Does Not Want

I’m a day or two late on this, but you probably saw me yell “KILL IT WITH FIRE” on Twitter the other night. How would you feel about the prospect of

Hedge fund manager Steve Cohen’s is reportedly the frontrunner among the four prospective ownership groups vying to purchase the Dodgers, and he’s already started assembling a staff. Cohen met with Tony La Russa over the weekend, reported to offer him some kind of management role—head of baseball operations, say. Cohen’s front office would already include longtime agent Arn Tellem.

(Yes, I know he wouldn’t likely be the field manager.)

On the other hand…

But, wait. No. Sooooo much no.

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Real Tom
Real Tom

I can't stand all the "La Russa aint so bad" stuff. If he were the on-field manager, I actually wouldn't mind. The Red Sox have confirmed that they think it isn't all that important to have an on-field guy that shares the organizational philosophy. I wouldn't be angry if he was in the dugout. But in the front office? With his old-school approach? He'll keep Colletti in that position for years. No way, man. Keep TLR away from this team.

Rob
Rob

Just read on espn that Cohen has been fully vetted by the owners and is approved by the owners group....... (I'm crying as I write this......)

Shane
Shane

Clearing your browser cache should reset that. The LA Times is reading a cookie from your machine to determine how many views.

Kirk Davenport
Kirk Davenport

Despite the assumption of a 4/30/12 deadline for the sale to be completed, I truly cannot believe that will end it. Frank's legal history points towards a hold on the sale and there will be no one who can enforce the deadline if it gets into the courts. Frank is not about to go quietly into the night - I am expecting some depression about this in May Cohen owning the team is depressing me also. Frank came in as a lamb (or maybe a wolf in sheep's clothing), but transformed himself into a vile corporate raider the likes we have not seen since Gordon Gecko. Cohen will coming in not like a lamb, but with the disguise and gloves off. Lastly, the L.A. Times is now charging $3.99 per week to read Dilbeck on-line. Very depressing, since I am not about to pay that. I sure am glad MSTI remains free of charge - one of the few things not to be depressed about. The performance of the team would help too. Spring Training success is nice, but lets hope they can show some semblance of it when it counts

Bip
Bip

I don't know exactly what sort of effect TLR would have as team president, because I don't even know what the team president does. What bothers me more about this is it seems to suggest that Cohen would fill the front office with old guys and their "traditional baseball wisdom" as opposed to statistically-minded, outside-the-box thinkers who are elevating the game now.

7gunsalive
7gunsalive

TLR likes to drink and drive. A lot.

Joe
Joe

People are really underestimating Kroenke. The difference between his bid and Cohen's was $100 million, which is nothing in a deal like this. With no offense intended to the Magic/Kasten group, it's foolish to try to be in the lead 3 weeks before the deadline.

Ken
Ken

Up front cash matters to Bud, the MLB CBA Debt to EBITDA compliance formula and the MLB players in the long run. The new TV contract, or hopefully a TV Cable Channel owned by the Dodgers, will not happen for 2 years. Baseball got screwed when Bud trusted Frank and Frank's financial projection, why should Bud and MLB trust the next owner? Certainly you want the next owner to have less debt than Frank don't you?

Paul
Paul

I think we're all overlooking something very important here. That is one fantastic piece of photoshopping.

hyrax99
hyrax99

Do we have any update on the parking lot situation. Is McCourt still holding on to that? The new owners will need that revenue to bring guys who are currently talented (not formerly) to the club. And am I alone in being torn between Magic's group and Kroenke's? I love Magic and know he wants to win...but I really like the idea of going to Rams games at Chavez Ravine.

Jon#7#22
Jon#7#22

Only good thing about LaRussa is he is into winning so maybe as an exec he'd do a good job without interfering too much with the day to day running of the team.

Alex
Alex

Everyone can just go ahead and prepare for it. Cohen is going to be the new owner of the Dodgers. Sadly its Frank's call and if you really think Frank isn't going to choose the guy with most to offer, especially in upfront cash, then you haven't followed the McCourt saga these past years. Where are you Patrick Soon-Shiong?????? Magic needs your checkbook yesterday......

Lex S
Lex S

Cohen would be the biggest scumbag in all of MLB ownership (says A LOT). Please don't let this prick buy the team. Please.

Ken Griffey's Grotesquely Swollen Jaw
Ken Griffey's Grotesquely Swollen Jaw

I had mixed feelings about this at first, but LaRussa's a smart guy who understands statistical analysis. He'd probably a hire a Moneyball-type GM, and maybe he could lure Dave Duncan. A man can dream....

Stephen Gilbert
Stephen Gilbert

David Eckstein; what's the problem? Them that can, do; them that can't, teach.

Shane
Shane

I don't see a problem here. His mismanages pitchers (IMO) but I don't think managing talent is problem or understanding baseball.

SamAdams
SamAdams

Never have been a big Tony LaRussa fan, but a guy who is good to animals and likes red wine can't be all bad. More importantly, he has been highly successful every where he has gone, so I wouldn't mind a little of that rubbing off on the Dodgers. You would also hope that he would have the good sense to send Ned packing for the Bay Area.

Kirk
Kirk

Thanks Shane - clearing the cookies seems to work. We will see how long it takes the Times to catch on.

jWerthfan
jWerthfan

Good grief! Pay it. Dilbeck's a good read, and these guys need to get paid same as anyone else. But you don't, do you Mike?

Jeff M.
Jeff M.

". . . the L.A. Times is now charging $3.99 per week. . . " Seriously? I can still see his columns for free. I hope that's not temporary.

Jon#7#22
Jon#7#22

Yes want less debt than Frank, but remember Frank McCourt is choosing the winning bidder, not MLB. It looks like MLB will approve the 4 to go to McCourt for him to choose. Up front cash isn't gonna matter at that point.

Jon#7#22
Jon#7#22

Why would up-front cash matter to McCourt? He's getting all the bid anyway it doesn't matter how much is cash. He's probably going for the highest bidder which may well end up being Cohen, but it will have nothing to do with the cash ratio unless I'm missing something.

Darth Small
Darth Small

Hmm this sounds suspiciously familiar to someone we may have already had as a manager...but who? Think pooh think. ::taps forehead::

Mike
Mike

Yeah, but you just wait until David Eckstein is the hitting coach.

Mike
Mike

Don't pay the LAT fee? Nah.

Kirk Davenport
Kirk Davenport

New L.A. Times on-line policy - you can look at 3 articles a month for free - after that you must become a member at $.99 the first month and $3.99 per week after that. If you have a home delivery of the paper, you will get those charges waived. I was paying $32 a month for home delivery till a few months ago and dropped it since I was only reading a few things that I was getting earlier on line anyway. The Times has lost so many subscribers since people were reading the on-line offerings and are in deep financial crisis over lost subscriber revenue

Ken
Ken

The Debt Service Rule will be maintained, but the default EBITDA multiplier has been lowered from ten to eight, and from fifteen to twelve for Clubs incurring stadium-related debt in the first ten years of a new or renovated stadium. b. Debt of a Club’s owner or related party will be covered by the Debt Service Rule if the debt is serviced, in whole or in part, using Club funds or assets. c. Debt Service Rule certification process for new ownership has been modified.

Ken Griffey's Grotesquely Swollen Jaw
Ken Griffey's Grotesquely Swollen Jaw

Magic's bid was reportedly more than Cohen's, but Cohen's was backed by more equity. Magic just brought in a new investor as well, so I wouldn't count him out. God, you couldn't script this any better. Evil east coast owner choosing between evil east coast hedge fund fraudster and hometown hero.

Mike
Mike

Jon Heyman said today that while McCourt is obviously making his choice mostly based on $, part of it could be who won't bash him the most on the way out. I think I laughed so hard I blacked out.

Bhsportsguy
Bhsportsguy

I reserve all rights to Eckstein jabs. :)

Kirk Davenport
Kirk Davenport

I was getting a window that blocks my viewing the L.A. Times and it said 3 free articles a month. When I checked their membership page, it says you can look at 15 free articles a month before you get blocked. So pick and choose your selections and you will not have to pay

Jeff M.
Jeff M.

Yeah, "evil hedge fund manager" seems sorta redundant.

Taylor Maricle
Taylor Maricle

Being an evil hedge fund manager just means he was good at his job.

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