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Brewers’ buyer thinks Milwaukee already on winning path

October 5, 2004

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— The buyer of the Milwaukee Brewers said Monday he doesn't plan major changes to the ballclub -- in the field or the front office.

After days of speculation, the Brewers officially introduced Mark Attanasio, the Los Angeles investor who reputedly offered $220 million for the team.

Attanasio said that after meetings with staff and reviews of the team's finances, he believes the Brewers already are on the right track to a winning season, despite coming off their 12th consecutive losing season.

"Now it's our job to start winning more games," he said.

Attanasio, 47, said he was impressed by the Brewers' strong fan base, despite the losses, and the team's revitalized farm system that is expected to produce young players in the next few years.

As for team payroll, which is the lowest in the National League, Attanasio said the business plan already called for raising it, but he would spend the next two months or so deciding by how much.

"It's very easy to come in as a new owner, do a couple of splashy signings and garner a lot of attention," he said, but "we want this team to be perennially competitive."

The franchise started play as the Seattle Pilots in 1969 and was bought by Bud Selig in bankruptcy proceedings and moved to Milwaukee before the 1970 season. The sale agreement must be approved by at least three-quarters of the 30 major league teams.

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