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The Dodgers' new owners aren't apologizing for the record 2 billion they spent to acquire the franchise.
New Dodgers CEO Mark Walter, heading up Guggenheim Baseball Partners, said the market helped set the price, and that it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.
"I viewed it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own the most fantastic franchise in all of sports," Water said during a Dodger Stadium press conference introducing the new management.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was on hand as well, offering a simple plan for the new stewards of the Dodgers.
"I have just one piece of advice. Win. A lot," Villaraigosa said before the Dodgers lost 8-5 at Colorado.
Walter's group got off to a fan-friendly start by announcing that regular parking at Dodger Stadium would be reduced immediately from 15 to 10.
Much of the questioning during the press conference revolved around former owner Frank McCourt and his continuing role and involvement in the land surrounding the stadium. However, the new owners were clear that they were in control.
"Every aspect of the operation at Chavez Ravine that relates to baseball, parking and everything, is controlled and managed by us, and all of those revenues go to this organization," Walter said. "The former ownership does have an economic interest in a certain amount of the profits that might come from potential development in the future."
The ownership group said it has no plans to develop the land surrounding the stadium, but also said it didn't know what the future will hold.
"We own it 100 percent. He doesn't get a dime from the parking," partner Magic Johnson said of McCourt. "If he's a part of future development, so what? What's important is that there's new owners sitting here. There's new direction, there's a new era, and we're moving this franchise forward."
Broadcaster Vin Scully, who has been calling Dodgers games since 1950, has been around for numerous ownership changes, but as the master of ceremonies of the introductory press conference, the 84-year-old Hall of Famer offered this friendly warning to the new owners.
"I am telling each and every one of you right now. This is the last new ownership press conference I will ever attend," Scully said.
Kershaw gives up career-worst three homers
--LHP Clayton Kershaw allowed three home runs Wednesday in Colorado, the first time in his career he has allowed three homers in a game. Rockies LF Carlos Gonzalez became the second player to have a two-homer game against Kershaw, joining Adam Dunn, who did it Aug. 6, 2010. Kershaw allowed five runs in 7 13 innings, but he emerged with a no-decision in the Dodgers' 8-5 loss to the Rockies.
--CF Matt Kemp had no intentional walks in the first 24 games of the season but was intentionally walked twice against Colorado on Wednesday. He wound up 1-for-2 with three walks, and he scored two runs.
--INFOF Jerry Hairston Jr. hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the top of the eighth inning Wednesday in Colorado for his first two RBI of the season. Hairston, who played third base, went 1-for-5, lowering his average to .289.
--OF1B Juan Rivera started at first base Wednesday in Colorado, his first game played in the field after being relegated to pinch-hitting duty for six games with a strained left hamstring. He went 1-for-4, leaving his average at .250.
--RHP Ronald Belisario allowed two unearned runs in two-thirds of an inning Tuesday night in a rehab appearance for Class AAA Albuquerque. The Venezuelan reliever, who missed all of 2011 with visa problems, is serving a 25-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy. He could be activated as soon as Friday, but it's not certain the Dodgers will call him up immediately.
BY THE NUMBERS: 3 -- Home runs allowed by LHP Clayton Kershaw in Colorado on Wednesday, the first time in his career he has allowed that many homers in a game.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I am telling each and every one of you right now. This is the last new ownership press conference I will ever attend." -- Legendary announcer Vin Scully, to the new Dodgers owners in their introductory press conference.
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So if you have been following the Dodgers at all this year, you’d know that Jerry Hairston Jr. is slowly becoming something of a folk hero, sort of like A.J. Ellis but not quite that awesome. Unlike Ellis, Hairston’s heroics have primarily been defensive, as he has starred again and again and again on the
Bobby Abreu about to be a Dodger?
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What's so bad about that?
It's Bobby Abreu.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted the Dodgers are in "serious talks" to sign Abreu after he was released by the Anaheim Angels last week.
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May 4th, 2012:
L.A Dodgers, Jerry Hairston Jr., hit his 1st HR of 2012 today. Hairston has now hit at least one HR with 7 different teams the last 6 seasons (LAD, MIL, WSH, SD, CIN, NYY, TEX).
Stat Source: @ESPNstatsInfo
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