Dennis Mannion leaves Dodgers

Updated: October 8, 2010, 6:10 PM ET
By Jon Weisman | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The Los Angeles Dodgers and team president Dennis Mannion have parted ways, with the team saying that owner Frank McCourt will assume Mannion's responsibilities.

The Dodgers offered no specific reason for the change, other than to say in a statement that McCourt will "resume a more direct and active role in managing the Dodgers organization. However, at present the title of team president remains vacant.

"Dennis stepped into the role of president and provided leadership during a challenging period, and I am very grateful to him for the job that he has done and for the many contributions that he has made to the organization," McCourt said in the statement.

The move was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Mannion joined the Dodgers as executive vice president and chief operating officer in November 2007, before being promoted to president in March 2009, when Jamie McCourt, Frank McCourt's wife, was elevated to the title of chief executive officer.

The McCourts currently are in a contentious divorce trial that includes a dispute over team ownership.

Mannion's duties have included supervising marketing and revenue generation, which yielded such endeavors as the special Mannywood and Bleacher Beach sections in the Dodger Stadium stands.

He has past experience in all four major U.S. sports leagues.

"I greatly appreciate the opportunity that Frank gave me to serve as president for what is one of the premier organizations in all of sports," Mannion said. "It has been a tremendous experience, and one that I will cherish as I continue my career in professional sports."

General manager Ned Colletti, who reported to Mannion during the past season, will report directly to McCourt, as will chief operating officer Geoff Wharton.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Jon Weisman

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Jon Weisman is the author of Dodger Thoughts and a TV editor and writer for Variety.

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