MLB To Dodgers: Show Us Your Papers

May 6, 2011 – 1:15 am by Ryan Phillips

It has been two weeks since Major League Baseball officially took over the Los Angeles Dodgers, and apparently the franchise has been less than cooperative. The league office has requested more complete access to records of the Dodgers’ finances according to a person familiar with baseball’s investigation into the team.

Former Texas Rangers president Tom Schieffer is now in charge of monitoring the Dodgers’ finances and he met with Commissioner Bud Selig and MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred on Thursday in Milwaukee. The three decided to further the league’s probe into the team’s finances dating back to Frank McCourt’s purchase of the Dodgers in 2004.

The Dodgers claim they have made the requested documents available to MLB officials in a “virtual date room” at Dodger Stadium. But those officials feel the information they have received as insufficient, and want more access. The Dodgers have not commented on baseball’s concerns.

Baseball officials do not believe the Dodgers have enough money to make their $8.25 million payroll payment due on May 31. If the team doesn’t have the money, MLB would reportedly step in and make the payment.

Frankly it seems like McCourt and co. are incredibly aloof on this whole situation and don’t seem to be taking the team’s financial problems as seriously as everyone else is. The Los Angeles Dodgers, one of the biggest, most recognizable, storied, cornerstone franchises in all of sports, can’t make their payroll. Not only is that embarrassing, it’s just plain wrong.

I am a life-long San Diego Padres fan and I can’t stand the Dodgers, but the situation going on in Los Angeles is just plain sad. At some point Selig has to force McCourt to sell the team.

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