Ex-Los Angeles Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt asked a judge to order the sale of the team Thursday, saying her ex-husband has badly mismanaged the franchise since he fired her nearly two years ago and brought one of baseball’s most storied franchises to the “brink of financial ruin.”
The request comes less than a month after Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig appointed former Texas Rangers President Tom Schieffer to oversee the Dodgers after questions arose about the team’s finances.
A resolution in the Dodgers drama that began in late 2009, when Jamie McCourt filed for divorce, may be closer because of several factors:
• The resumption of settlement talks between the sides.
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• Findings from the ongoing investigation by MLB.
• The inability of Frank McCourt to make the May 31 major league player payroll, according to baseball officials.
• And a June 22 hearing in front of Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon where he will hear arguments about why he should order the sale of the Dodgers.
Gordon presided over the couple’s divorce trial that centered on the validity of a postnuptial marital agreement which gave Frank McCourt sole ownership of the Dodgers. Gordon deemed the 10-page document invalid and cleared the way for Jamie McCourt to seek half the team under California’s community property law.
Neither McCourt attended a brief court hearing Thursday, but both sides stipulated to have Gordon oversee a possible settlement.
The Texas Rangers extended the rehabilitation assignment of outfielder Nelson Cruz, delaying his anticipated activation from the disabled list today. Instead, he will go to Triple-A Round Rock to continue rehabbing a strained right quadriceps muscle. Reigning American Leauge MVP Josh Hamilton, who began his rehab at Frisco, is also scheduled to go to Round Rock for three games as he recovers from a broken right arm. … Yankees veteran Jorge Posada was scheduled to play in the field for the first time this year against Baltimore. New York’s longtime catcher has spent the season as designated hitter but manager Joe Girardi decided to swap his role with first baseman Mark Texiera for a game. … Yankees outfielder Chris Dickerson declared himself “extremely fortunate” to have only a headache and a concussion after being struck in the head by a baseball. … Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner was sidelined again because his right side was still sore. … Athletics right-hander Tyson Ross left the game against Minnesota with a strained left oblique muscle after throwing seven pitches. … The Royals made four roster moves, activating right-hander Robinson Tejeda from the disabled list, promoting right-hander reliever Greg Holland from Triple-A Omaha and sending outfielder Jarrod Dyson and right-hander Jeremy Jeffress to Omaha. … Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton was scratched minutes before his start against Colorado because of soreness in his right elbow.