Bring back O'Malley family to run Dodgers, Antonovich says
An L.A. County supervisor has suggested that the family that owned the Dodgers for decades should return to help rebuild the team now that Major League Baseball has taken over financial oversight of the team.
“I commend Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig’s wrestling control of the Dodgers and bringing integrity back to the game,” said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich in a statement. “It is my hope that the commissioner appoints a representative from the O’Malley family to oversee the team’s business affairs during the investigation--a return of the O’Malley family to the Dodgers would be a home run for fans and the Dodgers.”
Selig announced Wednesday that his office would assume control of the financial operations of the Dodgers. The move comes after Dodgers owner Frank McCourt needed a personal loan from Fox to meet the team's payroll.
Other officials were shocked by the turn of events.
“It’s extraordinary, to be honest with you, and frankly it’s unfortunate,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl. “We already have moral problems and issues in our community like the budget problems. We look [to the Dodgers] for a little joy, amusement and fun."
Rosendahl said he hopes the changes end up strengthening the team. “It’s not fair to the fans who have been so caring about the team, but life goes on, and we will recover from this," he said.
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Photo: Current Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, left, and former owner Peter O'Malley, right, at a ceremony dedicating a plaque of former Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley at the Coliseum in 2008.