The Dodgers head into a new season nearing the end of the Frank McCourt era, with a sale of the team scheduled to be finalized by the end of April.
It will be a welcome change for the front office, the team and its fans, who stayed away in droves in 2011 when off-the-field developments overshadowed anything Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp and the Dodgers did on it. As owner, McCourt fought with his former wife, Jamie; Commissioner Bud Selig; and his creditors, tying up the team's purse strings.
''It will be good to get another chapter going,'' general manager Ned Colletti said. ''These have been a different couple of years, but change is coming.''
McCourt gets to select the winner of the bankruptcy auction from among potential ownership groups cleared by Major League Baseball. The sale is due to be closed April 30, coinciding with the deadline for him to make a $131 million divorce settlement payment to Jamie.
The team's future finances will be determined by new ownership, while Coll...