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Black church leaders are advocating for Frank McCourt for some reason

Frank McCourt

Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaks to reporters after meeting with Major League Baseball executives, Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)


This is odd. A group of 20 ministers of predominately black Baptist and Methodist churches met with Frank McCourt last week -- at McCourt’s instigation -- and have written a letter to Bud Selig, lobbying for Major League Baseball to get off his case. From the letter:

“We are deeply troubled by the rancor, media attacks and lack of equity that has been afforded the Los Angeles Dodgers and Frank McCourt as they seek to provide financial stability to one of baseball’s most notable franchises.”

Can someone please explain to me what possible relevance the endorsement of any non-baseball group would or should have on this? What should Selig’s response to this be? “Well, Frank, you and your wife have all but bankrupted the Dodgers and have embarrassed the league, you can’t meet payroll and you’re on the verge of selling TV rights for the next two decades for pennies on the dollar, but you certainly have the ear of an influential group of pastors, so I hereby stand down.”

What’s next? McCourt gets the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police? Is he going to give a rockin’ keynote address at the National Prayer Breakfast? Is there something to this whole political angle we simply haven’t considered? Because, hell, I thought this was about money.