Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 11/10/11
Peter OMalley is already back with the Dodgers. Sort of. At least in one curious way. Minor League Baseball announced Thursday it was going into a new partnership with OMalley, his sister Terry Seidler and former Dodgers pitchers Hideo Nomo and Chan Ho Park to operate the old Dodgertown complex in Vero Beach, Fla. Renamed the Vero Beach Sport Village after Frank and Jamie McCourt moved the teams spring training camp to Arizona in 2009 and refused to allow it to still be called Dodgertown, the complex has struggled financially under MiLB. OMalley and Seidler, of course, are the former longtime owners of the Dodgers who sold the team to Fox, who in turn sold it to the McCourts. Now that Frank McCourt has agreed in bankruptcy court to sell the storied franchise, OMalley has unexpectedly announced he wants to buy the team back. Guess hes pretty serious. Hes now reunited with the Dodgers in one way. Even if officially disconnected from the organization by McCourt, the team spent 60 years at Dodgertown and it is where OMalley once served as director for four seasons before becoming the team president in 1970. OMalley will serve as chairman and chief executive officer of the facility that is now leased from Indian River County. MiLB President Pat OConnor will act as chief operating officer and Craig Callan will continue as the camp director. Callan has worked at the facility for 33 years. Dodgertown was always a unique spring-training facility, housing several players and the minor leaguers and having its own dining hall. Its park-like setting enabled fans to meander throughout the complex where players were readily available for autographs. The OMalleys always encouraged a family-style atmosphere with traditional barbeques and parties that included players and their families. Some of OMalleys fondest team memories harken back to Dodgertown, and now hes returned, though in a statement he was careful to say the new partnership would have no effect on the Dodgers current situation in Arizona. I embrace this wonderful opportunity to use this iconic facility that my family has cherished for decades to promote baseball, OMalley said. Vero Beach Sports Village should always be an asset and a jewel to the citizens of Vero Beach and Indian River County and I look forward to adding further luster to its rich history. We know the Dodgers have a long-term spring training commitment with the community of Glendale, Ariz., and our endeavor in Vero Beach in no way impacts that relationship. The addition of Japans Nomo and South Koreas Park are further evidence of OMalleys continued interest in international baseball. Both will help bring youth and developmental teams from their home countries to work at the 67-acre complex. Steve Dilbeck
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