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Guardians GM Mike Chernoff says Blitzer's arrival not changing operating style

Guardians GM Mike Chernoff “does not expect the Guardians’ operating philosophy to change” after co-Owner David Blitzer’s minority ownership stake "was approved," according to Maria Ridenour of the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL. Chernoff said, “In terms of how it affects the operating model of the Cleveland Guardians, that’s not for me to speak on. At the same time, most teams have minority owners. We saw this with John Sherman, too. I wouldn’t expect our operating philosophy to change." He added, "The industry economic model is what it is and so we know what our challenges are being a small market." Chernoff:  "We don’t shy away from those at all. We’re not expecting that to change in any way." Blitzer is taking on an “initial stake of 25 to 30%,” which could “grow if he supplants” co-Owner Paul Dolan. Dolan had been “seeking a minority investor for over a year” after John Sherman bought the Royals (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 7/1).

TRUSTING EXPERIENCE: In Cleveland, Ashley Bastock writes Blitzer has “more than a decade of experience owning and operating professional sports teams" outside of MLB, including the 76ers and Devils, EPL club Crystal Palace, Real Salt Lake and "numerous international soccer interests." With that experience, there is the “possibility of the Guardians drawing inspiration from other leagues when it comes to innovation.” Chernoff: “We connect with a lot of external teams, non-baseball teams, but in other industries to think about best practices and how can we learn from other smart, innovative teams all the time.” He added, “And he’s a part of that, leading those teams in other areas. So we’re excited, we’ve built some of those relationships and we’re excited to learn from those other teams” (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 7/1).

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