L.A. Dodgers: Will Mark Cuban Replace Frank McCourt as Team's Owner?

Rich StoweAnalyst IIIApril 21, 2011

DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 10:  Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, uses a personal electonic device as he sits on the bench during warm ups against the Denver Nuggets during NBA action at the Pepsi Center on February 10, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Mavericks 121-120. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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With Major League Baseball taking over control of the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday, it probably won't be too long before Bud Selig convinces Frank and Jaime McCourt to sell the team.

For those of us who believe that Mark Cuban should be the next person to own a Major League Baseball franchise, don't get too excited.

This morning on Mike and Mike on ESPN, Buster Olney reported that, "if the Dodgers do go up for sale, Selig is expected to go the safe route." Buster then named a couple of possibilities (people who are currently part-owners of teams). 

Mark Cuban is not a safe choice at all—at least in baseball's mind.

Major League Baseball has continuously either put the fix in so Cuban couldn't own a franchise (as my colleague Matt Strobl pointed out during the Rangers auction last year) or simply outright denied him the chance (like when the Cubs went up for sale).

Major League Baseball has always been a "good old boys club," where in order to buy a team, you either have to have owned a club previously (how many franchises did Jeffrey Loria run into the ground before joining the Red Sox ownership group?) or you have to be a quiet person, who won't rock the boat. 

Mark Cuban is none of these.

I firmly believe that Major League Baseball doesn't want an owner like Cuban; one that will constantly question the commissioner, umpires and so on.

They will do everything in their power, either legally or underhanded (see the Rangers link above) to ensure he never owns a team.

I also firmly believe that Mark Cuban would be great for baseball.

The sport needs an owner like Cuban, who understands and loves the game. It needs an owner who isn't going to worry about pocketing money, but instead gives the team and the fans the best chance to win, year in and year out.

Love or hate him, George Steinbrenner was great for baseball and I believe Mark Cuban would bring the same fire, energy and desire to win that Steinbrenner had and that most current owners in baseball don't have.

The sad thing is, it will never happen. Baseball (and in this case, the Dodgers) will be worse off for it.

The Dodgers are one of baseball's most proud and storied franchises and they deserve an owner that will restore that.

They need an owner that will bring the fans back to the games and Mark Cuban will do that. 

Baseball is at its best when teams in New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles are succeeding.

What do you think? Do you think Mark Cuban will ever own an MLB team? Do you think the Dodgers might be his best bet?


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