A third generation of baseball’s O’Malley family took over the San Diego Padres, promising to run the club in the same first-class manner that Walter and Peter O’Malley once ran the Dodgers.
A news conference was held Wednesday in San Diego to announce the closing of the $800 million deal and introduce the ownership group, which includes Peter O’Malley’s sons, Kevin and Brian, and nephews Peter and Tom Seidler. It includes San Diego businessman Ron Fowler, the executive chairman who has been designated as the team’s control person.
Phil Mickelson has said he’ll be involved in the group. Peter Seidler said that due to conflicting schedules and the closing of the deal, he hasn’t had a chance to sit down with the golfer to finalize his involvement, but hopes to do so in the next few weeks.
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has no issue with the way Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison bowled him over during a violent home plate collision on Tuesday night that left the four-time All Star with neck, back and shoulder soreness as well as one big headache.
Molina said Wednesday he thought the play was “clean” and insisted he’ll be fine, though the Cardinals held him out of the lineup Wednesday as a precaution.
The Twins placed All-Star catcher Joe Mauer on revocable trade waivers, according to a report by Fox Sports. Also, Minnesota left-hander Scott Diamond has dropped his appeal of a six-game suspension for throwing behind Rangers star Josh Hamilton. The Twins also recalled first baseman Chris Parmelee from its Rochester farm team, sending right-hander Jeff Gray to the Triple-A team. … The Orioles are close to signing free agent left-hander Randy Wolf. There’s a chance he could be activated before the game today against the White Sox. … The Dodgers’ Matt Kemp is listed as day to day with a bone bruise around his left knee and intense body soreness after crashing into the center field wall on Tuesday. … Shelley Duncan has been designated for assignment by the Indians, who also claimed left-hander Scott Maine on waivers from the Cubs. … Phillies right-hander Vance Worley was placed on the disabled list and will have elbow surgery next month. … Commissioner Bud Selig announced the 2014 All-Star Game will be played in Minnesota.