October 2011 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
MLB, Frank McCourt Nearing Agreement
The Dodgers' bankruptcy hearings have been postponed until late November so that owner Frank McCourt can look into a potential agreement with Major League Baseball, according to a source. Terms of the agreement may include McCourt agreeing to sell the team, according to The Los Angeles Times. The sides were originally scheduled to appear in bankruptcy court starting Oct. 31 with a judge ruling on competing motions for four days.
Dodgers' Attorney Believes Assailants, Stow Share Liability
An attorney representing the Dodgers and owner Frank McCourt filed a civil complaint against the two men charged in the Opening Day beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow in Los Angeles Superior Court last week, arguing that they should be held liable for the attack, not McCourt, the team or other parties named in the suit filed by Stow's family in May. "One of the things the jury will be asked to do is to determine what percentage of fault various individuals have for this event," McCourt's attorney Jerome Jackson told ESPNLosAngeles.com. "You're saying to the jury, 'They (the Stow family) are saying we're 100 percent liable. But does that mean (Marvin) Norwood and (Louis) Sanchez, who beat this guy up, have no liability? And, does it mean Mr. Stow himself has no liability?' "
Kuo To Have Fifth Elbow Surgery
Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo will undergo surgery on his left elbow for the fifth time in his career on Friday, this time an arthroscopic procedure to remove a loose body. The procedure normally is considered a minor one, and Kuo is expected to be at full strength by the start of spring training. "(But) it's never a minor procedure if it is attached to the elbow of Kuo,'' Dodgers medical-services director Stan Conte said. "We don't expect it to be a big deal, but you kind of hold your breath when it's a surgery involving Kuo.''
MLB Claims McCourt Took $190M From Dodgers
Major League Baseball claims that Dodgers owner Frank McCourt took approximately $190 million from the team in what a court filing termed "looting." "The Dodgers are in bankruptcy because McCourt has taken almost $190 million out of the club and has completely alienated the Dodgers' fan base," the court filing said. The Dodgers countered that Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig approved one of the deals that provided McCourt with money. They also said in filings that Selig acted in bad faith when he said he would reject a new team television contract.
Furcal: Trade To Cardinals Was 'Tough Decision'
Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal, who injected life into the team as they charged into the playoff picture in the second half of the season, says the decision to leave the Dodgers was a tough one. Furcal had to approve the trade from Los Angeles to St. Louis. "It was a tough decision," he said. "I've got a house over there. I liked the team. I loved the fans. But I'm going to be 34 years old and they already got a guy [who's] going to be great player, Dee Gordon. "They gave me 24 hours to make a decision. And it was the best one I made in my career." The trade reinvigorated both Furcal and his new team. After batting just .197 in 37 games with the Dodgers, the switch-hitter had at least one hit in 20 of his first 25 starts with St. Louis, helping push the team back into the playoff hunt.
Dodgers Give O's Permission To Talk With Watson
The Dodgers have granted the Orioles permission to interview DeJon Watson, L.A.'s assistant general manager for player development, for Baltimore's vacant general manager position, according to a source. It isn't immediately clear when or if that interview will take place. Watson previously interviewed for the general manager position with the Diamondbacks, as did fellow Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White, late in the 2010 season before that job eventually went to Kevin Towers.
Kershaw Wins Spahn Award
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was named this year's winner of the Warren Spahn Award on Thursday as the game's best left-hander. The award, which is presented annually by the Bricktown Rotary Club of Oklahoma City and the Jim Thorpe Association, is based on a pitcher's wins, strikeouts and ERA, with Kershaw having led the NL or tied for the lead in all three categories.
Mattingly: Dodgers 'Need A Bat' To Contend
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly isn't afraid to say the team needs to add a hitter in order to contend next season. "Offense, no question," Mattingly said on 710 ESPN when asked what his team needs to improve in 2012. "We need a bat. We need a bat that's solid. It's a kind of a day-in, day-out bat. We need that one-two punch. To me that's the biggest need." Not that Mattingly is holding out a tremendous amount of hope of the Dodgers actually acquiring a front-line hitter, considering the team and owner Frank McCourt are in bankruptcy court. "Not really," Mattingly said when asked how confident he was in the team adding a big-time slugger. "I can't say I'm confident that we're going to be able to do it. We've talked about different things. ... You hear Prince (Fielder), you hear Albert (Pujols). Those are nice thoughts, there's a lot of teams talking about those type of guys ... but you gotta have a Plan B, a Plan C. How do we put offense together if we can't do something like that? That's the biggest thing. "And obviously, I don't know where we're going to be as far as what we're going to be able to do. Are we going to go backward with the budget, are we going to go forward? ... It's hard to know right now."
McCourts Reach Settlement, Frank Gets Dodgers
Frank and Jamie McCourt have reached a settlement in a costly and nasty feud over control of the Dodgers. The settlement paves the way for a showdown in bankruptcy court between the embattled team owner and Major League Baseball. The deal was struck between the former couple, but the terms will not be released. As part of the agreement, Jamie McCourt will withdraw her opposition to the proposed sale of the Dodgers' media rights, a move her ex-husband says would alleviate his financial woes. Instead, she will file a motion supporting the process, according to the statement. The divorce agreement removes Jamie McCourt, who had asked the divorce court to order the Dodgers sold, as an obstacle in Frank McCourt's bid to keep ownership by selling team television rights.
Kemp Named Player Of Year By Baseball America
On Friday, Baseball America named Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp their 2011 Player of the Year. As measured by Baseball-Reference's adjusted OPS metric -- Kemp had the most productive offensive season by any center fielder in the last 30 years. Like Ken Griffey Jr. in 1997, Kemp led his league in homers, RBIs and runs scored. Kemp flirted with winning the Triple Crown, and he flirted with becoming the fifth player in baseball history to join the 40-40 club, falling one home run short. He also produced in a big way. He batted .324/.399/.586 and led the National League with 39 home runs, 126 RBIs, 115 runs scored and 353 total bases. He made his first all-star team. He stole 40 bases in 51 attempts.
Brian Stow Released From Hospital
The Giants fan that was severely beaten outside Dodgers Stadium has been transferred to a rehabilitation facility after nearly seven months in hospitals.
GM Colletti Won't Rush Kemp Extension
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti will not put a time limit of Opening Day on negotiations with Matt Kemp.
Dodgers Decline Options On Blake, Garland
Los Angeles also outrighted Eugenio Velez to Triple-A.
Dodgers Trying To Build Case Against MLB
The Dodgers have asked a bankruptcy judge for permission to gather evidence on how Major League Baseball has dealt with other teams.