DOVER, Del. — Attorneys for Major League Baseball asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge Friday to clear the way for a sale of the Dodgers, saying owner Frank McCourt is driving the team to destruction.
Attorneys for the league argued in a court filing that McCourt is using the team's Chapter 11 case to try to resolve his personal financial problems. They said he has methodically stripped the team of its revenue sources and is seeking to auction off the team's television rights without league approval, which could lead to its expulsion from the league and leave it in economic ruin.
League attorneys declared the proposed TV rights sale "dead on arrival." They argue that the only path for a quick and successful emergence from bankruptcy is a sale of the team. And they said such a sale would benefit the team, the league, fans and McCourt.
The Dodgers issued a statement dismissing the league's court filing as meritless and riddled with inaccuracies.
A hearing is tentatively set for Oct. 12.
Ex-Tiger McLain arrested: Former Tigers pitcher Denny McLain, 67, who won the 1968 AL MVP and Cy Young awards, was arrested Thursday at the Michigan border with Canada on a fugitive fraud warrant issued Aug. 26 in Louisiana. He was arraigned Friday and released on $10,000 bond with an extradition hearing set for Oct. 4.
Braves: RHP Tommy Hanson, on the disabled list since Aug. 7, felt pain in his right shoulder blade during a rehab appearance. … RH reliever Peter Moylan was diagnosed with a torn labrum and rotator cuff.
Diamondbacks: LH reliever Mike Zagurski was acquired from the Phillies for a player to be named, and RHP Esmerling Vasquez was designated for assignment.
Marlins: RH closer Leo Nunez admitted to using fake documents and a fake ID to sign a professional contract more than a year ago. Nunez returned to his native Dominican Republic on Thursday, and the Associated Press reported that his real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo and he is a year older (29) than believed. Dominican authorities arrested Hector Pena Diaz, who is accused of falsifying Nunez's documents.
Rangers: RHP Mark Lowe has a partial tear in his left hamstring, and manager Ron Washington said he is "gone for a while."
Reds: GM Walt Jocketty signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him with the club through 2014.
Twins: CF Denard Span, a former Tampa Catholic standout, and 3B Danny Valencia sat out against the Indians with general soreness and headaches after a minor traffic accident on the way to the airport Thursday in Minneapolis. Span's car rear-ended the car driven by Valencia's fiancee.
Rainout: The Phillies-Mets game was postponed because of rain, and it will be made up in a day-night doubleheader today (1:10, 7:10).
Obituary: Danny Litwhiler, who followed an 11-year major-league career in the 1940s with 28 years of coaching Division I college players, died at age 95 in Clearwater. Mr. Litwhiler, a two-time Gold Glove winner, played for the Phillies, Cardinals, Braves and Reds from 1940 to 1951 and was a member of the Cardinals' 1944 championship team. He coached at Florida State and Michigan State.