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Lakers Investor Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong Joins Cohen-Led Dodgers Bid Group
Published March 19, 2012
BIRD'S THE WORD: FOX SPORTS' Ken Rosenthal wrote there is "just one problem" with former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa becoming a "key decision-maker for the Los Angeles Dodgers if Steve Cohen succeeds in buying the club." Baseball execs said that La Russa is "such a strong personality, his presence might diminish the Dodgers’ chances of hiring one of the top current general managers." Though the "exact role they discussed is unclear, it’s doubtful La Russa would serve as a mere figurehead." The next owner of the club "could retain GM Ned Colletti and give him the chance to operate with a payroll greater than $90 million, the Dodgers’ figure this season." But if the owner "wants his own man, an incoming GM might balk at working for La Russa, who has zero front-office experience" (FOXSPORTS.com, 3/17).