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Padres' John Moores Says Team's Ownership Situation Is The "Worst-Case Scenario"
Published March 26, 2012
sale would be completed before '12 season
JUST KEEP WALKING: Meanwhile, Canepa wrote Moorad should "step all the way down, to street level, and walk away." Canepa: "Nothing against Moorad. He tried. He might have been a great owner. ... He didn’t get much of a chance to prove anything. But we’ve had enough of what’s fast becoming Moorad’s Folly. Time for him to get out for the good of the franchise and its fans." Apparently during his player agent days, Moorad "rubbed a few powerful bosses the wrong way." He is "poison in their cocktail." His stepping down and elevating Tom Garfinkel to CEO "isn’t going to be enough to cure the problem." Moores said, “My sense is all the air is out of that balloon. I can’t imagine anyone thinking Jeff can come up for approval. All the hollering and screaming I did couldn’t get it done. But who knows?" Moores was a "good owner," and he "saved baseball in this town." But now Moores has to "find somebody to take over this franchise and hopefully be an owner for the people" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 3/23). In California, Jay Paris wrote the Moorad era "won't be recalled for much more than him either auctioning off popular players or simply shoving them away." The result often "left the Padres fielding teams that weren't major league caliber." Paris: "Wouldn't it be grand if the Padres got a big-time owner interested more in winning than squeezing every nickel out of this franchise?" (NORTH COUNTY TIMES, 3/25).