The Dodgers Bankruptcy: A Q&A

With the automatic stay in place, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig should be prevented (for the moment, at least) from seizing control of the team or taking any other punitive action against McCourt.

Where is Frank McCourt going to come up with the money to run the Dodgers while the Dodgers are in bankruptcy?

This is the first issue for the Bankruptcy Court, and will probably be addressed in a preliminary way at a hearing today before the Bankruptcy Court. Companies in Chapter 11 bankruptcy frequently seek special “debtor in possession” (DIP) financing to stay in operation during bankruptcy. DIP lenders get a special priority – they are repaid in bankruptcy before just about everyone else.   McCourt has a proposal in place to borrow $150 million from a hedge fund affiliated with J.P. Morgan Chase. The proposal is, in the words of Craig Calcaterra, a “crappy loan”, at a 10% interest rate, with a $4.5 million fee on top of it, but the loan would keep the Dodgers afloat.…

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If the Dodgers had a fire-sale…

So, the Dodgers filed for bankruptcy yesterday. Immediately, this doesn’t really have much of an impact of the Yankees and I’m not nearly well versed enough to understand the nuances and intricacies of bankruptcy and finance and all that stuff, so let’s just pretend for a second that the Dodgers were going to have a...

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The Brew Crew Comes to Town: A World Series Preview?

By taking two of three from the Rockies this weekend, the Yankees moved back into first place in the AL East and can boast both the best record and run differential on the junior circuit.  So, while New York could face serious challenges from Boston, Texas, and Tampa Bay in the coming months, it isn’t terribly far-fetched to call them a front-runner for the AL pennant.

Coming off a three-game sweep of Minnesota, the Brewers have opened up a little breathing room in the NL Central, but St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati all remain above .500 and well within striking distance.  Furthermore, Milwaukee actually ranks fourth in the NL in both winning percentage and run differential.  With the reigning champion Giants and the perennial powerhouse Phillies still in the mix, why would one predict the Brewers represent the National League in the Fall Classic?

For starters, Milwaukee’s current record is a bit misleading.  The Brewers scuffled out of the gate.  They hit a low point during a seven-game losing streak at the beginning of May.  …

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Series Preview | Yankees vs. Brewers: Welcome to the Bronx

This happened last time these two teams met: On June 8, 2005, Alex Rodriguez watches his 400th career home run head toward the seats in Milwaukee. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Yankees’ second-to-last Interleague set finds them facing former AL foe the Milwaukee...

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The Farm Report 6/27/2011: Wins top to bottom

Double-A Trenton defeats New Hampshire 6-4

Austin Romine continues to have a solid season behind the plate, going 2-5 with a double and an RBI tonight, and the Thunder pulled this one out thanks to a 5-run 6th inning. Trenton trails New Hampshire by 3 games in the Eastern division.

High-A Tampa defeats Brevard County 6-3

A few nice performances at the plate for the Tampa Yankees tonight. Leadoff hitters Abraham Almonte went 2-4 with a walk and scored 3 runs, centerfielder Melky Mesa went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI, and designated hitter Kyle Roller went 2-5 with a home run. The Manatees also made 4 errors in this game, which certainly didn’t help their cause any.

Low-A Charleston defeat Augusta 3-0

The bottom of the lineup came up big for the Riverdogs tonight, as each of the 5-9 hitters collected at least one hit. Leadoff hitter Eduardo Sosa drove in a couple of runs with a triple, though he also struck out twice, while designated hitter Kyle Higashioka went 2-3 with a walk and a double.…

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Open Thread | TYA Mobile App! and Matt Warden news

We've gone mobile!

Some very exciting news around these parts: Yankee Analysts readers with Android-based smartphones can now download our brand-new TYA app from the Android app store, absolutely free! Everything you know and love about TYA is...

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Links: Injured Players, Defense, Posada, Logan, and "Pitchers They've Never Seen"

There are a bunch of of stories and blogposts that I wanted to highlight today, so let’s do a link-around:

1) Larry Rothschild watched Phil Hughes throw a bullpen session yesterday, and sounded encouraged by the results:

“There was a clear difference with the way the ball was getting to the plate,” Rothschild said. “Now it’s...

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Fans, FOX Could Tilt the Balance in McCourt’s Battle with Baseball

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

After being backed into a corner by Commissioner Bud Selig, Los Angeles Dodgers’ owner Frank McCourt lashed out at Major League Baseball by filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. That’s what rats do.


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