After having the sale delayed by a day, the Los Angeles Dodgers are finally, and thankfully, free from the clutches of Frank McCourt.
Source: #Dodgers sale has closed. McCourt era has ended.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) May 1, 2012
With that done, now the Dodgers are going to win every World Series for the next decade, right? Well, not quite.
As bad as Frank McCourt was, the product that has been run out on the field in recent years is not all his doing, as not only Ned Colletti, but everybody in the front office has their hands on that. Despite the fast start to 2012, Stan Kasten and company have a long road ahead to rebuild the farm system, the team’s international presence, and reputation as a perennial contender.
Then there’s the owners, Guggenheim Partners, who have been quiet for a while now, sans Magic Johnson occasionally sending out basic public relations tweets. Well, now that they’re officially owners of the team, there will rightfully be questions about how they will go about their business. They now need to be able to provide the answers to those questions, because we’ve been waiting for a long time.
The situation that they’ve stumbled into is an ideal one for ownership.
Just don’t screw it up.