Disney family expected to bid for ownership of Dodgers

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The Disneys want back in to Major League Baseball.

According to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, the family of the late Roy Disney, a nephew of Walt Disney, has formed a partnership with investment banker Stanley Gold in an effort to purchase the Dodgers from outgoing owner Frank McCourt.

They’ll be one of many high-profile groups in the running for the club, which could fetch a purchasing price of well over $1 billion. Other expected bidders include Magic Johnson, Joe Torre, Mark Cuban, Peter O’Malley and Steven Cohen.

The Walt Disney Co. owned the Angels in 2002 when that team beat the Giants in the World Series.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.