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McCourt e-mails farewell to Dodgers employees

McCourt e-mails farewell to Dodgers employees

McCourt e-mails farewell to Dodgers employees
DENVER -- Frank McCourt said goodbye to Dodgers employees in this company-wide e-mail Tuesday morning after the $2 billion sale of the club to Guggenheim Baseball Management closed:

"To my colleagues at the Los Angeles Dodgers, 

"I am pleased to inform you that the Los Angeles Dodgers have emerged successfully from Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. The sale to Guggenheim Baseball Partners has been completed, and the Dodgers move forward as a well capitalized organization, strong both on and off the field. 

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"This is how it should be for the Dodgers -- one of the truly storied and best-known franchises in not just baseball, but all of sports.

"I am grateful to have been part of the Dodger organization and to have had the pleasure of working with you. Despite the difficult environment of the last few years, we together can be proud of what we have achieved.  We enjoyed tremendous success on the field.  In 2004, we won our first playoff game since 1988.  We went to the playoffs four times over the next six years, including back-to-back National League Championship Series -- a first for the Los Angeles Dodgers in over 30 years.  And we are off to one of the best starts in baseball in 2012.

"Off the field, we returned the organization to profitability. We grew the value of the franchise well beyond what anyone thought was possible. We made it a Dodger ongoing practice to give back to the Los Angeles community. Your hard work has been essential to all of this.

"I am confident that the new ownership, which will be introduced to you this morning at 10:30 a.m. in the Stadium Club, will carry forward the Dodger tradition, the Dodger commitment to community and the effort to make the team once again World Champions of baseball. I thank you all for working with me and for your dedication to and support of the Dodgers.

"With respect and affection,

"Frank"

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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