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People are reaching out to Joe Torre to join groups bidding on the Dodgers

Nov 23, 2011, 6:17 AM EDT

Joe Torre AP

Joe Torre has a job:  he’s the guy who has to deliver bad news for MLB, fine people and offer rather incoherent defenses of the league’s current instant replay policy. It’s a full time gig.

But is there something else in his future? Like, say … becoming part owner and potential president/figurehead of the Los Angeles Dodgers:

“I’m not part of any group,” he said by telephone Tuesday afternoon. “But I’ll tell you there’ve been a number of people who’ve reached out and inquired, but I’ve made no alliance, no commitment, as of this minute.”  Could his situation change in a month? “Who knows?” he said. “It’s certainly something you’d have an interest in.”

Among the potential ownership groups who have approached Torre is the one led by real estate developer Rick Caruso. But there are a ton of people who are interested in bidding on the Dodgers and you have to think a lot of them would love to be able to have a current front office employee/future Hall of Fame manager at the top of their term sheet. Or maybe the terms go at the top and the names at the bottom. Confession: I have never seen a term sheet before and I have no idea what they look like.

Anyway, it would be weird to see Torre playing the role of baseball owner, even if he would merely be the face of a well-moneyed bid.

  1. cup0pizza - Nov 23, 2011 at 8:28 AM

    Torre already wasted enough time of the Dodgers sleeping /picking his nose incessantly in the dugout for a few seasons. Would prefer the overrated old man to stay away from Chavez Ravine.

  2. sdelmonte - Nov 23, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    It does seem to be a small trend now for former players to be involved at the ownership level, though so far the trend seems to be superstars like Nolan Ryan, MJ, Gretzky and Mario. But I think it’s long overdue.

    • Kevin S. - Nov 23, 2011 at 12:42 PM

      Ryan was a little different than just a figurehead owner, in my opinion. He worked his way up, so to speak, by owning a AA team first and learning about a lot of what goes into ownership.

  3. Chipmaker - Nov 23, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    And after doing the executive/figurehead bit for a few years, he could run for Preznit!

    Oh, wait, that’s been done. No new ground to break.

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