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Dodgers' future still murky

12/7/2010

Given the facts as we've known them, the judge's ruling for Jamie McCourt shouldn't be any real surprise. What does this mean for the Dodgers? Let's turn to Dodger Thoughts:

    How will this affect the Dodgers on the field? That's unpredictable. Chaos doesn't prohibit spending; spending doesn't guarantee victory. And so Dodger fans have a choice. Press on in their fandom, like a wagon train crossing the country, heedless of whether the next ridge might be the one with the storm hiding behind it. Or set up camp, cowering in fear. Or abandon the trip altogether. Who's up for college baseball?

    I'm a wagon train guy, mainly because of my belief that if it's not one thing, it's another. There's always something. But I have to tell you, this is not my kind of trip. I don't think it's wrong or immature to sit back and call to the heavens, "Great Dodger in the Sky, we want our team's stability back."

    But that plea will fall on deaf ears. The courtroom battles and jockeying for ownership will continue, becoming part of the Dodger way of life — not an everyday part, but something that comes around during holidays and other inopportune moments, like a bad visit from the divorced in-laws.

I just wanted to share that with you, as Jon Weisman does such a wonderful job writing about the Dodgers.

Oh, and I want to say this, too ... In today's Major League Baseball, nobody purchases a franchise without the express consent of Commissioner Alan H. "Bud" Selig. Essentially, MLB sets the price for a franchise, three or four ownership groups step forward with their financing plans, and the Commissioner's Office picks one (yes, I'm simplifying the process, but not by much).

So when you're weighing the accomplishments of Commissioner Selig, your job isn't complete until you've measured the impacts of the various men who have been allowed into the club.