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John Moores Will Retain 51% Ownership Interest In Padres For The Forseeable Future
Published April 10, 2012
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LOCAL TIES: In L.A., Bill Shaikin wrote that it is "doubtful that any of the losing Dodgers bidders would jump into the Padres sweepstakes." Shaikin cited sources as saying that Moores has "retained Steve Greenberg of Allen and Co. to broker the sale" of the team. MLB officials have "encouraged L.A.-based baseball executive Dennis Gilbert to pursue the Padres, but he figures to let the Dodgers ownership transition play out first." Baseball HOFer and San Diego State Univ. baseball coach Tony Gwynn said that he "has not heard from any prospective Padres owners, but he would listen to what they had to say." Gwynn said, "I'd have to do my homework on it. I've heard that Magic [Johnson] was interviewing the groups, to see which one he wanted to align himself with." Shaikin wrote Padres fans "would feel better with Gwynn fronting an ownership group, secure in the belief that he would not align himself with buyers he did not trust to put a winner on the field" (L.A. TIMES, 4/8).