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Steve Soboroff steps down as Dodgers vice chairman

June 25, 2011 | 11:36 am

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Steve Soboroff, who publicly clashed with the baseball commissioner’s office in his brief tenure as the Dodgers’ vice chairman, has resigned.

In a letter addressed to Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, Soboroff wrote:

I accepted the position as Vice Chairman of the Los Angeles Dodgers because I love Los Angeles and I love the Dodgers. I felt I could use my previous experience during the past 30+ years with civic and public policy projects like Staples Center, the city’s Recreation and Parks system, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, etc., etc. to help the Dodger organization and to help Los Angeles.

On the day my appointment was announced, last April, I received hundreds of messages of support from people throughout Los Angeles. It was a great start!

Unfortunately, the very next day, an unanticipated action by the Commissioner of Major League Baseball resulted (understandably) in elevating the resolution of ‘control and ownership’ issues to top priority, which remains to this day. As a consequence, it is not possible for me to effectively work on the very initiatives and contributions that you had hired me to implement.

My family and I have reflected on this turn of events and have determined that the present environment is not conductive to getting the results I was brought on to achieve for the Dodger organization or for Los Angeles

As a result, I am tendering my resignation as Vice Chairman of the Los Angeles Dodgers, effective immediately.

I remain a lifelong Dodger fan and will now embark on a different path to continue my longstanding efforts to make good things happen in Los Angeles.

-- Bill Shaikin

Photo: Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, left, is joined by Steve Soboroff during a media session following a meeting with MLB executives in New York in April. Credit: Mary Altaffer / Associated Press

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