Friday, November 11, 2011

O'Malley Returns to Dodgertown

From a press release:

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Minor League Baseball™ announced today the formation of a new entity to operate Vero Beach Sports Village (VBSV), formerly known as Dodgertown. In addition to MiLB, the participants include former Dodger President Peter O'Malley, his sister, Terry Seidler, and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.

MiLB will submit the proposed transfer of its VBSV lease to officials of Indian River County, which owns the facility, for approval.

Each of the five participants would have an equal ownership share in the new entity. O'Malley would be the Chairman and CEO, MiLB President Pat O'Conner President and COO and Craig Callan will continue in his current role in the operation of VBSV. Callan has worked for 33 years at the historic facility.

The VBSV grounds are where the Dodgers held their spring training camp dating back to 1948, before relocating to Arizona in 2009. [...]

"I embrace this wonderful opportunity to use this iconic facility that my family has cherished for decades to promote baseball," said O'Malley. "Vero Beach Sports Village should always be an asset and a jewel to the citizens of Vero Beach and Indian River Countyand I look forward to adding further luster to its rich history.

"We know the Dodgers have a long-term spring training commitment with the community of Glendale, Arizona, and our endeavor in Vero Beach in no way impacts that relationship.

"I am very happy longtime friends Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo have joined me in this opportunity – it's exciting. Dodgertown will always be a treasure for the good people in Vero Beach and throughout baseball and anything I can do to help Dodgertown flourish is high on my list of things to do." [...]

Minor League Baseball began operating VBSV in 2009. Since then, the 67-acre sports complex and conference center facility has hosted several international teams, including the Chinese National and Italian National Baseball teams on two occasions. The Chinese National Boxing Team has also trained at VBSV.

The SK Wyverns, a South Korean Professional Baseball Team, are the latest international team to train at VBSV. They arrived on November 1 and will hold their winter camp at the facility through the end of the month. [...]

Over the last two years, VBSV has also hosted events such as the Minor League Baseball Youth Leadership Academy, a six-day event that combines the history, principles and structure of the game of baseball to provide an opportunity for at-risk youth to develop and master leadership and life skills; spring training for high school and college baseball teams; the University of South Florida’s football training camp; the Washington Freedom professional women’s soccer team’s training camp; and various other baseball, football, soccer and lacrosse camps.

Beginning in January 2012, VBSV will also be home to The Umpire School, a 28-day state of Florida accredited school operated by Minor League Baseball that trains umpires in the latest techniques, theories and interpretations.

If O'Malley doesn't end up taking over the Dodgers, at least he'll still be busy with Dodger-related activities. But it does beg the question: what happens to Camelback Ranch after the Dodgers are sold?

11 comments:

Greg Hao said...

Um, the Dodgers will continue to hold spring training there?

Didn't the Dodgers (or I guess more specifically, one of McCourt's various holding companies) co-develop Camelback Ranch with the White Sox and are contractually bound there for the next few years?

Don't get me wrong, I loved Dodgertown and have the great pleasure of getting out there before the Dodgers left but I think attendance records bears out the fact that the Dodgers pull more people when they hold spring training a few hundred miles instead of over 3,000 miles from their fan base.

Also, how is it that O'Malley will be "busy with Dodgers related activities"? Hell, they can't even call Vero Beach Dodgertown anymore! (Which I hope the eventual new owners will let them do because Arizona sure as hell ain't Dodgertown.)

Dusty Baker said...

Breaking: Twins signed Jamey Carroll to a 2-year deal.

So long, Wide Eyes!

Dusty Baker said...

Just saw this on the sidebar:

In Memoriam:
Pedro Guerrero (d. 2010)
Lasorda (d. 2010)
Eric Karros (d. 2011)

(cries)*

*For EK. Eat shit, Lasorda!

Mr. Customer said...

Ackbar playing for the Twins? I smell a tie-in!

(T.I.E.-in?)

Greg Hao said...

lol@mr. c.

Dusty Baker said...

With Barajas gone, who will rock little Dee Gordon to sleep before every game?

Mr. Customer said...

Scooby-doo threads fully in effect.

Dusty Baker said...

EK is both in the lineup AND is listed as deceased? Whoa! Zombie EK!

Dusty Baker said...

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OT:

Many of you may remember that back in May i raved about a wonderful one-man play called "Juan and John" that is based on the Juan Marichal/J Roseboro incident. Blessedly it returned to LA recently and so tonight, Mrs Dusty, MDIL, and I are going to see it again. It's that good. I'm wearing my "dress" Dodgers cap and of course my traditional blue and white checked shirt. In that spirit, I present the lineup for tonight:

Maury Wills SS
Jim Gilliam 3B
Willie Davis CF
Ron Fairly RF
Jim Lefebvre 2B
Lou Johnson LF
Wes Parker 1B
John Roseboro C
Sandy Koufax LHP

Dusty Baker said...

Oh, and on the Jamey Carroll tip:

So long, MSB. I, for one, will miss you. Thanks for bringing class to the clubhouse and hustle to the field. You never stopped trying and set a great example for the rest of the players. Good luck with the Twins!

Jason said...

Mmm... Twins.

You are referring to my fantasy of twin sisters each carrying twin pitchers of beer, right?