Selling Angels: Billy Bean, Theo Epstein could join the property group

The AngelsThe sale is not expected to heat up until after the season is over. As it is, you will hear the names of a variety of rich people – some familiar, some not. I had no idea who Mark Walter was before he and co bought it Dodgers ten years ago; Now, he is considered one of the best sports owners.

The main reason for this is that he and his associates sought Andrew Friedman To manage the team even Friedman said yes. Money is great, a lot of money is better, spending a lot of money wisely is better.

In a sport where CEOs lavish success cycles and windows to win, the combination of Walter’s spending and Friedman’s intelligence has blessed the Dodgers family and their fans with a decade of continued excellence.

Angels are expected to sell At least 2.5 billion dollarsMore than any owner paid to buy a baseball team. At this price, you should include a proven winner within your property pool.

Which is why the names to watch for the Angel Sweepstakes may not be the often anonymous people with deep pockets. Might be the most intriguing names to watch Billy Ben And the Theo Epstein.

25 years after collecting low-cost winners in Auckland, Ben is said to have been disappointed by wrecking ball Which athletics owner John Fisher took to the team’s payroll this year, with the long-promised new stadium years away from the closest possible reality.

The highest paid player on their current roster: Defender Chad Bender, with $2.725 million. Team A has the worst record in the MLS, losing 100 games for the first time since 1979.

The 60-year-old was best known for “Moneyball” – the book, movie, and popular shorthand of the Analytic Revolution – and often Some despise him Men of Survival in Baseball Because of all the attention given to a man whose teams never progressed to the World Championships.

However, in his 25 seasons in Oakland, the A-team playoffs 11 times, and the Angels seven.

He turned down opportunities to manage the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets, preferring to raise his family in the Bay Area. But he grew up in San Diego, the kids are in high school now, and over the years he’s been flirting with an idea Take on a team in Southern California.

In 2002, when Beane dismissed the Red Sox, the team appointed Epstein as general manager. The Red Sox won the world championship in 2004, for the first time since 1918, and then again in 2007.

In 2011, Epstein jumped into the Chicago Cubs. In 2016, Cubs won the world championship, for the first time since 1908.

Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, speaks in one of the available media during the annual general managers meetings of Major League Baseball in Scottsdale, Arizona, on November 13, 2019.

(Matt York/The Associated Press)

If Epstein can end the Bambino curse and Billy’s goat curse, he can definitely deal with The curse of Harry Seydoux.

In 18 years, his team made the playoffs 11 times. When I get away from the cubs, he said this: “Being part of a royal group is something I’ve always liked, but it may seem so far-fetched that I haven’t been realistic about it yet.”

Any Royal Angels group would be lucky to include Beane or Epstein, as the public face of the group. This will be more true of the various Japanese investors – almost all of whom are unknown to the masses here – exploring whether to bid on angels.

Angel games are broadcast regularly in Japan, thanks to Shuhei Ohtani, so the brand awareness is huge there, huge enough that the Angels might rate well there even if Ohtani leaves after next season. But you never know: A combination of Japanese investors and Beane or Epstein who runs the team might help convince him to stay in Anaheim.

Beane or Epstein will help a group of investors get approval from Major League Baseball owners, who can easily rest assured that someone who has proven that they can win without spending like crazy will run a team in the league’s second largest market.

It may be difficult for the owners to reject Epstein in particular, as he has worked tirelessly as a consultant in the league’s office, to assess The reforms aim to make baseball more attractive and fast for paying customers. Among the fixes expected to be announced on Friday, for the 2023 season: the stadium clock, and restrictions on defensive shifts.

For an ownership group, the financial part of the approval process is the critical part: does this group have the money to purchase and manage the team competitively?

To the fans, the most valuable player in the property deck may be the one who signs the hitters and bowlers, not the one who signs the checks.

Runner-up at the Dodgers Auction Stephen Cohen, current New York Mets owner Targeted by Tony La Russa To manage the team. That would have been a disaster, based on La Rosa’s later tenure in the same position with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Instead, the Dodgers acquired Walter, then acquired Friedman. New Angels owners, whoever they are, would do well to get a Penn or Epstein.