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Frank McCourt sale of Dodgers will be ‘rebirth,’ councilman says

November 2, 2011 |  9:41 am

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Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes, whose district includes Chavez Ravine, said the announcement that Frank McCourt would sell the Dodgers is "a new beginning."

"On the one hand I feel relief for the McCourts because they're ending a chapter, a period of their life that has been very difficult.... They are a family, when all is said and done, that is going through a major, major crisis, and that's ending," Reyes said.

But on the other hand, "It's exciting to see that there's a sense of rebirth, a sense of new beginning, and the possibility of winning a championship."

FULL COVERAGE: Dodgers and the McCourts

Reyes said he plans to be among the fans at opening day next year and hopes the "next set of owners or owner will understand the significance of being a good neighbor" to the city.

He said that despite all the negative publicity, the Dodgers' charitable foundation was deeply involved in the community, helped provide new baseball diamonds and was supportive of causes including the Boys and Girls Club.

As for the prospect of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban purchasing the Dodgers, Reyes chuckled: "He definitely has a lot of energy, and that energy can go two ways."

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-- Ari Bloomekatz

Photo: Dodger Stadium. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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