Boy, this is getting fun. The former Dodgers manager, who held an executive position with Major League Baseball for the past year or so, did not indicate what his role would be in the Dodger organization if the L.A. developer winds up outbidding the others. From Torre's statement:
"I have great confidence in Rick Caruso's unique qualifications and his ability to lead a successful bid for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In Rick I found a partner who understands consumers and fully appreciates that the Dodgers are a treasured L.A. institution. Since moving to Los Angeles, I have seen firsthand Rick's dedication to business and people in Los Angeles. I am very excited about this new opportunity."
Rick Caruso said, "The Dodgers are an iconic Los Angeles franchise, and I am thrilled to partner with Joe Torre, one of baseball's all-time greats, to launch a bid for this storied organization. Joe has a proven track record of fielding winning teams and I am looking forward to our group benefiting from his unique experience. I am a lifelong Angeleno; I love this city and have dedicated my career to creating world-class destinations that support this community and foster great customer experiences. Joe and I believe in the Dodgers and Dodger fans and know that together we will foster a winning culture and deliver a premier, fan-focused baseball experience at Dodger Stadium."
Torre's decision to join Caruso will provide a bit more luster to a bid that has been overshadowed recently by competing efforts from Magic Johnson (and partners) and hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen. Keep in mind that current owner Frank McCourt is mostly interested in who offers the best price.