Former Dodger players Orel Hershiser and Steve Sax are teaming up and forming a group to buy the Dodgers. They are calling themselves the Orel-Sax group.
OK, that’s a lie… but it was fun writing it.
Seriously, who isn’t trying to buy the Dodgers is a smaller list than those who are trying to buy them.
Most are pretenders. Steve Garvey? No way – He has only one problem: MONEY. Uh, oh, Don’t let Bud hear that, he’ll have him anointed in the wink of an eye.
Mark Cuban? I can’t see Bud letting him in, nor can I see Cubes paying the going price.
That leaves a lot of people left, but I think Dennis Gilbert deserves a long, hard look.
He’s a former agent now employed by the ChiSox as a front-office executive, who has a sterling reputation as a win-win type of negotiator. Unlike Scott Boras who tries to beat-down the owners, Dennis positioned himself as a friend to both the owners and players and negotiated fairly. He has put in some time within MLB after his retirement as an agent, so he seems positioned as a member of the “good ole’ boys club” which is important here.
It’s not clear to me how much he’s worth, but he does spend six figures a year on Dodger Tickets. If he bought the Dodgers he could save that money and upgrade to an owners’ box.
The Dodgers could do a lot worse than Dennis Gilbert. I think he’ll need two or three investors to pull it off, but he’d be a local owner, a smart owner and an owner who would mesh well with the fans.
Frank McCourt was 0-3 in those areas.
If he’s the pick, I think he’ll know who needs to runs the baseball side of the business…