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O'Malleys to use family model with Padres

SAN DIEGO — The third generation of the O'Malley family took over the sad-sack Padres on Wednesday, promising to run the club in the same first-class manner that Walter and Peter O'Malley once ran the Dodgers.

The new ownership group includes Peter O'Malley's sons, Kevin and Brian, and nephews Peter and Tom Seidler. It also includes San Diego businessman Ron Fowler, the executive chairman who has been designated the team's control person.

"This is a special moment for us," Kevin O'Malley said at a news conference to announce the closing of the $800 million deal and introduce the new ownership group. "Our grandfather, Walter O'Malley, our father, Peter O'Malley, for close to 50 years ran a first-class baseball organization. We feel a great responsibility being here today to carry on that legacy. We have high expectations for a first-class product on and off the field and we look forward to working with the team here to make it happen."

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. Seidler said there's one spot left in the ownership group and it's being held for Mickelson.

The O'Malley-Seidler-Fowler group takes over a Padres team that has largely struggled since being swept by the Yankees in the 1998 World Series. John Moores, who had owned the team since December 1994, had to put it up for sale due to a difficult divorce.

ALL-STAR GAME: The Twins and Target Field will host the 2014 All-Star Game, commissioner Bud Selig announced. The Twins also hosted the game in 1965 at Metropolitan Stadium and 1985 at the Metrodome.

In other Twins news, LHP Scott Diamond dropped his appeal of a six-game suspension for throwing behind Rangers OF Josh Hamilton.

NO MORE CODDLING: Ozzie Guillen, manager of the last-place Marlins, said he'll make at least one change in his approach next year: He'll be less patient with injured players.

"Same philosophy, less bull," Guillen said. "That's going to work better."

Guillen said he has been unhappy with players going through lengthy rehabs. He said they sometimes have waited weeks before accepting the organization's advice to have surgery and pledged that the practice will no longer be tolerated.

CARDINALS: C Yadier Molina was out of the lineup a day after injuring his back, neck and shoulder in a violent collision with Pirates 2B Josh Harrison.

DODGERS: CF Matt Kemp was out of the lineup a day after he collided with the centerfield wall, but tests showed no structural damage to his left knee and jaw.

INDIANS: OF Shelley Duncan was designated for assignment, and LHP Scott Maine was claimed on waivers from the Cubs.

PHILLIES: Chase Utley, a five-time All-Star second baseman, took grounders at third base. It's uncertain whether he'll play there in an actual game. … RHP Vance Worley went on the disabled list and will have elbow surgery next month to remove bone chips. … LHP Cole Hamels was scratched from his scheduled start because of a gastrointestinal illness.

O'Malleys to use family model with Padres 08/29/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 8:59pm]
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