The testimony in the what has become known as the "Dodger Divorce Trial" is stunning. Last week, it was revealed that Frank McCourt "had taken at least $100 million out of the Dodgers' assets for Jamie's use."
However thoughtful it was for Frank to blame this cash withdrawal on his estranged wife, the failure of the Dodger organization to invest in its bullpen is outrageous and inexcusable.
The sum of $100 million would have allowed the Dodgers to keep Orlando Hudson, Juan Pierre and even Manny Ramirez.
The sum of $100 million would have allowed the Dodgers to boost the bullpen — to hire better pitchers.
Orlando Hudson is a popular second baseman who hit for the cycle on Opening Day, April 13, 2009, his first home game as a Dodger. A baseball player hits for the cycle when he hits a single, a double, a triple and a home run in the same game, but not necessarily in that order. Hudson singled in the first inning, hit a home run in the third inning, doubled in the fourth inning and tripled in the sixth inning. Hudson was the first Dodger to hit for the cycle at Dodger Stadium. He was also extremely popular and a four-time Golden Glove awardee. He had an even temper and the fans loved him.