SBD/Issue 191/Franchises

Padres Owner's Divorce Creates Uncertainty For Team's Future

Padres Owner's Divorce Creating
Uncertainty For Team's Future
Padres Owner John Moores "appears to be in liquidation mode, selling off pieces of his vast empire in order to satisfy the community property requirements of ending a marriage in California," but what that might mean for the Padres is "still hard to forecast," according to Tim Sullivan of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. Padres CEO Sandy Alderson "continues to run the club with near-absolute autonomy." However, long-term control is "less clear." Though Becky Moores "remains a regular at Petco Park ... her estranged husband has become an absentee owner this season." Padres P Jake Peavy: "I think I've seen him once (since spring training). He brought some kids through the clubhouse before a game and I signed some autographs for them." Associates said that Moores "now spends most of his time in Texas." Though several MLB sources indicated that Moores is "now inclined to retain controlling interest in the ballclub, his position on that point is said to have fluctuated in recent months." California state law "means the matter is not entirely within his control." Should Becky Moores "choose to press these points -- and insiders report she has keen interest in gaining control of the club -- the Padres may be headed toward an impasse and/or a sale." Unlike Red Sox Owner John Henry, who filed for divorce in May '07, Moores "did not take the precaution of a prenuptial agreement" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 6/23).

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