But now, the Dodgers are the dregs of Major League Baseball. The August issue of Vanity Fair has a great article on the Dodgers' current owners (Frank and Jamie McCourt) and how they have essentially used the Dodger franchise as their own personal ATM machine ("A Major League Divorce"), causing the Dodgers to have a tremendous amount of debt and a hard time making payroll. Major League Baseball has taken over its finances and is trying to force the McCourts to sell the team. The McCourts could possibly be the worst owners ever:
There are good baseball owners and bad baseball owners, but Frank McCourt really stands by himself in terms of destroying a marquee franchise through extravagance, inappropriate expenditures, and financial commitments (Andrew Zimbalist, Sports Economist, quoted in the Vanity Fair article).While the Dodger's travails are good for the Giants win-loss percentage (its nice to have a team that you can count on beating most of the time), they aren't good for baseball. Plus, it would be nice for the Giant-Dodger rivalry to mean something. So, although this is hard for me (as a Giants fan) to say, here it is: "Is there any chance of bringing back the O'Malley's?"