Korean retailer E-Land leads a consortium that is on the short list of Dodgers bidders, Yohap News Agency reported on Monday (via Reuters).
This weekend, the Los Angeles Times reported that at least eight bidders had advanced from the more than 12 initial bids. Already out include Mark Cuban, as well as the group including Steve Garvey and Orel Hershiser.
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The total cost is expected to be at least $1.5 million.
Major League Baseball has agreed to approve as many as 10 bidders, with Frank McCourt revealing the winning bid by April 1.
The Korean company wouldn't be the first Asian owners in baseball, Nintendo owns the Seattle Mariners.
Baseball is popular in Korea and its national team reached the finals of the last World Baseball Classic, losing to rival Japan in the championship game. Los Angeles also has a huge Korean American population -- more than 300,000, according to the 2009 American Community Survey.
The Dodgers also signed Chan-Ho Park, who was the first South Korean-born player in big league history when he debuted with Los Angeles in 1994.
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