Not a bad consolation prize: Peter O’Malley says he and his family are considering making a bid for the San Diego Padres, put back on the market by John Moores.
The O’Malley family has deep roots in baseball: Walter O’Malley moved the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles and built Dodger Stadium; Peter O’Malley ran the Dodgers for many years and made a short run to buy back the team from Frank McCourt, a purchase later consummated by Guggenheim Baseball Management.
When the O’Malleys ran the Dodgers, it was a family operation, and additional members of the family remain in baseball: Tom Seidler and Kevin O’Malley own the Visalia Rawhide (High Class A; California League), for instance, and were responsible for one of the more amazing turnarounds in Minor League Baseball over the past few years, revitalizing the franchise and shepherding a long-overdue renovation of Recreation Park.
Moores was forced to put the Padres back on the market after an attempt to buy the team by Jeff Moorad fell through.
“During the Dodger pursuit, the next generation of family got quite engaged about the opportunity,” Peter O’Malley told the Los Angeles Times. “It brought back all positive memories.
“The Padres have only been on the market a number of days. I have not talked to [Padres owner] John Moores. We’re considering it.”
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