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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Peter O'Malley Tells Frank To Sell The Dodgers

Peter O'Malley on Thursday called upon Frank McCourt to sell the Dodgers, saying "the current Dodger ownership has lost all credibility throughout the city" and that local investors are needed to restore the luster of the city's cherished baseball team.

"In my judgment," O'Malley said, "it would be best for the franchise and the city if there was new ownership."


He said he is not interested in returning to ownership but would be willing to smooth the transition for potential new owners on what he called a "short-term" basis.


"The Dodgers are a jewel and earned that reputation not just based on winning games," O'Malley said, "but on how the franchise was managed."

Update: Bill Plaschke goes for the jugular:
"For many years, the Dodgers have been one of the most prestigious institutions in our city and throughout professional sports," O'Malley told Shaikin. "Sadly, that is not the case today."

If perception-deaf McCourt still doesn't understand, these words can be translated into a succinct message that will hopefully bring him to his senses.

Frank, you are now alone.

It's a rare day when I agree with anything T.J. Simers writes, and rarer still when I agree with Plaschke. Time to do a self-sanity-check.

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Frank's not alone - there's the sons, Arte Moreno, and every Dodger-hater who are rooting for him to keep control too.

That'd be about it.

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