MLB approves Dodgers’ three bidders; auction set for next week

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MLB owners unananimously approved the three remaining bidders for the Dodgers on Tuesday, clearing the way for a private auction to take place next Wednesday.

Expectations are that Frank McCourt and his advisers will negotiate with the three bidders in the days leading up to the auction.

The three bidders left are Steve Cohen (whose group includes agent Arn Tellem), Stan Kroenke (who owns the St. Louis Rams and is a majority shareholder in Arsenal) and Mark Walter (whose group includes Magic Johnson and former Braves president Stan Kasten).

Each of the current bids is in the $1.4 billion to $1.6 billion range, but those amounts include the parking lots surrounding Dodger Stadium, which McCourt has said are not for sale.

Bruce Bochy announces he’s going to retire at the end of the season

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Bruce Bochy just told reporters at spring training in Scottsdale that he plans to retire following the 2019 season.

Bochy’s Giants are certainly in a transitional period right now. They aren’t calling it a rebuild in San Francisco, but it’s hard to see how what they’ve done this offseason and what sort of talent they have in house right now amounts to a contender. If there will be a more thorough restructuring or reshuffling or — gasp! — even a rebuilding, it’ll likely be a lengthy one. Bochy will turn 65 during the 2020 season and, after 25 years on the bench, he may simply not have the desire to put in the kind of time such a rebuild will take.

But what a 25 years it’s been.  He managed the Padres from 1995 through 2006 and took the Giants over in 2007. He led San Diego t the 1998 NL Pennant and has, obviously, led the Giants to three World Series titles, in 2010, 2012 and 2014. For his career he has a record of 1926-1944.

Given those three rings, however, he will likely be inducted into the Hall of Fame at his first opportunity.