The Miami Marlins have long been talked about for their potential to be sold.
It has long been speculated that the Miami Marlins were going to be sold before the end of the 2017 season. There was the original deal that was originally reported by Darren Rovell of ESPN that fell through.
Then there were talks about potential buyers in Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush, and a few other buyers as reported by Brian Schwartz of Fox Business. One of the outside parties that was mentioned as a potential buyer was a group backed by Goldman Sachs.
The change in Marlins ownership has been long demanded by the Fish Faithful. Fans have scene teams assembled then disassembled mid-season. The fans have seen their entire farm system sold for underwhelming performers. They demand a playoff team. They deserve a playoff team.
Douglas Hanks of the Miami Herald reported today that Jeter and Bush have joined forces. The two Florida residents have come together to possible form an ownership group to combat the out-of-state buying team from New York.
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Jeter as we all know had been the face of baseball for 20 years with the Yankees, retired in 2014 and now resides in Tampa, Fl. Jeb Bush, former governor of the state of Florida, currently resides in Coral Gables.
This could mean great things for the Marlins. No longer would they be under the thumb of Loria, who has been viewed as one of the most hated owners in baseball. Competent ownership could be the final thing that the Marlins need to get over the hill they have been climbing.
Not only would this be good for the team and players, but, how about the fans? The fans will be with an owner that appreciates them and does more to produce a talented product on the field.
Jeter being the man he is, always a crowd favorite. Bush, knowing how to speak to crowds and address people from his extensive time in politics. The key will be to bring in a talented group of like-minded support individuals.
For this franchise to truly change into a winning team, it will take a lot of change from within. We have seen coaching changes on the regular. But, this ownership change, should it happen, will be incredibly important for the Fish and their fans.
The original offer with a “handshake agreement” was for $1.6 billion. We have to imagine that any new agreement will be in that general ballpark.