Patt Morrison for October 26, 2011

How about ‘dem Dodgers?

Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers

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Catcher Dioner Navarro #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers waits on the dugout steps before the game with the Houston Astros on August 14, 2011, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif.

A hard fought divorce settlement between the McCourts, 60 percent cuts to season ticket prices, playing to a half-empty stadium and lackluster performance on the field – all add to the veritable stew of money and power interests fighting over baseball as we know it in Los Angeles.

The hearing to decide whether Frank McCourt or Major League Baseball will determine the Dodgers’ future, which had been scheduled for Monday, has been postponed to Nov. 29.

MLB says Dodgers owner Frank McCourt “looted” $189.16 million from the team and wants to have him ousted, citing mismanagement; creditors are joined by Fox Sports in wanting to stop McCourt from auctioning off the team’s television rights; and beating victim Bryan Stow’s representatives will plead their case to the court as well, saying his medical bills could be as high as $50 million.

While the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals scramble over the World Series title, hometown fans who watch this battle play out in sports news and ask: what will it take to get the Dodgers off the disabled list?

Guest:

Bill Shaikin, national baseball writer for the Los Angeles Times


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