Miami Marlins Morning Catch: Jeffrey Loria Rejecting Offers to Sell Marlins
By Ehsan Kassim
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The Miami Marlins have not made the playoffs in 12 straight seasons. That’s the third and soon to be second longest current drought in the majors right now.
You can argue that the biggest roadblock to the team not making the playoffs for the last 12 seasons could be pinned on one man, Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. And many fans will make that argument.
Unfortunately, the day fans rejoice to see that Loria sells the Miami Marlins is still far from here. According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Loria continues to reject overtures to buy the team, from “several wealthy people.”
"### Several wealthy people have been inquiring about buying the Marlins, but one of them said Jeffrey Loria conveyed to him that he has no interest in selling at this time, despite Miami having third-longest playoff drought in baseball."
We know two of the “wealthy people” in the past have included Miami Heat owner Micky Arison and a group led by presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Mark Cuban has denied in the past interest in buying the Marlins, despite having interest in owning a major league team.
Marlins fans are stuck with Loria, for the time being. And while Jackson does say “he has no interest in selling at this time,” that probably sounds better than it actually is.
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More Miami Marlins News Around the Web:
The Miami Marlins might be using more analytics next year – Michael Jong, Fishstripes
According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Miami Marlins might be stepping up their analytic game for the 2016 season and beyond after their failures of 2015.
As the team’s beat writer for the Marlins-run MLB website, Frisaro has unprecedented media access to the team and has more opportunity to discuss important topics with team honchos like president of baseball operations Michael Hill than most folks. However, it is pertinent to point out that nowhere in that article was there some sort of quote from a Marlins executive that said anything about the Marlins’ interest in expanding their fledgling, small department of analytics. The Fish for the first time hired a group of folks for a small analytics division last year. (Read More Here)
Giancarlo Stanton Has Been Miami Marlins’ MVP So Far In 2015 – Roje Smith, Rant Sports
The Miami Marlins are not a good baseball team and their current record of 46-68 more than proves that statement to be true.
It’s actually a miracle that they’re not sitting in last place in the NL East, but the Philadelphia Phillies are 0.5 games behind them in that division. They’re ranked dead last in the MLB when it comes to runs scored and RBIs. Additionally, they’re ranked 27th in SLG and wOBA, so it’s clear that hitting and run production have been deficiencies for them. (Read More Here)
Released by Miami Marlins, Cody Keefer finds a home with ThunderBolts – Steve Millar, Daily Southtown
After three seasons in the Miami Marlins organization, Cody Keefer was released following spring training in March.
He spent the next 100 days or so unsure of what would happen next.
“Those few months were a little rough,” Keefer said. “All my baseball-playing friends were playing. I was on my own, just trying to work hard every day, trying not to worry about it too much. It was tough, but I’m glad everything worked out and I’m here.” (Read More Here)
Knee swelling continues to hamper Yelich – Joe Frisaro, Marlins News
The bruise Christian Yelich suffered on Sunday at Atlanta continues to keep the Marlins outfielder out of the lineup. The Marlins hope the 23-year-old will play this series against the Cardinals, but there is no guarantee.
Yelich smacked his right knee against the wall while making an attempt on Jonny Gomes‘ homer at Turner Field, and he hasn’t played since.
“He still has the bruise,” manager Dan Jennings said. “He’s able to come off the bench for us if we needed him to pinch-hit. We just felt like it would be good to have him one more day. Hopefully get a little bit of that swelling he has, getting that out.” (Read More Here)
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