Ownership in professional sports certainly comes with its own set of unique situations—and oftentimes a boatload of profits as well. In Major League Baseball, owners of late have enjoyed the best of both worlds—peace among all parties and a pretty sizable bottom-line figure.
However, many owners have done quite a bit to bring shame to America’s oldest professional sport, in ways that were both comical and downright sinister. In some cases, their own ineptitude caused the downfall of their particular franchise.
From belittling players to paying outrageous salaries to undeserving players to conducting selloffs of rosters, MLB owners throughout history have done some fairly stupid things to bring down their franchises—in some cases their actions led to many years of mediocrity.
Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt will certainly go down in history of one of those hated owners. His stewardship of the Dodgers from 2004 to the present has not been what anyone would consider quality ownership.
The decision by McCourt to allow the sale of the Dodgers franchise via an auction in bankruptcy court was a surprising turnaround, given that he seemed to be gearing for a long and protracted fight to keep the storied franchise in his hands.
So, where exactly does McCourt fit among the worst MLB owners of all time?
Let’s take a look…