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Is Joe Torre the right person to take over the Dodgers? [Poll]

Torre-poll_640Former Dodgers manager Joe Torre announced his intentions Wednesday to attempt to purchase the Dodgers as part of an investment group with Los Angeles developer Rick Caruso.

But Torre isn't the only person with ties to the Dodgers showing interest in owning the team. Former owner Peter O'Malley, with a group that includes former Dodgers general manager Fred Claire and former Dodgers batboy Ben Hwang, and another group that includes former Dodgers stars Orel Hershiser and Steve Garvey have also been mentioned as potential bidders.

Hedge-fund executive Steven Cohen's bid was one of the first submitted to Major League Baseball last week.

Other potential bidders include Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, a group featuring former Lakers star Magic Johnson and a group that includes former agent Dennis Gilbert and talk show host Larry King.

Initial bids for the team, which was put up for sale after owner Frank McCourt took it into bankruptcy, are due by Jan. 23.

So how do you think Torre stacks up against the other potential candidates (not to mention those we may not even know about yet)? Is he the right person to take over the Dodgers? Vote in the poll, then leave a comment explaining why you voted the way you did.

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Photo: Joe Torre in 2010. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Which ex-Dodger should be N.L. manager of the year? [Poll]

The Dodger way lives successfully on, if only in other lands and other teams.

The three current leading contenders for National League manager of the year are all former Dodgers –- Ron Roenicke with the Brewers, Kirk Gibson with the Diamondbacks and Charlie Manuel with the Phillies.

It matches three different situations and personalities, with three similar results.

Roenicke is a low-key, thoughtful rookie manager who inherited what was expected to be a very good club. But under Roenicke, one of the nicest men in baseball, the Brewers have been better than good. They lead the Cardinals in the N.L. Central by six games.

Gibson is the Dodgers’ 1988 legend in his first full season as manager, after taking over on an interim basis last year. He appears to have made the most with the least, and the fiery player has been a thoughtful manager who has led Arizona to the top of the N.L. West.

Old-school Manuel may suffer from Phil Jackson syndrome. His team is loaded with talent, and everyone knew it before the first pitch. Yet he has deftly led a team of superstars and super egos to the best record in baseball.

Three deserving candidates. Only one can win, of course, but whoever it is will have Dodger roots.

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Who are the three greatest closers in Dodgers history?

Continuing our poll of the greatest Dodgers at each position with closer.

You had to have at least 40 saves to be eligible for this poll.

Remember, vote for three.

 

-- Houston Mitchell

Who are the three greatest middle relief/set-up men in Dodgers history?

Continuing our poll of the greatest Dodgers at each position with middle relief/set-up man.

You had to have pitched in at least 140 games with fewer than 40 saves to be eligible for this poll. Closers will be a separate category.

--Houston Mitchell

Who are the five greatest left-handed starters in Dodgers history?

Continuing our poll of the greatest Dodgers at each position with left-handed starting pitcher.

Remember, unlike our previous polls, this time you can vote for five people.

You had to have made at least 100 starts with the Dodgers to be eligible for this poll.

--Houston Mitchell

Who are the five greatest right-handed starting pitchers in Dodgers history?

Continuing our poll of the greatest Dodgers at each position with right-handed starting pitcher.

Remember, unlike our previous polls, this time you can vote for five people.

You had to have made at least 100 starts with the Dodgers to be eligible for this poll.

--Houston Mitchell

Who are the three greatest right fielders in Dodgers history?

Continuing our poll of the greatest Dodgers at each position with right field.

Remember to vote for three.

You had to have been the main starter at a position for at least three seasons to be listed on the poll.

--Houston Mitchell

Who are the three greatest center fielders in Dodgers history?

Continuing our poll of the greatest Dodgers at each position with center field.

Remember to vote for three.

You had to have been the main starter at a position for at least three seasons to be listed on the poll.

--Houston Mitchell

Who are the three greatest left fielders in Dodgers history?

Continuing our poll of the greatest Dodgers at each position with left field.

Remember to vote for three.

You had to have been the main starter at a position for at least three seasons to be listed on the poll.

--Houston Mitchell

Who are the three greatest shortstops in Dodgers history?

Continuing our poll of the greatest Dodgers at each position with shortstops.

Remember to vote for three.

You had to have been the main starter at a position for at least three seasons to be listed on the poll.

--Houston Mitchell
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