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Soboroff Resigns From Dodgers

Jun 26, 2011 12:31 AM EST

Steve Soboroff, who was hired by Dodgers owner Frank McCourt as vice chairman one day before Major League Baseball took over the team and eventually sent in former Rangers president Tom Schieffer to oversee the club's finances, resigned on Saturday.

Soboroff cited Major League Baseball oversight as the reason.

In his resignation letter to McCourt, Soboroff wrote that "an unanticipated action by the commissioner of Major League Baseball resulted (understandably) in elevating the resolution of 'control and ownership' issues to top priority, as it remains to this day. As a consequence, it is not possible for me to effectively work on the very initiatives and contributions that you had hired me to implement."

Soboroff was hired in mid-April primarily to, in the words of a news release issued at the time, "(lead) efforts to improve the fan experience at the stadium."

The hiring came in the wake of heavy public criticism of the Dodgers following the Bryan Stow beating on Opening Day and amid general concerns that Dodger Stadium was attracting an element that made many fans feel it was no longer a safe place.

Via Tony Jackson/ESPN.com