An Illinois-based Little League coach collapsed and died in front of his son and team Wednesday, Chicago’s WBBM-TV reports.
While coaching his Beecher Hot Rods, 43-year-old Brian Jones passed away from cardiovascular disease, The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office reported. According to his wife, there was no sign of any problem until he suddenly fell ill and collapsed.
“I asked him what’s going on, and then he said, ‘I’m going to pass out.’ And he fell over on top of me,” Bobbie Jones said.
“He’s a fun-loving guy, and he’s going to be sorely missed by everybody,” she added. “He always tried to do the right thing and have fun and the kids he loved.”
According to his wife, Jones, an organ donor, was able to pass on four of his organs after dying.
Derek Jeter, part-owner of the Marlins, met with Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez on Tuesday afternoon at Marlins Park, Douglas Hanks of the Miami Herald reports. They discussed potentially removing the home run sculpture from the ballpark, something that has been on Jeter’s to-do list since he took over.
Gimenez said of the sculpture, “I just don’t think they’re all that crazy about it. I’m not a fan. We’re looking at it. … We’ll see if anything can be done.”
According to Hanks, the sculpture is public property because it was purchased as part of the Art in Public Places program, which requires art to be installed for the public in county-owned buildings. Michael Spring, the cultural chief for Miami-Dade who was present with Jeter and Gimenez on Tuesday, had previously said that the sculpture was “not moveable” and was “permanently installed” because it was designed “specifically” for Marlins Park. On Tuesday, Spring said, “Anything is possible. But it is pretty complicated. And I wanted the mayor and the Marlins to understand how complicated it really was. We got a good look at it today, and they saw how big it was. There’s hydraulics, there’s plumbing, there’s electricity.”
With Jeter having traded Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon this offseason, the home run sculpture is arguably one of the last remaining interesting things about the Marlins in 2018. Naturally, he wants to get rid of it.