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John Moores' Sale Of Padres To Jeff Moorad "100% Done," Pending MLB Owners' Approval
Published January 10, 2012
OWNERSHIP IN REVIEW: In San Diego, Nick Canepa writes Moores "scoffs at the thought" that he is "one of two men who saved baseball in San Diego." Canepa: "And for that reason alone, he was a good owner." When Moores "came out of nowhere" to purchase the Padres in '94, the "fire sale had just been completed." The team "was at the lowest of the low, playing baseball in a football stadium." Moores "insists his exit will not be bittersweet." Canepa notes Moores "says 'nolo commento' when asked why he sold the club, but there can be little doubt that his divorce from wife Becky had a whole lot to do with it." Moores said, "To be fair, I don’t know if I’d do it again. It’s like buying an E-ticket at Disneyland and a little ways into the ride saying, ‘Oh, oh, this was a mistake'" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/10). Moores also said that he "would continue to explore ownership opportunities in baseball and other sports." In '11, he "dropped out of contention to purchase" the Hawks. Moores said, "For me to get back in, it would have to be the right venue" (MLB.com, 1/9).