Former owner Peter O'Malley might be a sentimental fan's favorite to re-take the Dodgers, but T.J. Simers makes a point somebody had to raise. There's no real reason to think O'Malley would be any good at running a team in these times. Better, Simers says, if the next owner just invite O'Malley to ceremonially throw out the first pitch.
The Dodgers were irrelevant under O'Malley his last nine years on the job, as horrible a thing as anyone can say about a sports team.
The Dodgers advanced to the playoffs twice in that time but failed to win a playoff game. They were mediocre at best, with no promise of better games to be played any time soon....
What happens next with the Dodgers is about finding an owner capable of moving forward with grand plans to make the Dodgers relevant again as a major-market franchise rather than trying to recapture the good old days.
Previously on LA Observed:
Our long civic nightmare may be over
Before you celebrate too much about the Dodger news...
Tide turns swiftly against the McCourts
Walter O'Malley elected to Hall of Fame
In praise of Emil Praeger