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Steve Garvey Fired by Dodgers After Offers to Buy MLB Team

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July 9 (Bloomberg) -- Steve Garvey, the former first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was fired by the team amid his attempts to seek support to buy out owner Frank McCourt.

Garvey, 62, worked for the Dodger’s community relations department. He said he abided by the rules set forth by the club in regards to his offer to buy the Major League Baseball team.

“I was always clear with management as to the exploratory ownership group I’ve put together,” Garvey said in an e-mail. “In fact, I twice offered a significant cash infusion to help the team.”

Garvey was putting together an investment group, including former Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser.

“I met with team officials on multiple occasions, and was given parameters of what was appropriate for me to say regarding my investment group,” Garvey said. “I feel I stayed within those parameters.”

Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch declined to comment on Garvey’s dismissal, saying in an e-mail, “Unfortunately, we cannot comment on personnel matters.”

Garvey, whose affiliation with the Dodgers goes back 55 years when he was a batboy at the age of seven, said “nothing can change my allegiance to this franchise.”

“If management doesn’t want me to be an employee, I can respect that,” Garvey said. “But no one can take away the fact that I am and always will be a Dodger.”

Garvey batted .301 with 211 home runs and 992 runs batted in for the Dodgers from 1969-1982, He played on four World Series teams.

The Dodgers filed for bankruptcy June 27. Concerned about the team’s financial stability, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig had assigned Thomas Schieffer, former president of the Texas Rangers, to oversee the day-to-day operations of the team.

McCourt, who was embroiled in a divorce court battle, has said he wasn’t interested in selling the team.

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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