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McCourt Turns in Blue Book, Baseball Ready to Grade
2003-12-12 03:39
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

As of 3:40 p.m., the Times website does not have the Associated Press report that Kevin Brown has permitted the Dodgers to trade him, and only needs to set his private flight plans with the Yankees for his approval to be completely sealed. However, Ross Newhan and Jason Reid do have news of another formality that, is it fair to say, some will find surprising.

Prospective Dodger owner Frank McCourt has finished his take-home exam, turning in the paperwork detailing the finances of his bid to the commissioner's office.

According to the report, two unnamed baseball officials - and I don't have any idea why baseball can't go on the record on this matter, because there's no benefit to the home office from the cloak and dagger - indicate that approval of McCourt's purchase could come one month from tomorrow, January 13.

The countdown for the mysterious McCourt can begin in earnest.

Update: Four hours later, the Times website has the Brown news, and AP has the McCourt news with baseball chief operating officer Bob DePuy on the record - but duly credits the Times website with the scoop.

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