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Fans Campaign for Porter
2004-10-07 09:26
by Jon Weisman

The September 30 report in the Press-Telegram that the Dodgers have already decided not to offer broadcaster Ross Porter a contract for 2005 has been deemed "inaccurate" by Dodger executive vice president and chief marketing officer Lon Rosen, according to Jim Alexander of the Press-Enterprise.

Whether Rosen is delaying the confirmation of an inevitability, or Porter's future with the Dodgers is truly alive, remains to be seen.

Not everyone is invested in Porter remaining with the Dodgers, but for those who are, two people by the name of Dean Wilson and Joe Nagy have established a campaign to urge the Dodgers to retain Porter.

Wilson writes:

Please join us in the CAMPAIGN FOR DODGER LOYALTY AND TRADITION. Call the Dodgers at (323) 224-1500 or (323) 224-1435 and ask for the executive offices of Lon Rosen or Frank McCourt. Leave a message or voice mail saying that Ross Porter must be retained. (Editor's condescending note: Be mature about it.)

I called [Monday] morning and Lon Rosen called me back. We chatted for a few minutes and I shared with him these thoughts and he really appreciated it. He was non-committal about what would happen - and so we decided to spend the next three weeks campaigning. I also left a voice mail for Frank McCourt (the owner). Now ... I hope thousands of fans follow my lead.

Wilson also suggests writing the executives at Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Wilson's e-mail is if you'd like to contact him about this.

Beyond this, Alexander added in his article Saturday that "Rosen did confirm strong interest in adding an ex-player as a color analyst on radio and creating a two-man broadcast, as opposed to having one man at the mike as the Dodgers have done." Meanwhile, Jerry Lindquist of the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Dodger Hall of Famer Don Sutton has apparently not committed to returning to Atlanta Brave broadcasts on TBS, making him a candidate to come to Los Angeles.

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