The 2014 MLB season is rapidly approaching as Spring Training starts in just a few short weeks and pitchers and catchers report in two days. With all of the big upcoming events, the media should be talking about up and coming prospects and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ concerns with finding an everyday second baseman. Instead, the last week has been filled with reports about the team’s ownership being involved in all sorts of sports-related activities, none of which are related to the Boys in Blue.
A few days ago the news was reporting that Magic Johnson and part of the Dodgers’ ownership group had all taken on a new investment when they purchased Los Angeles’ WNBA team, the Sparks. Do I care that the team’s owners spent money on this? No. It is their money and they should do with it what they please. I do have a problem, however, with the fact that their outside interactions are getting more attention than the Dodgers.
Similarly, Magic came up in the news in the past 24 hours for Lakers-related activity. As the basketball team struggles to rebuild, Magic has extended a helping hand to the organization. He has offered to play a part in convincing a big free agent to come to Los Angeles, if they want his help.
In the mean time, the news glossed over the fact that the Dodgers’ GM, Ned Colletti, snagged the team a utility infielder. Most fans will not have heard about the Dodgers signing Justin Turner to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training because Magic is dominating the news coverage.
It is time for Magic and his ownership friends to sit back and let the news get back to reporting what is important: the Dodgers’ players, coaches, and the MLB season ahead.