Derek Jeter comments on purchasing Miami Marlins for first time
Several weeks ago, Miami Marlins fans rejoiced in the news that Derek Jeter would be taking over team ownership. During a celebration in his honor in New York, he addressed those rumors for the first time.
At long last, the bid to purchase the Miami Marlins has a development. The development: there’s been no development.
Weeks after it was reported by Bloomberg that a bid for $1.3 billion had been accepted to purchase the Marlins, Jeffery Loria is still a fixture at the ballpark. Much to the chagrin of the Marlin faithful, it doesn’t appear that the sale will take place anytime soon.
Don’t expect speculation to die down, and any comments made by potential owners will be subject to rampant analysis and dissection. All the more if Derek Jeter, the biggest name involved in the sale is the one making them.
While being honored at Yankee stadium on Sunday, Derek Jeter gave us the first update on the (hopefully) impending sale of the franchise. In true Jeter fashion, he said a lot, without saying much at all. Randy Miller of NJ.com reported Jeter’s comments while speaking to the press at the event.
"“There’s nothing to report on that. Absolutely nothing. I think sometimes with stories people get ahead of themselves and that was a story where people got way ahead of themselves a few weeks back. So there’s nothing to report. If there’s something to report, I’ll let you know.”"
It’s difficult to know how much of this is Jeter playing things close to the vest. There hasn’t been much movement made public in regards to the sale, but it’s impossible to know what is going on behind closed doors.
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Any sale of a team would require a 75% approval vote by current team owners. With quarterly meetings usually scheduled to take place in mid-May, we might be only days away from getting some news. That seems optimistic at this juncture, though.
Miami Marlins fans rooting for Jeter
There is little doubt who the fans of the franchise hope to have as new owners. Any other owner would be a silver medal. While things can’t get worse than what the Marlins currently have in the ownership role, Derek Jeter would be the ultimate victory for a beleaguered fan base.
The success of other Miami franchises have proven that the fans will support a team that might win. Both the Miami Heat, and Miami Dolphins receive massive amounts of support from the fan base because of a perceived desire to win from the principle owners. Both of those franchises have boomed, and with a baseball-loving population and a brand new ballpark, there is no reason the Marlins can’t follow in suit.
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With a new ownership group in place, the franchise receives a fighting shot to build a functional relationship with its fan base. MLB needs to make the right choice, and everybody knows what that choice is.