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Torre quits MLB post to pursue Dodgers

Los Angeles DodgersYou can add Joe Torre’s name to a list of Los Angeles Dodgers suitors, as he joins Rick Caruso in one of the 16 groups seeking to buy the troubled franchise and Dodger Stadium.

Formerly manager of the Dodgers. Torre had been MLB’s Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations since last February, overseeing things like on-field discipline and umpires and serving as liaison to general managers and field managers about on-field happenings. His job will be filled temporarily by Joe Garagiola Jr., Kim Ng and Peter Woodfork.

USA Today estimates there are 16 groups seeking the Dodgers, though it’s hard to say how serious they are; the list includes Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has sworn he would not be sucked into a bidding war for the historic franchise and associated assets. Caruso is a Los Angeles real-estate developer. Given that much of the upside surrounding the Dodgers is the development of land surrounding the ballpark in Chavez Ravine, it’s not surprising at all a high-profile developer would be seeking the team and its assets.

Other names associated with potential ownership groups include basketball great Magic Johnson, talk-show host Larry King, former Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals President Stan Kasten, White Sox owner Dennis Gilbert, former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley, former Dodgers GM Frank Claire, former players Orel Hershiser and Steve Garvey, and former Oakland Athletic president Andy Dolich among others.

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