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Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 06/30/2011

Los Angeles Dodgers stiff-arming MLB’s attempt to oversee baseball operations

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt to MLB: “Back off.” (Kevork Djansezian - GETTY IMAGES)
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is bearing down on Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt with all the force of a Scott Cousins-Buster Posey play at home plate. And McCourt and the now officially bankrupt Dodgers keep trying to buy time to hold onto their franchise.

In the interim, the league appointed a monitor to oversee the Dodgers’ day-to-day operations. That didn’t sit too well with Frank McCourt and company, and Thursday the team sent a letter to MLB’s representative, warning him not to interfere.

From Bloomberg reporter Steve Church:

“The letter cited a routine order in all bankruptcy cases known as the automatic stay, which temporarily halts lawsuits while a company tries to reorganize under court protection, according to the person, who has seen the letter and wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about it.”

Whether this warning shot does anything to keep Selig from taking control of the team remains to be seen.

But don’t lose hope, Dodgers faithful! The Wall Street Journal’s Jared Diamond has proof that major sports franchises who file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy can rebound — and quite quickly.

Just flip the page back to the 2010 MLB season when Nolan Ryan’s Texas Rangers went belly up and made it all the way to the World Series.

Just don’t ask Cubs fans for any sympathy.

The Los Angeles Times provided a handy-dandy chronological review of how McCourt and the Dodgers fell into their current predicament

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