Kudos, Mr. Selig by Dave Cameron June 20, 2011 Today, Bud Selig issued this statement: “Mr. McCourt has been provided with an expansive analysis of my reasons for rejecting this proposed transaction. Critically, the transaction is structured to facilitate the further diversion of Dodgers assets for the personal needs of Mr. McCourt. Given the magnitude of the transaction, such a diversion of assets would have the effect of mortgaging the future of the franchise to the long-term detriment of the club and its fans. As I have said before, we owe it to the legion of loyal Dodger fans to ensure that this club is being operated properly now and will be guided appropriately in the future. This transaction would not accomplish these goals.” If you’ve read this link, you probably understand why I’m applauding Selig’s decision. If you haven’t read that link, go do so now. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of everything contained within, but it doesn’t have to be 100% correct for the general point to remain – the McCourts have been and are still attempting to actively devalue a Major League franchise for their own personal gain. I’m sure McCourt will sue, and we’ll get months of legal haggling over the rights of the commissioner’s office versus the rights of a team owner. I’m also pretty sure, however, that this will all end in Frank McCourt losing control of the Los Angeles Dodgers – a team he should have never owned in the first place – and Major League Baseball will be better off with him and his family out of the sport. The commissioner’s office is notoriously picky about what kinds of people they allow to own Major League Baseball teams. This is why. No owner should be allowed to drag down an entire franchise without recourse, and in this instance, the only way to keep the Dodgers from being further devalued is to eliminate the McCourt family from the decision making process. Pay them off, throw them out, fight them in court – I don’t really care how it happens. I just want to never have to think about Frank or Jamie McCourt ever again. Kudos to Bud Selig for taking one more step towards ridding us of them once and for all.