I think all Dodgers fans, with the exception of those who are related in some way to Frank and Jamie McCourt, will be glad when the team gets a new owner.
The team has been unable to seriously compete for free agents during the offseason, and the whole McCourt divorce fiasco has been a black eye for the organization as a whole.
While we don't know exactly who all the finalists in the bidding are, two groups that get a lot of publicity are ones led by former Dodgers manager Joe Torre and another led by former Lakers great Magic Johnson. Of course, in both of these cases, the main money is coming from sources other than Torre and Johnson, but the new face of the Dodgers would be one of these two.
While I respect Torre as a baseball person, I would rather see Magic's group win the bidding. Why? Because of the excitement and energy I believe Magic would bring to Los Angeles as owner of the Dodgers.
Joe Torre may know baseball many times better than Magic Johnson, but let's face it; Magic Johnson just has a lot more energy about him. Yes, Joe Torre is a great baseball mind, but he just doesn't have the energy and enthusiasm that Magic Johnson has.
Magic may not have the baseball experience, but he is a good businessman, and I believe he also has the brains to go out and hire people that do have the necessary baseball experience to make the team successful on the field.
I believe Magic would make going to Dodger Stadium exciting, even if the team wasn't doing well in the standings.
I also believe the excitement a Magic-led Dodgers organization would bring to Los Angeles would bring attendance way up, and with more attendance comes more money. And let's face it, to land the good free agents, you need the big bucks
While I wouldn't want the Dodgers to spend the kind of money needed to land someone like Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder, I would like them to be able to go out and sign some quality free agents. Rather than spend the money that Pujols or Fielder cost, I would rather see the team get two or three quality free agents that could plug some of the holes the current roster has.
You also need to have an organization that people really want to play for. I don't think many of the best players in baseball have been saying to themselves that they would really like to play for the Dodgers lately.
I think that a Dodgers organization led by someone with Magic's energy and personality would make players really want to come to play for the Dodgers. Imagine playing for a team led by Magic Johnson, and the allure of the whole Dodgers—Hollywood image. Yes, I believe a lot of MLB talent would want to come play for the Dodgers.
I know a lot of people think the Dodgers need a really good baseball person to be their owner, and Magic doesn't have that experience. However, while the Magic Johnson group may not have as much baseball experience as some of the other contenders for the ownership of the Dodgers, it is the one I want.
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