Wednesday, December 30, 2009

It hasn't been all bad.

We tend to focus on the doom and gloom around here, and for generally good reasons. But as Tony Jackson, who I'm happy to see at ESPN Los Angeles, points out, it's been a damn good run on the field:
When Frank McCourt took ownership of the once-proud franchise in 2004, a point at which the Dodgers had gone seven seasons without reaching the playoffs and 16 years without winning so much as a postseason game, one of his stated goals was to restore the Dodgers' "brand." For the most part, that seems to have been accomplished. The Dodgers have reached the playoffs four times in the past six seasons, and they have advanced to the National League Championship Series in each of the past two.
Tony has a point. So my question to you: 

If it ended tomorrow, was the McCourt regime successful?

Define success however you'd like.


  1. It all depends on context. If based purely on these past four years, then yes it's been a rowsing success. If in 4 years our payroll is 80mil, our young core is playing in the AL East, and our farm system hasn't generated anyone good enough to take over... well... then it'd be a terrible tragedy.

  2. Has the McCourts' tenure of the Dodgers been success? No, in my opinion. They probably have over $430 million in debt to buy and run the club. There has been constant turn over, from the front office, two GMs, and three managers. Much of the talent on the field has much to do with Dan Evans's drafting and player developments. There are big signs that the McCourts couldn't run the club with their debt load, even if they weren't going to get a divorced.

    The Dodgers under the McCourts made some good moves, but like any ballclub and they made some bad moves that come back to haunt them like Andruw Jones's contract.

    I guess I see the McCourts' tenure as the Dodgers' owners, much like Jerry Colangelo's tenure as the Diamondbacks owner. He helped win a World Series for the Diamondbacks, but he also drove the Diamondbacks into the ground financially. I think the McCourts had good intent, but they were incompetent to handle the precarious financial situation they put themselves into, when they bought the Dodgers solely with debt, and little leverage if the economy turned sour. I don't see Jamie getting divorce because of falling in love with someone else, she wants her money..

    I really don't see much success if they can't get commercial paper or very little commercial paper to pay the bills and pay the workers, and they have been acting like a company with serious cash flow problems. (As companies do who can't get loans without collateral, or are already maxed out and have no more collateral)

    The McCourt's tenure has been a failure, because they never succeeded in wiping out their debt load, and running a sport team and a business with larger overhead and low net profit margins to begin with.