenomenon with this ownership change? Look for the telltale signs if the new owners keep Ned around in order to keep certain “continuity” in the organization. That’s what I’m dreading.
    The new owners may be looking at all the fans’ enthusiasm and sellout crowds and start thinking that they can ride with what they’ve got for a while. We got to start putting their feet to the fire early on, my friends.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      I’d like to believe, even though I know most of you, won’t be with me on this, that if the new owners are nothing like McCourt, they will provide more money for the team’s operations, which will make it easier for Ned to do a better job. Maybe he won’t be forced into making as many bad decisions as he’s made in the past.
      Just a thought.

  36. trublu4ever says:

    And, another bright note….Magic will use the Yankees blueprint for success…..thank goodness…I guess that means no more dumpster diving for us!

    • JhallWally says:

      🙂 That will be nice. However, it’s really not how much you ultimately spend, it’s how you spend it. Nedcompoop has had plenty of money to spend the past 5-6 years. We really need a GM with half a clue.

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      I really don’t like buying your way to a pennant either. What I want is for this group to build a terrific farm system and fill in a spot or two as needed with trades or FAs. I’d much rather watch our own than a bunch of mercs and journeymen. If that takes another 3-4 years, so be it.

      • JhallWally says:

        Yep Beav, the old Dodger way…. I am 100% with you…

      • 32and53fan says:

        Building a team through the farm system is Stan Kasten’s philosophy. He will start organizing to make that happen right away. Meanwhile, the new owners are not afraid to fill in the gaps with some quality players to cover the short term.

        • trublu4ever says:

          Sounds great to me!

        • 32and53fan says:

          Kasten already said he has no plans to fire anybody right away. He wants to meet the people and try to find the right place for each of them. It might buy Colletti an extra few months. Ned has blown some big bucks on deals that didn’t work out but hindsight is 20/20. Schmidt and Jones seemed like a good idea at the time. Who knew they would crash and burn so badly. Maybe Kasten will give him a chance at the trading deadline to redeem himself. Still, I would rather see him replaced with a top line GM.

  37. martinloneykemp says:

    I’m still undecided about my return to Dodger Stadium. McCourt still has a piece. Not only am I bothered that McCourt remains around, I have a problem with anybody who goes into any kind of a partnership with McCourt. That group includes the new ownership group.

  38. trublu4ever says:

    Happy Birthday to you….Happy Birthday to you….Happy Birthday, Dear, Dodgereric, …….Happy Birthday to you!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. nedisajerk says:

    Phan probably won’t like this but Pierre just made the Phillies opening day roster.

    • crash24now says:

      So Podsednik is likely not going to be on the opening day roster.

    • JhallWally says:

      LOL!! Pierre is really not a bad piece for around $1M/year or under until they get healthy. That is around what they are paying him. Of course, he doesn’t need the money anymore since Nedcompoop set him up with that ridiculous 5 year-$45M deal we are still paying off.

      Just saw that Aaron Rowland was released. It’s easy to see why Ned is such a joke coming from the G’aints. The Rowland and Zito deals are right up there with the Pierre, Schidt, Andruw, and Manny deals that crippled our payroll.

      I’m still a bit surprised that someone hasn’t picked up Miles…
      Maybe they have and I just haven’t heard about it.

    • nellyjune says:

      Out of all the teams for JP to end up on, it’s the Phillies. Well, I wish JP luck dealing with that crowd if he doesn’t live up to their standards.

  40. nellyjune says:

    Happy Birthday Eric!!!

  41. crash24now says:

    Happy Birthday Mr. Cleaver, er, Eric!

  42. trublu4ever says:

    DRE!

  43. crash24now says:

    So who said he can’t hit lefties?

  44. sparkleplenty1 says:

    The more I see of Capuano, the more I like him. He has been quite impressive today. Let’s hope that he can continue his good pitching throughout the season.

  45. enchantedbeaver says:

    BTW, so glad they’ll be sending down Lingblom and keeping Guerrier, MacDougal, Wright and Coffey. They’ll make for a real impressive bullpen.

    • trublu4ever says:

      Maybe Donnie thinks Guerrier means Grinder….and, you know Wally approves of grinders too 😉

      • enchantedbeaver says:

        None of those a-holes could pitch their way out of a wet paper bag.

        Ahh – feels good to start stretching it out. Sarcasm’s coming around nicely. My derogatory cutters are working. I’ll be ready for the season in another couple of comments…

      • JhallWally says:

        🙂 Sure glad we decided to send Grabow (a lefty that hadn’t given up a run this spring) packing and keep freaking washed up Wright. Geez!!! I guess we needed another Cormier.

        • enchantedbeaver says:

          Ned’s got to be the stupidest GM ever when it comes to player personnel decisions. Who in the hell signs MacDougal, Coffey AND Wright (all crap righties) when you’ve got a better pitcher in Lindblom who’s not only cheaper, but actually EARNED his way onto the team last year. Then he keeps only one lefty even though all the other lefties have outpitched the crap mentioned above. Kasten should fire Ned’s ass right on the spot and replace him with a chimp in the interim.

        • nedisajerk says:

          Let’s be honest here Wally do you really want to keep Grabow? The way Grabow pitched in the spring he does deserve it over Wright and Coffeybbv. The last 2 years with the Cubs were terrible. In Wright defense with the Mariners he wasn’t bad but than again he pitch with Seattle and just like the Giants last year the Mariners had some good pitching but couldn’t hit a lick and scored runs. Oh look another former Giants on our roster and he pitched for them back in 2006 and I hope he get cut when Belisario come back.

  46. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Could be Coffey’s been brewed too long – that was some horrible pitching we just witnessed.

  47. enchantedbeaver says:

    Well, I thought I had the sarcasm and cutters working today, but I need to start working in some quips here and there to keep the other commentors off balance. My straight logic needs some honing, but its still a work in progress. All-in-all I think I’ll be able to come out of the gait strong, throwing in some off-speed songs and an occasional off the wall curve. I’m hoping for a big year and putting in a strong effort for the Sty Dung Award, named after Ned’s tenure.

  48. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I’m assuming that Lilly is now the #5 pitcher, because I can’t see them switching starters back and forth. I was thinking that Eovaldi or someone else would’ve replaced Lilly for one turn, and they would’ve kept the rotation in tact or more to the point as it was..

  49. nellyjune says:

    Josh Ratwich reported on twitter that he was hit by an Andre Ethier foul ball. I told him it was payback for leaving us. He is doing great with the Dbacks organization. It makes a difference when you are working for people who know what they are doing.

  50. trublu4ever says:

    Billz (_|_)~~~~!

  51. enchantedbeaver says:

    Well folks, who goes when Belisario reaches eligible status?

    (A) MacDougal
    (B) Coffey
    (C) Wright
    (D) Belisario

    Personally, I wish there were an (E) All of the above.

  52. trublu4ever says:

    Who’s going to get the last spot on the roster? Josh, Justin…or somebody else?

  53. nellyjune says:

    Dee Gordon is back in LA!! The boys are breaking camp and coming back to their baseball home for the season. Can’t wait to see how this season unfolds for the team and its players. Four more days until it begins again. Until then, let’s hope our Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles show the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim there is only one team in Los Angeles and they where Dodger Blue.
    .
    And for the record enchanted, I hope it’s A. I wasn’t impressed last season, and he certainly hasn’t given me any reason to change my mind this spring. If I’m a starting pitcher, he’s the last person I want to see coming in to relieve me, no matter the score.

    • nellyjune says:

      *wear
      One day on spring break, and the spelling goes to hell – lol!!!

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      I think what holds MacDougal is that he lead the team in “HOLDS”. He seemed to give up runs but, more often than not, not enough runs to blow the lead. Not that it’s good but most of the runs that scored while he was pitching were inherited. Just my thought of way he keeps his job.

  54. enchantedbeaver says:

    I wonder since Kasten doesn’t get to take the reigns until May 1 if he’s looking at the squad Ned’s assembled on the 25-man and wondering why guys like MacDogDoo, Coffey, Wright and Cruz/Fields are making the team and guys like Lindblom, Eovaldi and Sellers aren’t (I have to assume Lindblom and Sellers aren’t because they’re far superior players to the others mentioned.)

  55. messagebear says:

    With what this ownership group is overpaying for the franchise, my prediction is that it is going to lose its ass. It won’t be long before the fans feel the dire consequences. McCourt won’t be the end of our troubles – just the beginning. Sorry for the sad outlook. Hopefully we get some enjoyment on the field before the roof collapses.

  56. JhallWally says:

    Welcome to the Hotel California…

    This could be heaven or it could be hell….

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