Former Rangers president to oversee Dodgers

Former Rangers president to oversee Dodgers
April 25, 2011, 7:16 pm
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April 25, 2011MLB PAGE MLB SCOREBOARD staff

Former Texas Rangers president J. Thomas Schieffer was appointed the Monitor of the Los Angeles Dodgers franchise by Commissioner Bud Selig on Monday.

"We are very fortunate to have someone of Tom Schieffers stature monitor the operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers on behalf of Major League Baseball," Selig said in a statement. "Tom is a distinguished public servant who has represented the nation with excellence and has demonstrated extraordinary leadership throughout his career. The many years that he spent managing the operations of a successful franchise will benefit the Dodgers and Major League Baseball as a whole. I am grateful for Toms acceptance of this role.

The Dodgers were taken over by Major League Baseball last week, days after it was reported in the Los Angeles Times that the team was forced to take a 30 million loan to meet payroll.

Current owner Frank McCourt has owned the team since 2004.

Selig said in a statement last week that MLB was taking control because of his "my deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers and to protect the best interests of the club, its great fans and all of Major League Baseball."