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Dodgers Web musings: Is the 1% all in on the Dodgers?

January 7, 2012 |  1:53 pm


You better have a pretty deep scorecard if you’re planning on keeping up with all the guys with supposedly deep pockets who want to buy the bankrupt Dodgers.

Pretty soon it will become easier to list which of the uber rich doesn’t want to buy the Dodgers. And the deadline for applications is still more than two weeks away. Getting the sinking feeling Frank McCourt may yet have the last laugh?

The Times’ Bill Shaikin has reported on two more of the well-heeled who want to move into the Dodgers owner suite, Tony Ressler and Stanley Gold, a pair of names that are unlikely to be familiar to you, unless your circle includes guys with Aston Martins and Bugattis.

Ressler is the co-founder of a Los Angeles investment group that controls more than $40 billion in assets and Gold heads Shamrock Holdings, the investment company founded by Roy Disney.

They already have one ownership quality down –- both refused comment for Shaikin’s story.

Also on the Web:

-- Hall of Famer baseball writer Ross Newhan wonders where are those Chinese billionaires who were supposedly interested in purchasing the Dodgers. Remember last September when Bill Burkle and his Chinese government friends supposedly offered a record $1.2 billion for the club?

-- Daily News columnist Tom Hoffarth takes a stab at handicapping the ownership field, listing the Rick Caruso-Joe Torre entry as his early favorite.

Hoffarth also writes the pressure is on Commissioner Bud Selig to weed out potential poor owners before approving the group from which McCourt gets to select.

-- Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown writes that the addition of Torre brings enormous credibility to Caruso’s effort.

And unrelated to the ownership situation, but also from Brown and truly worth a read, is his tribute to his brother and early observations on unexpected loss.

-- In a video, Fox baseball analyst Ken Rosenthal said the number and quality of ownership candidates speaks well for baseball and the future of the Dodgers.


-- Steve Garvey tells ESPN/LA that he hopes his getting fired by McCourt last summer while lobbying to be the new owner and working in the team’s community relations department won’t be a factor in his and Orel Hershiser’s bid. Said Garvey: “I think the most money possible is going to be the key."

-- The Dodgers’ annual winter development program for top minor leaguers starts Monday at Dodger Stadium.


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Photo: Stanley Gold has been the driving force behind Shamrock Holdings since it was founded in 1978. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times