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Saturday, March 21, 2009

When charity begins with someone else

The Players Association filed a grievance against the Dodgers' charity requirement for all future players. The apparent impetus was Manny Ramirez' recent signing in that he had to fill in an amount to the Dodgers' own foundation.
  • I wondered if Boras and Manny knew about this and why the player can't choose his own charity.
MLB's Rob Manfred from the AP article: ""We're at a loss to understand how the MLBPA could possibly take the position that making a charitable donation does not provide a benefit to the player."" (AP story, 'Union Files Grievance over Dodgers Contribution,' on SportingNews.com
  • Clue to why Frank McCourt thinks charity means you giving to him:
Frank McCourt's recent political contributions from CampaignMoney.com:
Name & LocationEmployer/OccupationDollar AmountDatePrimary/ GeneralContibuted To
McCourt, Frank LOS ANGELES, CA 90067Los Angeles Dodgers/Owner$2,300 10/31/2008 G BECERRA FOR CONGRESS - Democrat
McCourt, Frank BOSTON, MA 02210Los Angeles Dodgers/Chairman of the$5,000 07/15/2008 P OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
MCCOURT, FRANK LOS ANGELES, CA 90067LOS ANGELES DODGERS/OWNER$2,300 04/04/2008 G FRIENDS OF BARBARA BOXER - Democrat
MCCOURT, FRANK LOS ANGELES, CA 90067LOS ANGELES DODGERS/OWNER$2,300 04/04/2008 P FRIENDS OF BARBARA BOXER - Democrat
McCourt, Frank LOS ANGELES, CA 90012Los Angeles Dodgers/Owner$25,000 08/31/2007 P DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE - Democrat
MCCOURT, FRANK H LOS ANGELES, CA 90024LOS ANGELES DODGERS/OWNER$1,150 03/31/2007 P LAUTENBERG FOR SENATE - Democrat
Mccourt, Frank LOS ANGELES, CA 90024 $2,300 03/31/2007 P HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT - Democrat

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