As the Dodgers close in on a division title, former owner Frank McCourt is in the news again. He presumably took time away from kicking orphan puppies to donate $100 million to Georgetown University to found a public policy school that will be named after McCourt, per the Washington Post:
The McCourt gift will fund an expansion of faculty, scholarships for top students, a Center for Global Politics and Policy, and a Massive Data Institute. The school will be based in the Old North building on the main campus but at some point could move to another part of the District to be closer to government agencies.
While wondering if for spite reasons McCourt should have donated $131 million and named it the Jamie McCourt School of Negotiation, here is a look at other, less unsavory Dodgers news:
Takumi Numata, the 19-year-old Japanese pitcher signed by the Dodgers on Monday, has a fastball that "sits in the upper 80s to low 90s, according to the report, topping out at 92 mph. He goes right after hitters with it and largely pitches off of his fastball, though he also has a slider," per Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com and Kazuto Yamakazi of Shut Down Inning. They even found video:
Another, much higher profile Japanese pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka, perhaps the best available pitcher this offseason, has been scouted by the Dodgers, wrote Mark Saxon at ESPN Los Angeles.
Matt Kemp had a triumphant return on Tuesday night, wrote Tony Jackson at Dodger Scribe.
Jon Weisman drew parallels between the 2013 Dodgers and 1988 Dodgers for Sports on Earth.
This is a day old, but Chad Moriyama looked at Kemp's new batting stance. Manager Don Mattingly indirectly addressed Kemp at the plate after Tuesday's game, saying, "That's what you see when he's in more like a power stance, with not a whole lot of movement."