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Peter O'Malley slams the McCourts

Sep 17, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

The O’Malley family owned the Dodgers for 47 years. While there are some old coots in Brooklyn who still hate them, they’re pretty much Dodgers royalty. Since selling the team the O’Malleys haven’t been terribly outspoken about the Dodgers, serving more as sources for historians, documentary filmmakers and authors and stuff than critics of the current regime. Which makes former owner Peter O’Malley’s comments to the L.A. Times about the McCourt saga yesterday fairly significant:

“The current Dodger ownership has lost all credibility throughout the
city. In my judgment, it would
be best for the franchise and the city if there was new ownership. For many years, the Dodgers have been one of the most prestigious
institutions in our city and throughout professional sports. Sadly, that is not the case today.”

Not that it will make any difference of course. The McCourts see the Dodgers as a cash machine and little more, and as long as it continues to dispense the cash — or at the very least serve as useful collateral for irresponsible borrowing — they’ll have no interest in selling the team to more responsible stewards. And that’s the case no matter how much they are publicly shamed either by the words of others or through their own shameless actions.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 17, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    In happier days, no doubt – or maybe they were just pacing off the dotted line to the left of which Mr. McCourt will plant his flag (“I claim-a thees steenkin’ desert inn-a the name of-a Spain!) and to the right of which Jamie will run the show.
    .

  2. doctorfunke - Sep 17, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Someone get that woman a cheeseburger.

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