MLB Takes Over Dodgers – Mets Next?
MLB commissioner Bud Selig has announced that he is appointing someone to take over operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
From The New York Times:
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said Wednesday that he would appoint someone to oversee all operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers because of his “deep concerns” about the state of the marquee franchise.
But two people with knowledge of the situation said that he was also strongly considering forcing the sale of the team by invoking his “bests interests of baseball” powers to wrest the team from Frank McCourt, the owner since 2004, who he believes has mismanaged the franchise while enriching himself.
Selig said in a statement that he informed McCourt of his decision, which he said was made to “protect the best interests of the club, its great fans and all of Major League Baseball.”
Though the route to disaster was different — the Dodgers are in a financial mess because of the McCourt divorce and the $100M+ that the husband and wife took from the team as “personal distributions” — the end result is similar to the current situation with the Mets. So will Bud Selig take a similar approach if things don’t improve in Flushing, to “protect the best interests of the club, its great fans, and all of MLB”?
Some might argue that an MLB takeover happened last fall, upon the “appointment” of MLB executive Sandy Alderson as Mets GM. But, since Fred Wilpon is in Bud’s “inner circle”, he was allowed a longer leash than the McCourts and saved from the public embarrassment of having MLB “officially” take over the Mets.
What do you think? Will MLB eventually take over the Mets if the financial situation doesn’t improve in the near future? Is MLB already running the Mets, or is that a “conspiracy theory”? Share your thoughts in the comments.