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Steve Garvey, Ron Burkle Want to Buy Dodgers, L.A. Times Says

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April 24 (Bloomberg) -- Former Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey said he and billionaire Ron Burkle want to buy the Los Angeles team, which was taken over last week by Major League Baseball, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“We want to bring the Dodgers back to their glory,” Garvey, 62, told the newspaper. “There was a Dodger way, but that way has drifted by the wayside.”

Burkle, 58, chairman of Los Angeles-based Yucaipa Cos., joined Mario Lemieux in buying the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins in 1999, the Times said. Burkle also has shown an interest in buying the National Basketball Association’s Sacramento Kings to keep the team from moving.

Billionaire developer Alan Casden, who tried to buy Dodgers when the team was last for sale, and financier Alec Gores, whose brother bought the NBA’s Detroit Pistons earlier this month, also are said to be putting together bids for the team after MLB took control out of concern for its rising debt, the Times reported.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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