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Supervisor Antonovich wants O'Malley to run Dodgers during MLB during investigation [Updated]

Photo: Mike Antonovich. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times
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.


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Photo: Mike Antonovich. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

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I think it would be great to see Peter O'Malley running the team again. Even if it were only temporary. It would also be a great PR move for the commish.

The O'Malley's sold the team and took the $$$'s. Plain and simple!!
Say what you want about Frank McCourt, he doesn't deserve to be second-guessed by ex-owners who have been out of the game for years.
In my opinion, if Peter O'Malley would like to run the team again.....BUY IT.

I've been a fan through Rickey, The O'Malleys, Murdock, The McCourts...Who's next?

W.W.V.S.? What will Vinnie Say?

Where is Tommy Lasorda in this? I would be happy to see a statement from him.

This is a sensational happening, but it needs to be carried through to fruition!!! Remember buddie is just as big a con man as frankie and just as big a cheapskate. buddie likes owners who are just making it, but surviving. buddie likes gimmicks and buddie likes a diluted sport and buddie likes overexpansion.LOS ANGELES is the second largest tv market and second biggest city in the U.S. Los Angeles area produces more major league players than anywhere else.....Since 1957 the Yankees have won ,I think, 12 world series and the Dodgers have won five. The size of this city and the way the fans love this team, I for one think we should be right there with the Yankees. IF NOT MORE. But past owners have had the same attitude as frankie. FOX did not want to pay Piazza and dumped him.The omalley`s played for second place, I got that from Maury Wills book, HOW TO STEAL A PENNANT, and don`t forget the drinking fountain scandal when the stadium first opened. What I am saying is that their game was to just tease the fans and make them think they were really trying to win. In the beginning the Omalley`s were trying to win but once the fan base was built up they stopped trying and just worried about the bottom line.What we need in L.A. is an ego driven maniacal owner who has to win at all costs ala George Steinbrenner. A guy like Mark Cuban, but, don`t count on it, buddie would hate to see the spending and with that comes the winning. I hope it happens, I have been a Dodger fan since ww2. So buddie let us have our turn.....

Did Supervisor Antonovich really commend Commissioner Selig for "wrestling control of the Dodgers and bringing integrity back to the game"? Maybe Vince McMahon and the WWF would be a good option to grapple with the Dodger's problems if the O'Malleys can't get pinned down for the job.

Not so fast, Mike. Peter O'Malley's greed for a football team led to this mess. Additionally, I doubt that Peter O'Malley recalls who the Dodgers are...what is he now 95?


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