After days of speculation, the shakeup in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ front office came with the hiring of former Tampa Bay Rays general manager Andrew Friedman.

Although Friedman held the GM position with the Rays, he was named the Dodgers president of baseball operations and has the autonomy to hire a new GM as Ned Colletti was reassigned. Friedman is considered one of the brightest young minds in baseball and his hiring has the support of Magic Johnson:

Johnson referenced the success Friedman had with the Rays and given the vast resources that will be at his disposal with the Dodgers and expressed optimism at what’s to come for the Dodgers:

While Colletti has been the subject of heavy criticism in recent years with the Dodgers falling short despite a substantial payroll, Johnson also tweeted his support for Colletti remaining with the organization:

Johnson routinely offered messages of encouragement and enthusiasm on the social media platform throughout the season, which differed from his often critical remarks of the Los Angeles Lakers and Mike D’Antoni.

Johnson attended several home games and his involvement with the Guggenheim Baseball Group was key with the franchise’s efforts to recapture the hearts of Los Angeles. With Friedman now in the fold, the Dodgers will be expected to take the success he had with the Rays and build on it to win the organization’s first World Series since 1988.

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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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