Major League Baseball Opposes Dodgers Motion For Documents In Case

The New York Times reports that Major League Baseball is opposing a motion by the Los Angeles Dodgers that would require the league to turn over evidence that the Dodgers think will help them in bankruptcy court. 

To further his case against Selig and baseball, McCourt demanded a lengthy list of documents and other evidence that would show, in part, that M.L.B. has been unnecessarily punitive in its handling of the Dodgers’ financial crisis, compared with the "velvet glove" treatment of other teams with money problems.

"This is not the time for Mr. McCourt to try to build a case to challenge M.L.B.’s administration of baseball," the opposition brief said.

The Dodgers claim these documents demonstrate "the commissioner's real agenda" with regard to the team (essentially, to treat the organization differently from other teams that it argues have had similar situations), while the MLB contends that the documents are irrelevant to the Dodgers' bankruptcy and financing of the team, which is what's really at issue.

MLB's opposition to the motion was the latest move in the wrangling between the embattled Dodgers organization and Major League Baseball. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has accused the commissioner's office of preventing the team from getting the money it needs (by vetoing a huge new television deal that commissioner Bud Selig felt would give McCourt money he didn't deserve). Meanwhile, McCourt has "treated the team like a personal bank," contributing to its mountain of debt. Major League Baseball argues that the documents to which McCourt is seeking access merely show how badly McCourt has run the team.

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