The San Francisco Giants have got to be very concerned with the recent sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2.15 billion. The Guggenheim Baseball Management Group, which includes managing partner Mark Walter, Magic Johnson and Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber, have crashed the party in a big way.
The Dodgers have suddenly jumped back into the spotlight and this ownership team means business. Gone are the tabloid stories of Frank McCourt, his ex-wife Jamie and their bitter squabbles. The Dodgers were an organization in complete disarray, because of the laughing stock that was the McCourt soap opera.
Walter will be the main money man and the Dodgers are expected to bring in well-respected baseball man Stan Kasten to run the team as the CEO.
If current GM Ned Colletti retains his job, he will suddenly have all the resource available to him that he needs to build a winner. That was not the case with the McCourts and when the Dodgers were teetering on the brink of insolvency.
Magic Johnson will be front and center with the media and his role will be on the marketing side, creating media excitement and fan enthusiasm. His mere presence brings a new level of enthusiasm to the Dodgers, not seen since the days of Steve Garvey, Fernando Valenzuela and Ron Cey.
The San Francisco Giants and their executive management have not made any public comments to indicate they're worried about the Dodgers. Privately, however, my guess is that they are extremely concerned. Let's take a look at how the Dodgers' sale impacts the Giants.