Stow case fodder for both sides in Dodgers vs. MLB


Stow case fodder for both sides in Dodgers vs. MLB

The headlines in the Dodgers bankruptcy case today havefocused on a number: 189.16 million. Thats the amount Major League Baseballsays Dodgers owner Frank McCourt looted from his team, according to a reportin the Los Angeles Times.But a local angle is taking shape as the Dodgers and MajorLeague Baseball battle for post-bankruptcy control of the team, and it involvesbeaten Giants fan Bryan Stow.The Times said that in Mondays court filings, both sidesare using the Stowcase against the other.All along, baseball commissioner Bud Selig has maintainedthat McCourt, whose messy divorce from wife Jamie catapulted his teamsfinancial difficulties into the spotlight, has mismanaged proceeds from theDodgers -- sometimes in the form of extravagant personal purchases, and to help fundMcCourts 130 million divorce settlement. This, they say, rather than reinvesting themoney back into his team.Bankruptcy judge Kevin Gross previously ruled that theDodgers' stadium security issues, specifically the Stow beating case from March 31, 2011, is relevantin the proceedings in terms of determining the clubs financial condition. Stows attorneys saytheir clients medical bills could top 50 million. The following claims were made on both sides in Mondays courtfilings, amounting to the equivalent of a bankruptcy-court ping-pong match:Major League Baseball says the investigation into the Stowcase revealed inadequacies in Dodgers stadium security under McCourts watch;the Dodgers say such claims are a result of the Commissioners fabricating thepublic misimpression that the security at Dodger Stadium is somehow inadequate.The team also says the 197 LAPD officers on duty on the day Stow was beaten wasthe highest number ever at a Dodger game'; Baseball says the team omitted thefact that McCourt removed uniformed officers before the 2011 season, includingthe opening game when Stow was so seriously injured.'Among baseballs claims are more alleged deficiencies in Dodgerstadium security, such as inadequate lighting in the parking lot, a frontoffice that lacked experienced executives in stadium security and the ease ofunauthorized access to the stadium.'Stow, 42, was severely beaten following the Giants Opening Day game in Los Angeles. Two suspects are in custody. Stow was released from SF General Hospitallast month and sent to an undisclosed rehabilitation facility as the fatherof two attempts to recover from significant brain injuries.Read more on the case in the L.A. Times here.
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Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster


Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure


Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”