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Steinbrenner says the Yankees aren’t for sale. A few billion would be tough to turn down though, so do you believe him?

Kevin
Ferndale, MD
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I still remember the first time I missed out on my first billion.  In fact, it was just a couple days ago when no one took me up on my brilliant idea to go mine asteroids.  Seriously people, where are your priorities?

Selling the Yankees, though?  A team with a new park, an amazing history and a corporate and real fan-base unmatched anywhere else in baseball?  If the Dodgers are worth $2.175 billion, a team with broke-down finances and a fickle group of fans, you can only imagine that the Yankees would fetch a price well north of that.

But, the Yankees are not for sale, at least not according to Hal Steinbrenner.  And honestly, I don’t blame him.  For a guy like Frank McCourt, the Dodgers were simply a means to an end.  For a family like the Steinbrenners, the Yankees are a way of life.  The Yankees without a Steinbrenner would be a like a snickers without the peanuts.  Sure, it’s still tasty but it’s no longer a Snickers.  It’s a Milky Way.

So yeah, I believe Hal.  Even if I can’t help but picturing him responding to the question of selling the Yankees with a soothing, “I’m sorry, Dave.  I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

“Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.”

The other part of the equation is that although the Yankees may be worth $2.5 billion today, just imagine how much they’ll be worth in another few years.  The Yankees are more than a baseball team, they’re a global brand easily recognizable on the hats of millions of people around the world.  There is practically no large city in the world where you can walk around without seeing someone wearing a Yankees’ cap.  Hell, holding on to the Yankees isn’t even speculation.  It’s just plain and simple good sense.

Meanwhile, the rest of us are going to have to be content with our possible billion dollar schemes.  For me, that means dreaming of space asteroids and slowly going mad.  “Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it.”

-A

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Turning to a Life of Crime

via Deadspin

You probably won’t be too surprised to find out that this guy is a serial killer.  It’s not so much the grizzled facial hair or the weirdly screwed shut eye as it is the other eye that says, “I really wouldn’t mind eating your liver.”

via The Smoking Gun

With this guy, too, it doesn’t come as surprise that he’s doing some time.  After all, how are you supposed to find a legitimate job with a mug like that?  If he hadn’t turned to a life of crime, I don’t think there would have been all that many other options.

It’s a little more surprising when a guy with a beautiful wife, money coming out his ears and a baseball team does the same:

AP PHOTO/NICK UT via Grantland.com

But make no mistake, this man is just as much of a criminal as Crazy McEyeballs up there at the top.  The only difference is that the guy with the nice head of hair didn’t spend a day in prison and walked away with several million in cash for his crimes.

-A

How to Fix the Dodgers

All-around baseball good guy Joe Torre is stepping down from his MLB front office position to pursue his interest in purchasing the Los Angeles Dodgers.  While this is bad news (I think) for those of us who hoped he might take over for King Bud once the reign of terror is over at the end of the year, I have to think that a group headed by Torre is probably a great way to save this storied franchise.

Of course, there are alternatives.  And yep, you guessed it.  The RSBS interns are ready to report:

1.  Go back in time, don’t trade Kevin Brown and instead have him break Frank McCourt’s hand so it won’t wander onto a woman who isn’t his wife.

2.  Stop making it mandatory that Alyssa Milano wear clothes to the ballpark.  (Holy Jackie Robinson, I’ve been in love with Alyssa for 20 years now; she just gets better looking!!!)

3.  Trade Al-Farouq Aminu, Eric Gordon and Chris Kaman for superstar Chris Paul.  Oh.  Wait.

4.  Get a mascot!  I know just the one!

Or… if none of the above works…

How about signing Prince Fielder?  Seriously.  Make him some crazy offer like $30 million a year for 6 years or something.  Wouldn’t that make the Dodgers a nice, EXPENSIVE and attractive purchase?  And besides, it’s L.A.  Just use somebody else’s money.

Hate me.  FINE.  Just don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.

Peace,

Jeff

The RSBS Podcast, Episode 26: Willow, R2D2 and Other Famous Midgets

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After Jeff and Allen dragged Johanna’s almost lifeless body out of the Lollapalooza bullpen, the RSBS crew sat down to smack down on all-things baseball.  Joined midway by special guest, Tim Baffoe of The Heckler and AM 670 The Score, everybody gets in on the roller coaster that is Chicago baseball, Tony LaRussa versus the World, Derek Jeter’s legacy and a hypothetical question involving the conflicting theologies of Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton.

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Recorded Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sovereign Default and the Dodgers

As the possibility of an US default on its sovereign debt draws agonizingly close, I’d like to try and put this in terms that baseball fans can understand.  The USA, the greatest country in the history of the world, is about to become to world finance what the Dodgers are to MLB.  Yeah, this is bad.

Basically the US is like a rich guy who can keep borrowing money as long as the bank keeps upping his credit limit.  He has enough money to pay the interest on the debt and as long as that continues, the bank will keep lending.  But when he misses a payment, the bank has to do something about it.

Think Frank McCourt.  Dude had money, that’s for sure.  But he mismanaged his cash flow and when he and Jamie went bust, the bank took notice when he couldn’t quite make the payments anymore.  Pretty soon after that, although maybe not soon enough, MLB took notice, too.  Now McCourt has no Jamie and no Dodgers.

The much publicized divorce between the tea fueled Republicans and the spineless Democrats has led the country to the brink of a similar epic failure.  There are still a few days left but at this point they’re looking more Frank and Jamie than Nestor and Kristina.

So, for anyone out there who still isn’t convinced that a sovereign default is a bad idea, let me ask you this.  Was allowing Frank McCourt to run the Dodgers into the ground a bad idea?  If your answer is yes, than it’s time for you to call your congressional representatives.  If no, well, you’re either a Giants fan or Michele Bachmann.

-A

The Filibuster

Selig and the owners finally had enough of McCourt and took action, but
what about the franchises that are still technically solvent but just
suck?  Why hasn’t the commish done something about the Pirates?

Dan
Ferndale, MI
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friendly pirates.jpgAhhhh yes… once again, the revolving doors of ineptitude bring us back to…

The Pirates.

And
why shouldn’t they?  In all of professional sports, one would have quite a
difficult time finding a more moribund team than the lowly Buccos. 
While all of the big four US American sports thrive by having a healthy,
parity-laden cycle of teams going from the top of the ranks to the
bottom and everywhere in between, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been stuck
at bad.  For 18, long, terrible, horrible, awful, green-pea-spew inducing years.

In a row.

So, indeed, Mr. Dan, you bring up an excellent question: How is it that MLB sees no issue intervening with financially strapped clubs like the current Dodgers or the late Expos de Montréal (pouring out some liquor for my boy, Youppi yo!) but meanwhile sits back and says nothing as the Pirates organization embarrasses itself year after year after year, alienating the five or so fans left in western Pennsylvania in doing so? 

That’s easy, Dan.  One word:

MONEY!!!

The Pirates may have more issues than Lindsay Lohan on $5 Jaegerbomb night, but, when all is done, the Pirates still MAKE MONEY

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Haven’t you noticed?  To the suits picking each other’s noses up in the luxury boxes, it’s not about winning.  It’s not about getting better.  It’s not about keeping score or the waft of freshly roasted peanuts or the soothing effects of finely cut green grass on the old eyeballs. 

It’s about making bank.

And as long as they line their pockets with plenty of paper, MLB ain’t gonna say jack.

Like my loquacious and oft contorted colleague, Mr. Krause recently pointed out, sometimes MLB gets it right.  King Bud could not sit back and let one of the league’s most storied franchises fail because of atrocious financial mismanagement.  And other times, MLB gets it way wrong… like they did in intervening with the Florida Marlins (a very successful organization in regards to winning) and the way they chose to spend profit sharing funds trickling down from the top*.

But one thing is certain: MLB is a business.  MLB is about being a profitable business. As much as romanticized baseball super-nerd-dorks like Mr. Krause and I would like to believe that a certain utopian joy for the game and its purity is at the core of Major League Baseball’s business philosophy, the truth is: it ain’t.

If it were, the Expos would still be alive.  The Dodgers would have never left Brooklyn.  And someone would have intervened in the gargantuan atrocity also known as the Pirates’ front office.

Hate me.  Fine.  Just don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.

Peace,

Jeff
 
*For an excellent read on just how wrong MLB was in their handling of the Marlins, check out this article from the Prince of New York.

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The RSBS Podcast, Episode 22: Ryan Braun’s Rumspringa… and Other Stuff

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Jeff and Johanna kick the season off by trying to name every Jewish baseballer ever known to man before PodMaster Keith let’s The 8:08 (from harried Undercast fame) into the studio… from there on out the wheels come off in one great big ball of awesomeness that includes Dodger takeovers, Hawkisms galore, goofy games that may or may not include a sexual innuendo (or fifty) and much, much more… all to make you excite!

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Recorded Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Filibuster

Now that the Dodgers are controlled by MLB, is the situation there going to be as ugly as their throwbacks?

Jenny
Hammond, IN

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frank_mccourt.jpgBefore I address the Dodgers’ situation, I want to take care of the second part of your question.  I’m not completely sure why you find the new throwbacks (an oxymoron if there ever was one) so horrific.  Maybe it’s the color, maybe it’s because it says Brooklyn even though the Dodgers have had nothing to do with that borough for decades.  I don’t know as though sky blue would be my first choice but if you really want to talk ugly, let’s talk Astros, Pirates or Nuggets.  Those, my friend, are some truly ugly uniforms.

MLB taking over the Dodgers?  That’s not ugly.  That’s just business.  McCourt’s running of the Dodgers is to ownership what those old Pirates’ hats were to MLB headware.  A disgrace, plain and simple.  Let’s take it step by step.

First, when McCourt bought the Dodgers, he leveraged the buyout.  In layman’s terms, it’s kind of like he took a mortgage on the franchise in order to buy the franchise.  That’s not a problem in and of itself but when he bought the Dodgers, they weren’t a brand-new, top-of-the-line model.  They were a fixer-upper.  Instead of making the repairs, though, he took any money he made to pad his own lifestyle.

Second, when McCourt’s life started to fall pieces, he used the franchise as his personal piggy bank.  Need to pay the lawyers?  Add a couple bucks to each beer.  Mrs. McCourt won’t settle for less than financial ruin?  Bleed it out of the season ticket holders. 

Third, despite everything, McCourt still doesn’t see any error in what he’s done.  His statement in response to Selig’s action obviates further discussion: “Major League Baseball sets strict financial guidelines which all 30
teams must follow. The Dodgers are in compliance with these guidelines.”  He simply doesn’t get it.

Here’s the deal.  Like it or not, for MLB to work, the teams in the big markets have to be healthy.  This specifically means New York, Chicago and LA.  On top of that, the Dodgers are one of MLB’s standard bearers.  Jackie Robinson was a Dodger.  Kirk Gibson fist-pumped his way around the bases as a Dodger.  But when the owner of the Dodgers has to take a massive loan just to cover the monthly payroll, something has gone horribly wrong.

I don’t like Selig.  I think he’s done a pretty awful job at managing MLB and some of his decisions will continue to haunt the game for a long time.  However, he made the right call this time.  The courts will most likely take the same view which is heartening to baseball fans and definitely good news for Dodgers fans.  Sure, Selig’s last adventure in takeover didn’t go all that well but that was a different era and Montreal is not LA.

As long as McCourt doesn’t drag this out too long, the situation should be resolved relatively quickly.  MLB wants a healthy Dodgers organization and will work quickly to get the club out of its own hands and into those of an owner who actually cares about the team. In addition, if Selig is smart he’s already looking ahead and realizing he’s going to have bigger fish to fry with the impending implosion of the Mets.  As for Dodgers fans, they can go back to wondering about the throwback jersey.

-A

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