The Week That Was in Baseball: November 28-December 4, 2011
The Bobby Sox Era Begins in Boston • The SEC Goes Fishing for Marlin Money
Q: Who Wants the Dodgers? A: Everyone! • Put a Fork in Him, He's Got a Mantle
Valentine's Day in Beantown
Many in Boston are wondering if the Red Sox’ move was style over substance. Valentine is a known presence with a lofty resume as both player and manager (especially opposed to the other main applicant for the Boston job, Gene Lamont), but even as he stayed close to the game working analyst duties for ESPN, perhaps the Red Sox were looking for a sure-handed, authoritative voice in the clubhouse in the wake of last year’s meltdown. And hey, Bob Brenly came out of the booth once and took a talented Arizona team to the 2001 World Series triumph with no managerial experienceso why can’t Valentine do better with an equally gifted roster?
Want to Buy the Dodgers? Get in Line
* Former Dodger stars Steve Garvey and Orel Hershiser, bidding together as a front for as-yet unnamed financial backers.
* Peter O’Malley, the once-and-wants-to-be-again Dodger owner whose family held the franchise for nearly 50 years.
* Basketball legend Magic Johnson, aligned with former Atlanta and Washington exec Stan Kasten.
* Former Dodger general manager Fred Claire, fronting a group of various investors which include a former Dodger batboy (Ben Hwang) and one-time sports execs Andy Dolich, Joe Heitzler and Paul Kalil.
* Hi-tech billionaire Larry Ellison, who recently came close to purchasing the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.
* Dennis Gilbert, who made an unsuccessful run for the Texas Rangers last year and who counts former CNN interviewer Larry King among the partners in his bid.
* Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks who joined Gilbert in his bid for the Rangers last year.
* Hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen, aligning with Steve Greenberg, son of Hall-of-Famer Hank Greenberg.* And finally, we assume there still is that all-cash offer on the table from China through Los Angeles Marathon head William Burke.
No Way to Treat a Local Legend
But this past week saw a messy divorce between White and the team he’s forever been associated with. The Royals and Fox Sports Midwest agreed to dump White from his broadcast duties, citing that he was being too negative about the team in his on-air comments. (Well of course White’s been negative; only once have the Royals finished above .500 over their last 18 seasons.)
White is not waxing nostalgic about the dismissal, criticizing the Royals over the move and saying that he won’t return to the team in any capacity so long as the current regime is in place.
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Doom Over Miami?
This may be much ado about nothingor it could be the beginning of the end for Marlin owner Jeffrey Loria and his Number Two, team president David Samson. Jorge Costales, described by the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel as a certified public account and blogger who’s followed the Marlins’ financial trail, believes rough times could be ahead. “Hard to imagine how this ends without some admission of guilt or complicity on the part of the Marlins and a fine which significantly increases their share of the stadium cost,” said Costales to the newspaper. “Pigs get fat. Hogs get the SEC’s attention.”
MLB would like nothing more than to see the Marlins succeed now that the new ballpark will be ready for 2012; a failure there would put the future of Florida baseball in jeopardyand would bode badly for the prospects of the attendance-challenged Tampa Bay Rays up the road. But we get the feeling that few if any tears would be shed at MLB Central if Loria and Samson, the closest things to slimeballs among the Lords, were forced to give the franchise up under threat of prosecution.The Marlins have been talking the talk quite loudly in the free agent sweepstakes this falland even walked the walk by signing shortstop Jose Reyes and former San Diego closer Heath Bell to big multi-year packages this week. But we’ll see if the SEC noise is too much for Pujols and others to consider risking a move to Miami.
Keep Your Filthy Hands Off My Territory
Wolff has blown off the legal threat. “Normally there are numerous lawsuits filed,” he told the San Jose Mercury News, “This is a very solid (environmental report), so it’s somebody who doesn’t want us to compete in that area.”
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