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O'Malley Keeping Eye on McCourt

Former Dodger owner isn't being critical, but he's concerned about team's stability.

March 06, 2004|Ross Newhan | Times Staff Writer

Former Dodger owner Peter O'Malley, reacting to the resignation of club president Bob Graziano and vice president of business Kris Rone, said Friday that he hoped this didn't portend another long period of instability for the organization and that new co-owner Frank McCourt needed to reveal his vision and agenda as soon as possible.

"We don't know what his vision and agenda is," O'Malley said. "When we do, maybe we'll have a better understanding and be better able to evaluate these changes.

"It's important he communicates and tells fans what his direction is. You can't fool the fans. My dad and I had their total support for decades because they understood what our direction was."

O'Malley said he wasn't being critical of McCourt. "With change of ownership comes change of management," he said. "I just hope there aren't too many changes in too short of time.

"The organization has gone through six or seven years of instability. You just can't continue to change managers, general managers, front office personnel.

"It's critical that they finally establish some continuity and stability."

O'Malley said he didn't know Mike Dee, who apparently is slated to become president.

Graziano and Rone resigned because of philosophical differences with McCourt and his wife, Jamie. O'Malley had hired Graziano 18 years ago.

"Bob has done an outstanding job," O'Malley said. "He's bright, has outstanding people skills, knows how to build consensus, is popular in the community and has done a terrific job of representing the organization even though his hands were tied by the previous ownership. I'm sure the club will miss him."

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