Los Angeles Dodgers: Who's the Best Fit to Buy the Team?

Lou MartinContributor IIIJanuary 8, 2012

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 26:  Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Joe Torre speaks at a press conference announcing the postponement of Game 6 of the World Series at Busch Stadium on October 26, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. Game 6 of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers has been postponed by Major League Baseball because of rainy weather. The game has been rescheduled for tomorrow night. Game 7, if necessary, will now be played on Friday night.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The list of people interested in being a part of the new Los Angeles Dodgers ownership is a who’s-who list of past Los Angeles sports icons.

Magic Johnson. Orel Hershiser. Steve Garvey. Joe Torre.

Joe Torre?

Joe Torre isn’t really an icon in the annals of Los Angeles sports. But, if you’re bent on the new owner being someone who has a track record in L.A., Torre isn’t the guy.

His notoriety lies in the Big Apple, not the City of Angels.

Sure, Torre’s three seasons at the helm of the Dodgers was a good fit for the aging manager—and he wore the SoCal persona and lifestyle well—but was far from putting him on the level of Tommy Lasorda or Walter Alston.

So who is the best fit to own the Dodgers?

My vote goes to Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks.

Cuban has proven he knows what it takes to put together a winning team.

A Mark Cuban-owned Los Angeles Dodgers team could include Bill Russell as general manager, Steve Garvey as hitting coach and Orel Hershiser as pitching coach.

That’s not to say there aren’t better qualified coaches or general managers that could fill those positions better, but it is mentioned to illustrate Cuban knows how to keep fans interested.

If Cuban dropped out of the running, I’d cast my vote for the Magic Johnson group. Magic and Los Angeles go hand in hand.

If we’re ever going to see the return of the Big Blue Wrecking Crew, someone who knows something about winning needs to step in and take the reins and Magic Johnson is all about winning.

Come to think of it, Torre knows a thing or two about winning.

He’d get my third vote.

Word is now that even the Disney family is interested in joining the bidding process. Didn’t they buy the Angels a while back? That didn’t work out too well, so I hope they aren’t the new owners.

It’s a small world, after all.

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