10.23.09

McCourt To Wife : You’re Fired

Posted in Baseball at 2:22 pm by

All things considered, this is one heck of a way to take the heat off Jonathan Broxton.  A week after divorce proceedings between Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and wife Jamie (above) were announced, the former has fired the latter as LA’s chief execuctive, the Times’ Bill Shaikin reports.

“Jamie is disappointed and saddened by her termination,” attorney Dennis Wasser said Thursday. “As co-owner of the Dodgers, she will address this and all other issues in the courtroom.”

Wasser would not say whether she would continue to occupy her office at Dodger Stadium. He said that would depend on the outcome of legal proceedings he expected to initiate “in the next couple weeks.”

While Frank McCourt is pressing ahead with the business of the team, including Tuesday’s announcement of a long-term contract extension for General Manager Ned Colletti, Jamie McCourt is believed to be lining up investors for a possible effort to buy her husband out and gain sole control of the team.

Shaikin also writes that Mrs. McCourt  “was believed to have started calling prominent baseball figures, with the intention of arranging meetings to discuss the direction of the team.”  Who thought Steve Phillips wouldn’t land on his feet?

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