New Dodgers exec says Selig’s move ‘irresponsible’
A newly hired Los Angeles Dodgers executive criticized Bud Selig
on Thursday, calling the baseball commissioner’s move to take
control of the team ”irresponsible.”
Vice chairman Steve Soboroff held a news conference during a 5-3
win over Atlanta in 12 innings at Dodger Stadium to assail Selig’s
Major League Baseball took over day-to-day operations of the
Dodgers on Wednesday because owner Frank McCourt’s troubled
finances and unresolved divorce settlement have seemingly paralyzed
”All this momentum is building and then all of sudden this
letter comes in and says, ‘You don’t have any money. You don’t have
this or that.’ I think it was irresponsible,” Soboroff said.
”To me, if you’re going to send somebody out here to take
something over, you don’t write a letter that says, ‘Gee whiz,
here’s all these problems with you and here’s everything else, but
don’t worry, later on in the week we’re going to send somebody else
out.’ You do it the same day. … What are you supposed to do for
four days?” he said.
Selig is expected to soon appoint a new head of the Dodgers.
Soboroff was hired this week to improve the fan experience at
Dodger Stadium and help with ties to the community.
Soboroff is currently board chairman of both the Weingart
Foundation and the EXPO Center in Exposition Park. He is a former
president of the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Commission, was
senior adviser to former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and made
a mayoral run in 2001.
The Dodgers, Soboroff said, are in good shape from a financial
”Frank has money in the bank. He has a $3 billion deal with
Fox,” Soboroff said. ”Can’t we talk to the commissioner? Can’t we
talk to the people that are going to vote on this?”
Selig’s move came after The Los Angeles Times reported this week
that McCourt had arranged a $30 million loan from Fox, the team’s
television partner. Selig has not approved a $200 million loan from
Fox to the club, which was first proposed by the Dodgers last
summer, and the Times said the money was needed to make
The messy divorce between McCourt and wife Jamie, the team’s
former chief executive officer, has been a cloud hanging over the
Soboroff said he joined the Dodgers to help the city.
”I’m doing this because I think it’s the best thing for me to
do for LA,” Soboroff said. ”I think Frank McCourt is a different
person now moving forward than he was before, or I wouldn’t risk
having people of your quality looking at a guy like me, who has
spent my life helping Big Brothers and all these things, saying,
‘What are you doing? Have you lost your mind?’
”I don’t drink. I don’t use drugs. I don’t use steroids. I have
one wife. I have five kids. I’m bald, I got stitches in my nose.
I’m not doing this for any reason than to help LA,” he said. ”And
I’d love to show the commissioner what’s going on here.”