Supervisor Antonovich wants O'Malley to run Dodgers during MLB during investigation [Updated]
Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who has been increasingly vocal about the Dodgers since Giants fan Bryan Stow was severely beaten on opening day, isn’t stopping now.
Antonovich released a statement Wednesday heralding the news that Major League Baseball has taken control of the Dodgers from Frank McCourt and has a suggestion for Commission Bud Selig’s representative to temporarily oversee the Dodgers: Peter O’Malley.
"I commend baseball Commissioner Bud Selig’s wrestling control of the Dodgers and bringing integrity back to the game. It is my hope that the commissioner appoints a representative from the O’Malley family to oversee the team’s business affairs during the investigation -– a return of the O’Malley family to the Dodgers would be a home run for fans and the Dodgers."
O’Malley told The Times’ Bill Shaikin last September that McCourt had lost credibility throughout the city and should sell the team. O’Malley said then that he would be willing to run the team during a transitional period until new owners were found.
O’Malley said then he would not be interested in owning the Dodgers again.
[Updated at 6:10 p.m.: Reached by The Times Wednesday, O’Malley said he had not been contacted by MLB about serving as a temporary trustee. He declined to comment on whether he would still be willing to fill the post.]
When he owned the Dodgers O’Malley was not always on the best of terms with Selig, but their relationship is thought to be strong now.
Photo: Mike Antonovich. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times