Hershiser-Garvey group still forming

Updated: July 9, 2011, 12:27 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM -- It's not just Dodger greats Orel Hershiser and Steve Garvey who are investigating a possible ownership bid for the Los Angeles Dodgers, if the team is ever put up for sale.

Several other legendary Dodger figures and celebrities are also part of the still-forming ownership group, though they are not ready to publicly come forward until the team is in fact for sale.

"I think the goal long term is not to stop with myself or Garvey," Hershiser told ESPNLosAngeles.com after the Angels 3-1 win over the Dodgers Sunday night in Anaheim.

"I think the goal long term is to convince the people that are alongside us that this is to build Dodger tradition and regain the trust of the fans. And of course any significant Dodger names we would love to reach out to."

Garvey described the the silent partners as "an All-Star group" who prefer to stay silent at this time because of their status and ongoing affiliation with the team.

"More will come out in time," said Hershiser, who was on hand Sunday night to participate in a charity softball game benefitting research into Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS).

"But the important thing is: They all have Southern California roots and are very strong in the business community who've been presidents and CEOs of major companies."

Last week the Dodgers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware when owner Frank McCourt could not make the teams' June 30th payroll.

On Tuesday, The Associated Press reported that Major League Baseball will "probably" file a motion to seize the Dodgers, which have been operating under the oversight of a monitor appointed by league commissioner Bud Selig in April.

Hershiser, an analyst for ESPN who broadcast Sunday night's game, compared the status of his ownership bid to "warm-ups" and noted that "we don't even know if there will be a game, or when it will start."

If there is a game, however, he said he's confident the group would have the financing to compete in a bidding process for a franchise that could fetch between $800 million and $1 billion.

"I would say that we've got a chance to be over-subscribed," Hershiser said, when asked about the financial weight behind his and Garvey's venture.

"It would be unbelievable to have enough people involved with the idea and the concept, that people would come alongside and there would be more money than you would need. I don't see that as being an unrealistic goal."

Ramona Shelburne is a columnist and writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

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