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Joe Torre Quits Job With MLB to Pursue Dodgers Ownership

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 23:  MLB vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre addresses the media to discuss a missed call in Game Three by first base umpire Ron Kulpa prior to Game Four of the MLB World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 23, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Joe Torre had been Major League Baseball's executive vice-president for baseball operations since February 2011 — he'd been in charge of things like on-field discipline and umpiring — but today he announced that he's quitting that job to join a group that's trying to purchase the Los Angeles Dodgers. (The group is led by real-estate developer Rick Caruso, the president of Caruso Affiliated, which developed the Grove retail and entertainment complex in Los Angeles.) There are, of course, plenty of other potential bidders for the team, and several of them have recognizable names: Magic Johnson is involved with one interested group, Orel Hershiser and Steve Garvey are part of another, and former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley has said he'd bid on the team, as well. Speaking of bidding: The team will be sold in a bankruptcy auction, with initial bids due January 23. [Bats/NYT, ESPN Los Angeles, AP via WP]

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