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Well, These Aren't His Father's Dodgers

March 13, 2004

Peter O'Malley claims not to know what new Dodger co-owner Frank McCourt's "vision and agenda" might be.

Well, let's see. So far, McCourt has opted for thrift over experience in hiring his new general manager, failed to do anything about beefing up the Dodger offense, and dropped hints about selling naming rights to Dodger Stadium to boost revenue.

Seems to me McCourt's "vision and agenda" are pretty clear. Of course, O'Malley can always check back in 10 years, once the McCourts have had a chance to fill Chavez Ravine with condos, taken their team-sale profits and high-tailed it back to Boston. That should lay any remaining questions to rest.

Bonnie Sloane

Los Angeles

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How much longer are we going to have to put up with Peter O'Malley's "shadow ownership" of the Dodgers? After lending his name to Eli Broad's trial balloon ownership bid for the team, now O'Malley wants to keep an eye on Frank McCourt's "vision and agenda," because he and his father had the fans' "total support ... because they understood what our direction was."

Peter O'Malley had his father's name but none of his skill. He bailed out on the team six years ago because he couldn't adapt to the changes occurring in the financial structure of the game and lacked the vision to develop new sources of revenue.

Frank McCourt may turn out to be the bad owner everyone seems to be saying he already is. But then again, maybe not. Peter O'Malley should be the first person to shut up and give McCourt the chance he says he is giving him, but really isn't.

Gregg B. Hughes

Northridge

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Why Peter O'Malley did not speak up during the Fox reign is obvious: Because he was too busy counting his money.

The only O'Malley who ever knew anything about baseball was Walter.

Robert Littman

Tarzana

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Ideally, if you have the responsibility, you should also have the control. Therefore, it's no wonder that Frank McCourt is replacing the Dodger executives with his own people.

If the Dodgers tank, people will blame McCourt. Doesn't it then make sense that if he fails, he'd rather it be because he made the wrong decisions instead of people he didn't hire making the wrong decisions? So far, all these Dodger (ex) executives have done is put together a terrible product year after year. They should be "jumping at their shadows."

Ross Newhan decries the lack of stability, but for years now, the team has shown tons of stability -- the stability of third place.

Kevin Webb

San Bernardino

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How ironic to see so many Dodger fans show up to purchase single-game tickets, with most of those interviewed saying that the Dodgers lack the talent to even be a mediocre team, yet there they are out there supporting the mediocrity.

The only way to make change is to make a stand. By showing the front office that you will support a below-average team, that's exactly what you will get.

What does the Dodger organization have to lose? Certainly not your undying support. Why would you feed your dog steak if it would gladly eat kibble?

Sam Rizzardo

Harbor City

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