Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Steve Garvey: 'Most money' will win bid
Former Los Angeles Dodgers great Steve Garvey was fired from the Dodgers marketing and community relations department last summer for speaking publicly about his desire to buy the team if owner Frank McCourt were to sell the team.
He said Wednesday that he hoped any hard feelings McCourt may have toward him would not affect the ownership group he's formed with former Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser.
"I think as far as Mr. McCourt is concerned, and of course I can't speak for him, I think the most money possible is going to be the key," Garvey told radio hosts Steve Mason and Mark Willard on 710 ESPNLA.
"I actually do think McCourt wants it to go into the hands of people the fans feel good about," he said. "I don't think it's going to be personal at that level.
"I do believe that the face of the franchise has always been the fans. Wherever Orel and I travel, fans come up to us and say that they feel the franchise will be in the safest hands with Orel and I."
Hershiser added that he and Garvey's group is fully financed to make what they believe will be a competitive, winning bid when the process begins on Jan. 23.
"We are fully financed, it's just a matter of which percentages go to which people," Hershiser said. "It's very easy for us to field the team [of investors]. What's really hard is for us to weed through all that and pick the cream of the crop."
Garvey did allow that a decision might have to be made by Major League Baseball or McCourt if two rival groups end up with similar final bids.
"If two groups are there at the end, Major League Baseball is going to also help determine the group that they feel who the best group is to buy the Dodgers and take them into the 21st Century," Garvey said.
"Primarily it's going to be about the money. It's going to be about who pretty much has the most money and is going to be accepted by Mr. McCourt and MLB."
ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne contributed to this report.