Taking a complicated issue and writing about it in a manner that doesn’t cater to the lowest common denominator but still makes an explanation accessible to everyone who, up until the point of reading, hadn’t been aware of the intricacies surrounding it, is an accomplishment. Doing so as completely as this blog post has done is worthy of whatever online equivalent exists to the 80′s movie slow clap.

As we’ve discussed in the past at Getting Blanked, the Los Angeles Dodger are in financial trouble because their owner, Frank McCourt, took money out of the organization for personal use, and in order to cover it, he compartmentalized as many aspects of the team as he could and then leveraged those compartments as much as he could. The latest in the long line of these deals came yesterday when word broke that the Dodgers struck an agreement with FOX, where the network would pay $3 billion to televise Dodgers games for the next 17 years. The deal was comprised of a $385 million loan to the Dodgers, with $200 million of this loan going to the organization, $80 million going to pay down unspecified indebtedness, and the remaining amount to cover the cost of Frank McCourt’s divorce settlement with his ex-wife Jamie.

Commissioner Selig should reject the Dodgers-Fox contract, seize control of the Dodgers, and sell the team to a responsible owner who will (with the grateful help of millions of my fellow left coasters) restore the team to its former greatness. Selig must act to prevent Frank McCourt from continuing to plunder the team. Selig must act before the team is saddled with even greater debt, while the team’s reputation can still be salvaged and the team is still marketable to a worthy owner.

That’s not just the plea of a passionate fan, it’s also what’s best for baseball. As It’s About The Money, Stupid further explains in the linked to post, and in this summary:

Only one thing prevents Frank McCourt from looting the Dodgers until nothing is left, and that is the power of the office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Bud Selig will never have a better opportunity than he has today to exercise his power. He must reject the Fox contract, seize control of the Dodgers, sell the team to a responsible owner, and leave the McCourts to their lifestyles. His legacy as Commissioner is at stake. He should do what’s right, and say “enough!”

Well, late yesterday afternoon, “no” is exactly what Bud Selig said.

Major League Baseball announced that it has rejected the proposed TV deal between the Dodgers and Fox. The reasons given by MLB include many of those stated [in the body of the blog post]: the deal is not in the best interests of baseball, it diverts too much money away from the Dodgers and to the McCourts and their proposed divorce settlement, it mortgages the future of the franchise, and so forth.

As you might imagine, Frank McCourt isn’t taking Bud Selig’s intervention lying down.There will almost certainly be some sort of litigation in the near future between McCourt and Major League Baseball, as MLB looks for a way to take over from the Dodgers owner once he becomes unable to make payroll at the end of June, and sell the franchise to a more benevolent ownership group.

However, there’s still a lot of drama to be played out, and I recommend following it through DodgerDivorce.com and Los Angeles Times writer Bill Shaikin.

And The Rest

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones claims that he never wanted to see Yunel Escobar leave Atlanta, but in the same breath believes that the deal worked out for the betterment of both clubs.

Someone might want to tell Ricky Romero that a) Yunel Escobar is playing just fine and b) expecting anything more from Corey Patterson is like tapping a boulder and expecting beer to flow.

Rock ‘n roll and baseball: like peas and carrots.

This is the funniest baseball video of all time, ever, today, but be careful with some NSFW language.

Shaun Marcum’s next start is in doubt. I know it’s only a minor injury, but although the Blue Jays would never admit it, trading their ace this offseason had to have something to do with his health history and the team’s thoughts on it moving forward.

Chad Cordero has officially retired from baseball.

When do you hold a runner and when do you send him? There’s nothing quite like third base coaching theory.

Adrian Gonzalez is willing to play in the outfield if it allows David Ortiz a spot in the lineup during interleague play.

Chicago White Sox GM Kenny Williams can’t see a fit for Dayan Viciedo on the team’s active roster. Perhaps he hasn’t seen that Juan Pierre is still playing in left field?

Beyond The Box Score takes a look at what pitchers are improving as the season goes along.

Good sign: Rich Harden threw three innings in a rehab start and his arm didn’t fall off. Better sign: He didn’t allow a hit and struck out six batters.

New Athletics manager Bob Melvin is fitting in just fine in Oakland.

Finally, easy there Alex, these questions are really getting difficult: