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Hershiser Teams With Dodgers "Exploratory Ownership Group"

Frank McCourt or a pair of Dodger greats?



    Hershiser Teams With Dodgers "Exploratory Ownership Group"
    Orel Hershiser

    If the Dodgers go up for sale, some familiar names are making a pitch to catch them.

    Orel Hershiser has joined Steve Garvey's exploratory ownership group.

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    Hershiser told the LA Daily News that he and Garvey have kept in touch over the years. The News reported that the two met Friday with other possible investors.

    "When (Garvey) called and said he wanted me to be part of this group, I said, 'Garv, I'd always be interested in helping and doing something like this that would be a lot of fun,'" Hershiser told the Daily News. "We're forming a group that's investigating situations as they arise. That would be very interesting for me."

    The former Dodgers pitcher, 52, works as an ESPN analyst. He won the Cy Young Award in 1988 -- the same year he was named the World Series MVP -- and spent 13 seasons in LA.

    The Dodgers face financial problems that led Major League Baseball in April to appoint a trustee to oversee the team's finances.

    "It hurts my heart," Hershiser said of the team's situation.

    Despite baseball officials who believed he didn't have enough money to cover the team's end-of-the-month payroll, the embattled Frank McCourt was able to cover Dodgers-related expenses last week, said a person familiar with the situation who requested anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly. If McCourt wasn't able to meet payroll -- a question that lingers for the remainder of the season -- Major League Baseball would have taken control and paid the team's bills.