MLB: Baseball Desperately Needs a 'Maverick' Like Mark Cuban

C. J. KrasykCorrespondent IJune 28, 2011

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 16:  Team owner Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks cheers during the Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade on June 16, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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As the growing dumpster fire that is the Los Angeles Dodgers continues to develop, it has become more clear that Major League Baseball needs to do one thing and one thing only.

Sell the organization to Mark Cuban.

Yes, Cuban is young, brash, outspoken and has on occasion butted heads with NBA Commissioner David Stern. But all of those things are actually what MLB needs right now.

They need someone that first and foremost can afford the Dodgers. Cuban is worth well over $2 billion so there is no problem there.

Baseball also needs a shot of "young and brash."

Check and check.

Cuban turned the Dallas Mavericks from the laughingstock of the NBA into NBA champions. He spends money on players and facilities. Players and fans love him. The game of basketball is better because of Cuban.

Even more reason to give Cuban a shot at baseball.

Owners around the sport are scared that he will be another George Steinbrenner. If by that they mean he will spend money and win championships, where is the downside?

The Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, New York Mets (before all the trouble with Madoff), Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Angels all spend a ton of money on payroll. The only owners scared of him are the ones that are not spending money.

There is no way that Cuban could hurt the game. MLB wants younger fans. Cuban could bring that. He has said before stop starting World Series games at 9 o'clock at night.

It is time that MLB and its owners starting protecting the interest of the game and its future instead of protecting their own interest.