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Dodgers owner Mark Walter is the anti-Steinbrenner

May 29, 2013, 12:33 PM EDT

New Los Angeles Dodgers owners Patton, Jr., Kasten,Walter, Johnson, Guber and Boehly pose after a news conference to announce the new ownership of the Major League Baseball team at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

Mark Walter was asked by the Los Angeles Times if he planned to fire Don Mattingly. His response:

“These guys are in charge,” Walter said before the Dodgers’ 3-0 victory over the Angels. “Nobody wants me running this team. If they do, that’s a huge mistake. I’m not qualified to run a baseball team. I hope people know that.”

It’s Stan Kasten’s and Ned Colletti’s call, Walter says.  And even though George Steinbrenner once said that he’d be a hands-off owner, you get the sense that Walter actually will be. If he had it in him to meddle he probably wouldn’t have let the media run with the notion that Magic Johnson is actually in charge or anything.

  1. baseballicious - May 29, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Ha! How is that NOT a “quote of the day” post? On May 29, 2013, at 12:33 PM, HardballTalk <> wrote:

    • bigharold - May 29, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      East coast bias??

  2. chill1184 - May 29, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    He’s right, owners are in reality should be just the provider of the cash when needed. If the owner wants to run the show then there is no point to having a GM

  3. barrywhererufrom - May 29, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    You are right he is the anti-Steinbrenner..he wins nothing!!!

  4. paperlions - May 29, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Oh, everyone knows that owners are not capable or qualified to run the baseball side of an MLB operation….well, everyone except for some of the owners.

  5. jeffrp - May 29, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Spend unprecedented amounts of money yet still put together a terrible roster, then let your manager twist in the wind when things very predictably don’t go well.

    Craig claims that Walter is not Steinbrenner, but these Dodgers sure as shit look like the ’80s Yankees.

    • kingscourt25 - May 29, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Every teams roster looks “terrible” when your best player turns into shit/hides a serious injury.

    • senioreditor2 - May 29, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Buy a team for 2.15 billion and then sign a TV contract for 7-8 billion. He sounds damn smart to me. He bought a team is disarray, farm system depleted and a terrible roster. He’ has only owned the team for about year. It’s far too early to decide if he’ll be a good owner or not. He’s says he’s in it for the long haul and I believe him. Steinbrenner bought the Yankees in 1973 and didn’t win it all until 1977….so lets give this guy more then 1/2 of two seasons.

  6. senioreditor2 - May 29, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Also, the Yankees we under .500 in 1974 (Steinbrenner’s first season)

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