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Potential Dodgers owners already reaching out to Derrick Hall

January 31, 2012 |  1:00 pm

Dodgersbig1Could Derrick Hall, the Dodgers’ former vice president of communications and the Arizona Diamondbacks' current president and chief executive officer, return as the Dodgers’ next team president?

Yahoo Sports’ Steven Henson said several groups in the running to purchase the team from Frank McCourt have already approached Hall about becoming the Dodgers’ lead executive should they prove to have the winning bid.

Henson wrote a terrific piece about Hall, 43, and his recent battle with prostate cancer. Hall had surgery two months ago and received great news after a recent follow-up test.

Hall is one of the most likable, intelligent and dynamic individuals you could ever meet. He is a huge reason the Diamondbacks were selected as the best sports organization in the world to work for by the United Nations. You know, the kind of honors that used to go to the bankrupt Dodgers.

Hall was the first to figure out what Frank and Jamie McCourt were about and tender his resignation. He is such a bright star in baseball circles that many see him as a leading contender to replace Commissioner Bud Selig when he retires. Should that ever actually happen.

Henson’s piece chronicles what Hall has meant to the Diamondbacks and how totally impressive he’s been in dealing with his cancer. The inquiries from potential Dodgers owners are mentioned only briefly at the end of his lengthy piece.

Whoever ends up as the Dodgers' next owner could not find a better team president. Hall would be replacing … oh, wait, the Dodgers don’t currently have a team president. And haven’t since letting Dennis Mannion go 15 months ago.

Frank McCourt said then he would take over the day-to-day operations of the club, but it never happened. Word is he’s been a little busy in the courts.

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-- Steve Dilbeck

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