May 2011 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Dodgers Met Payroll Thanks To Cash Advances
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt was able to meet the team's payroll Tuesday with cash advances drawn on the team's corporate sponsorship deals, according to three sources. Since McCourt has been unable to secure traditional loans to fund the cash-strapped Dodgers, front office executives in charge of revenue were charged with finding more creative ways to help float the troubled franchise for two more weeks.
Fire Relocates Fans At Dodger Stadium
A small fire in a storage area at Dodger Stadium forced the relocation of fans in a section of upper deck seats on Saturday night. It did not stop play between the Dodgers and Marlins. The team said the fire was in a confined storage area and the Los Angeles Fire Department quickly contained it. Plumes of smoke covered the area of the upper deck on the first base side.
June 15 Payroll May Be Issue For Dodgers
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt made the team's May 31 payroll, but the June 15 installment may be an issue for the club, according to two sources. If McCourt were to fail to meet a payroll, the league would cover the expenses and would have the option to seize the Dodgers from him. McCourt is trying to stay afloat until a June 22 divorce court hearing.
Dodgers Will Make Payroll
Despite concerns that they wouldn't, the Dodgers will make their payroll for the end of the month. Major League Baseball was expected to swoop in and take over the team if owner Frank McCourt wasn't able to make their May 31 payroll. McCourt is telling league officials he expects to be able to meet Tuesday's payroll, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Frank, Jamie McCourt Talking Settlement
Settlement talks resumed Thursday in the divorce case of Jamie and Frank McCourt involving ownership of the Dodgers after a judge ruled their postnuptial marital agreement was invalid. Both McCourts were in court to meet with Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon, who has presided over their divorce proceedings. Attorneys on both sides met with Gordon separately and declined comment as they left the courthouse. They were scheduled to return for talks June 8.
Family Of Beaten Giants Fan Suing Dodgers
The family of Giants fan Bryan Stow, who was brutally beaten in the parking lot at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, filed a civil suit against the Dodgers in Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday morning, according to an ESPN.com report. The suit seeks unspecified damages to cover Stow's future medical care and as compensation for the economic damages to Stow and his two children. It alleges that Stow was "inappropriately exposed to the aggressive acts of third parties" because the Dodgers "failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the attack on Stow."
Tip Led To Arrest In Giants Fan Beating
A police tip led to the arrest of a man who is the main suspect in the beating of a Giants fan on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium. Stow, 42, is being treated there for a traumatic brain injury suffered in the March attack. Los Angeles police raided an East Hollywood apartment building Sunday and arrested Giovanni Ramirez, 31, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Police are still seeking a second attacker and a woman suspected of driving the pair from the scene.
Ethier, Barajas Leave Game Early
The Dodgers saw outfielder Andre Ethier and catcher Rod Barajas leave Sunday afternoon's game against the White Sox with injuries. Ethier left the game with a right elbow injury, while Barajas departed with a right wrist injury. Both underwent X-rays, which were negative, and the pair are listed as day-to-day.
Suspect Held In Fan Beating
Police have detained a suspect in the attack on a Giants fan after Opening Day at Dodger Stadium. The brutal beating prompted an outpouring of support for the victim and outrage in the sports world and beyond. The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was among several people detained for questioning after police served search warrants, Los Angeles Police Det. Jose Carillo said. He was one of two suspects that have been sought in the case.
Blake, Furcal Close To Returning To Dodgers
The Dodgers are close to getting infielders Casey Blake and Rafael Furcal back in the lineup. Furcal, who suffered a badly bruised left knee while sliding into second base on his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque, was examined and deemed to be fine. He has been on the disabled list since April 12. The soreness Blake felt in his left elbow, where he had a staph infection cleaned out surgically, was nothing more than the normal discomfort that occasionally comes with the stitches that were put into the elbow following the procedure. Blake is tentatively slated to begin his rehab at Albuquerque as early as Sunday or Monday, which could put him on track for a return to the Dodgers when they begin a six-game homestand on May 27.
MLB Looking Into Ethier's Gesture
Andre Ethier made an obscene gesture on the field before a game against the Brewers on Monday.
Giants' Bumgarner Gets First 2011 Win
Madison Bumgarner earned his first win of the season Thursday night leading the Giants past the Dodgers 3-1.
Ethier Snapped Making Obscene Gesture
Andre Ethier was snapped flipping his middle fingers at a photographer that he found distracting.
DeRosa Leaves Game With Strained Wrist
Giants third baseman Mark DeRosa left Wednesday night's game against the Dodgers after straining his left wrist in the fourth inning.
Jamie McCourt Wants Dodgers Sale?
Jamie McCourt is likely to request that a LA Superior Court judge put the Dodgers up for sale immediately.
Stow Opens Eyes, Remains In Critical Condition
Brian Stow is making improvements, but there are still no solid predictions for his chances for recovery.
Police Focusing On Woman In Fan Beating
The police have received over 500 tips from the public, but no arrests have been made nearly seven weeks after the brutal attack.
Blake May Begin Rehab This Week
Casey Blake has been on the disabled list for two weeks with a staph infection that ultimately required surgery to clean out.
McCourt: Dodgers Roster Would Look Same Even Without Financial Issues
The Dodgers have the 12th highest payroll in baseball this season.
Kuo's Agent Says Pitcher Will Play Again
Hong-Chih Kuo's agent says there is no plan for the reliever, who is dealing with an anxiety disorder, to retire.
Report: Stow's Attackers Featured On Billboards
About 200 billboards have popped up featuring police sketches of the two men who attacked a Giants fan outside of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day.
Selig, McCourt Meet; No Timetable On TV Deal
Bug Selig isn't ready to approve a $3 billion television deal that would allow the Dodgers to make payroll at the end of the month.
Kuo Goes On DL With Anxiety Disorder
Hong-Chih Kuo had a franchise-record 1.20 ERA last season.
Selig: LA Needs Watching, Mets OK
Commissioner Bud Selig said MLB is tracking the Dodgers financial situation closely.
Furcal Believes He's Close To Return
Rafael Furcal believes he could return to the Dodgers after just a few minor league games.
Mets Snap Ethier's Hit Streak
The Mets stopped Andre Ethier's hitting strak at 30 games Saturday night in a 4-2 win over the Dodgers.
Ethier Extends Hit Streak To 30 Games
Andre Either extended his hitting streak to 30 games on Friday night but the Dodgers lost for the fifth time in six games.
Report: MLB Wants More Access To Dodgers' Finances
MLB wants more complete access on the Dodgers' finances.
Ethier Scratched From Dodgers' Starting Lineup
Andre Ethier was scratched from the Dodgers' lineup for Wednesday's game with the Cubs because of left elbow inflammation.