The One Where Vicente Padilla Goes All Plaxico Burress on Us

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst INovember 4, 2009

ST. LOUIS , MO - OCTOBER 10:  :  :  :  :  :  :  Pitcher Vicente Padilla #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Three of the NLDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Busch Stadium on October 10, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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It has been a short-lived offseason for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but already yet another story has arisen that makes the organization seem more like a soap opera than a Major League Baseball club.

Reports out of Nicaragua on Tuesday confirmed that Dodgers pitcher Vicente Padilla was treated and released for a gunshot wound to the leg.

The incident comes just days after the ugly developments of the McCourts' divorce case became public with the release of over 700 pages of case documents.

Apparently, Padilla was accidentally shot in the right leg by his bodyguard while at a shooting range about 22 miles southeast of Managua. It appears that the bodyguard was in the process of trying to fix a malfunctioning weapon when it discharged and struck Padilla in the right thigh.

Ok, so it’s not exactly Plaxico, but it sure is close, as initial reports claimed that Padilla had actually shot himself.

News slowly leaked that the bodyguard was at fault, and that Padilla had spent around 40 minutes at a private hospital before being released.

The injury was not considered serious, but this one surely gets filed under the “you’ve got to be kidding me” tab.

The Dodgers right-hander was signed in August and went 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA during the regular season. Padilla will file for free agency soon and will be seeking a multi-year contract.

Is this really the way you lobby for a contract, Vicente?

Although he thrived under the management style of Joe Torre when he joined the Dodgers, Padilla has obtained a wrap sheet for being a clubhouse malcontent.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that getting shot by your bodyguard is not going to increase the value of your 32-year-old arm in any way, shape, or form.

Sure, he helped his case with a series-clinching win in St. Louis over the Cardinals, but he was also hammered for six runs in three innings in the series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies.

I just don't think bringing back Padilla will do anything to help this team take the next step towards winning the World Series.

So while the McCourt divorce obviously has a direct impact on the Dodgers’ future, Padilla will just become the butt of many jokes once this incident spreads.

It’s just another crazy development that further throws the organization into a state of flux as the battle of ownership squares up to take center stage in a California courtroom.

In regards to the McCourt case, Frank has presented a document signed by his soon-to-be-ex wife (and former Dodgers CEO) Jamie that states he indeed has sole possession of the team, while Jamie is the sole owner of their estate.

Jamie contends that she didn’t know what she was signing at the time.

The document was drafted when the couple first moved to Los Angeles from Boston after their purchase of the Dodgers, and it was done to protect the ownership status of the team in the event of a breakup.

Ironically, that document will now be the smoking gun in deciding the fate of one of baseball’s most storied franchises.

If the judge decrees that Frank is the sole owner of the Dodgers, then Frank might have to sell the team in order to cover the exorbitant costs demanded by Jamie in the divorce proceedings.

If both are declared to be partial owners, then there is no telling what will happen from there.

Frank fired Jamie from her position as CEO, citing insubordination and her inappropriate relationship with a personal security assistant assigned to her. That means that if both are positioned as owners, she will have to be reinstated within the front office.

Like I mentioned, the Padilla shooting incident will have no bearing on the Dodgers’ future because they most likely will not resign the free agent, but it just adds another comical chapter to the current state of the organization.