Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB owners concerned about Moorad finances-Bill Madden

  • 1/14/12, Bill Madden, "DESERT STORM"

"That was quite a bit of unexpected drama that occurred at the owners’ meetings in Scottsdale last week when they sought to get Bud Selig’s two-year extension on the agenda. Because a 10-day period is required for getting any issues on the agenda, there has to be a unanimous vote of the owners to waive that.

But San Diego Padres owner John Moores was infuriated when the owners put off approving his sale of the team to former agent Jeffrey Moorad and, in protest, cast a dissenting vote. That promoted another vote to put the extension “on notice” for 10 days and once again Moores was the only “nay.” Finally, after the owners elected to vote on the extension right there and then instead of by e-mail within the 10-day period,

  • Moores was again the only one to vote no on Selig.

It remains to be seen if Selig makes Moores pay for his rebellious streak, but MLB sources tell me that, in the wake of the Frank McCourt-Dodgers mess, there is real concern among the owners

  • about Moorad and whether he is sufficiently financed." (p. 2)

1/14/12, "Yankees GM Brian Cashman has best offseason with Michael Pineda trade, Hiroki Kuroda signing," Bill Madden, NY Daily News

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