Yahoo! Sports' Steve Henson recently picked out some 2012 MLB Spring Training winners and some losers. While most in Los Angeles, or around the country would consider former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt one of the biggest losers, Henson considers him a winner, as long as you look at it from a business standpoint.
Many consider him the biggest loser in Los Angeles, but he's leaving town with his pockets stuffed with hundreds of millions of dollars after selling the Dodgers for $2.15 billion. McCourt and his ex-wife, Jamie, ransacked the team coffers, enjoyed the fruits of a bountiful farm system that provided cheap talent for years, then had their nefarious ways exposed in an ugly divorce.
McCourt was humiliated and is despised. All the other owners turned on him. Yet he more than quadrupled his 2004 purchase price, which from a strictly business point of view makes him the most successful owner in baseball history.
McCourt has now walked away with $2 billion of a group including Magic Johnson's money which is the most a major league team has ever been sold for. Businessmen from all across the country would pat McCourt on the back for the deal he made.
The question is how much the money matters to him compared to his reputation.