June 21, 2011
Trying to catch Connie Mack Jack McKeon has a new job at age 80 - interim manager of the Florida Marlins. McKeon, who retired as the Marlins manager six years ago, becomes the second-oldest manager in major-league history. Connie Mack managed the Philadelphia Athletics in a suit, tie and straw hat until 1950, when he was 87. McKeon, who guided the Marlins to the 2003 World Series championship, succeeds manager Edwin Rodriguez , who resigned before Sunday's loss at Tampa Bay. McKeon took over a floundering Marlins team in May 2003 and led them to an improbable championship that fall.
October 9, 2003 |
One day after the fourth surgery on his right elbow, John Smoltz said he would retire before facing another such procedure. "This will be the final one for me, I can guarantee you that," the Atlanta Braves' righthander said yesterday after returning to his home in Duluth, Ga. Smoltz spent Tuesday night in Birmingham, Ala., where Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery. "If I have to have another surgery, it's time to do something else," Smoltz said. Smoltz said he believes a return to a starting role would be easier on his elbow and would boost the Braves' championship hopes.
October 28, 2009 |
Brad Mills is finally getting his chance to run a big-league team. Mills, 52, was hired by Houston yesterday after six seasons as Terry Francona's bench coach in Boston. He'll manage in the majors for the first time, though he has managed a total of 11 seasons in the minors, with affiliates for the Chicago Cubs (1987-92), Colorado Rockies (1993-96) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2002). "One thing that I'm going to bring in is a freshness, being with a champion and bringing that freshness in," Mills said.
October 29, 2009 |
Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt yesterday filed papers opposing his wife's demand to be reinstated as the team's chief executive, citing insubordination and an affair she allegedly had with her bodyguard. The documents were submitted 1 day after Jamie McCourt filed divorce papers seeking to regain her $2 million-a-year job. In a filing submitted by the Dodgers that opposes her return to the team, Dodgers attorneys allege that Jamie McCourt took a trip with her bodyguard, Jeff Fuller, in early July to Israel on team business, but then headed to France for 2 1/2 weeks and billed the Dodgers for the trip.
October 18, 2011
A settlement has been reached between Frank and Jamie McCourt in a costly and nasty feud over control of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press on Monday. The Los Angeles Times, which first reported the deal, said Jamie McCourt would receive about $130 million. The divorce case has been placed on hold until a bankruptcy court in Delaware determines the fate of the team. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday and a judge will consider dueling motions over four days starting Oct. 31. The divorce agreement removes Jamie McCourt, who had asked the divorce court to order the Dodgers sold, as an obstacle in Frank McCourt's bid to keep ownership by selling team television rights.
March 29, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES Dodgers fans and players are thrilled Magic Johnson is part of the group that bought the team, but many are wondering how Frank McCourt could remain connected to the franchise he was forced to sell. The Johnson group, largely funded by Guggenheim Capital chief executive officer Mark Walter, agreed to purchase the Dodgers, Dodger Stadium and a 50 percent stake in the parking lots surrounding the ballpark from McCourt for $2.15 billion. Sources with knowledge of the agreement told ESPN.com that the group will purchase half of the Dodger Stadium parking lots, deemed to have a total value of $300 million, with McCourt keeping the other half.
January 30, 2004 |
Frank McCourt talks a good game. Time will tell if his team plays enough of them. The $430 million sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers from News Corp. to McCourt was unanimously approved by baseball owners yesterday, more than 3 1/2 months after the sides reached an agreement. "I intend to restore the glory days of Dodger baseball with a team worthy of support from our fans," McCourt said. The Dodgers haven't won a postseason game since 1988. The price is the second-highest for a baseball team, trailing only the $660 million paid for the Boston Red Sox 2 years ago. McCourt, 50, said his wife, Jamie, will be vice chairman of the team, and Corey Busch, who helped negotiate the purchase, will be part of the front office.
November 3, 1992 |
If you ever doubted the reputation of the Irish as wonderful storytellers, go see Malachy and Frank McCourt in A Couple of Blaguards. They are unabashedly, indisputably Irish, and their stories are a delight. The brothers, who are presenting their evening of personal and family- oriented tales at the auditorium of St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Rosemont on weekends until Jan. 10, refer to themselves as "blaguards" - a variant of blackguards, which the dictionary defines as scoundrels or rascals.