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Sale Of The Padres Is Close; Sources Say The Franchise Is The O'Malley Family's To Lose
Published June 25, 2012
WORK TO DO: In San Diego, Nick Canepa wrote, "Whichever group purchases the club, it has laundry to clean." Many fans feel that they were "dealt a bait-and-switch by the Moores organization, claiming that by voting in a new downtown ballpark they were assured more money would be spent to keep the team competitive." The Padres' payroll "remains among the lowest in baseball and, as we can see, the team is far from competitive as we speak." New owners "must earn the fans’ trust." The TV "mess must be cleaned up," as it is "craziness that has gone on far too long." Canepa: "The veil of secrecy should be lifted. ... There needs to be transparency here. Transparency breeds trust" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 6/24). In L.A., Steve Dilbeck reported O’Malley is "actually only expected to lead the group for the first year or two, and then turn it over to his sons and nephews." Dilbeck added, "A future with Peter O’Malley as the Padres owner? What next, Hollywood moves to Chula Vista?" (LATIMES.com, 6/23).