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Frank McCourt to staff: Please conduct business as usual with dedication to game and fans

April 20, 2011 |  8:22 pm

Photo: Frank McCourt. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

What now, Frank McCourt?

McCourt issued no public response Wednesday to Major League Baseball's seizing control of the Dodgers.

He did, however, issue an email to Dodgers employees that read:

"In light of the commissioner's announcement today, I ask that you please continue to conduct business as usual with our complete dedication to the game and our loyal fans. Each of you has represented this organization with class, and while this is no doubt a challenging time for all of us, I truly appreciate your efforts."

McCourt was not at the Wednesday’s game against the Braves. Tommy Lasorda and Acey Kohrogi, the team’s director of Asian operations, sat in McCourt’s seats.

Sports Illustrated national baseball writer Jon Heyman, however, on Wednesday tweeted: "I’m hearing McCourt intends to fight for Dodgers."

When other franchises have been taken over by their professional league, they were in bankruptcy or unable to find a buyer. McCourt’s history would indicate he would fight to keep the Dodgers, but even he must be able to read what he’s up against in this battle: Fans, media, city officials and now MLB.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Frank McCourt. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters