Doppel Von Guggenheim wrote:
I really can't believe that Peter O'Malley cashed out by selling the Dodgers to Rupert Murdoch, thereby sending the franchise into an ownership tailspin only to later lead a team of investors to purchase the Padres and bankroll them in an attempt to topple the Dodgers - the team his family owned for nearly 50 years. What horseshit.
The O'Malleys seemed destined to be hated by some, but will always be loved by those who really knew them. Walter was reviled in Brooklyn by people who didn't know the Robert Moses story. Peter's primary goal was to keep the team in Brooklyn but the political scene destroyed his idea to build a new stadium in Brooklyn. Similarly, Peter spent a million bucks on plans to bring an NFL team to LA, but when he was rebuffed he simply stated, "You can't beat city hall." When player salaries and expenses skyrocketed, he saw the futility of a family owned business competing with the huge corporations and consortiums. You can say he should not have sold to Murdoch, but if you are selling your house, you can't ask the new owner to love it the way you did. When Fox announced they would sell, Peter put a group together but in one of the darkest days in history, lost out to the McCourts in the bidding.
Peter does still have a Dodger connection. He bought "Historic Dodgertown" in Vero Beach from Indian River County and has converted it into a thriving sports business. He brought former Dodgers Hideo Nomo and Chan Ho Park into the ownership group. He retained long time Dodger executive Craig Callan to run the operation.
You can ask former employees of Dodgertown (and I suspect Dodger Stadium) their opinions of Walter and Peter O'Malley. Almost unanimously they will praise their leadership and personal warmth. Most will tell you of their love for the team.
The financial structure of the game has changed tremendously but if Peter had his way, he'd be part owner of the Dodgers. It just wasn't to be, but it doesn't make him a bad person to have wanted to stay connected to the game.