Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is willing to consider offers to sell the team.
Nothing is imminent, but Jackson says that “several suitors” have expressed interest in buying the team and that Loria, for the first time, is seriously considering selling. Jackson says $1.7 billion would get the deal done, but that strikes me as the “buy it now” price on eBay. The no-brainer price which seems way, way too high. The club may not sell for a lower price or may not seel at all, but the fact that Loria is considering it is notable.
Loria purchased a controlling stake in the Expos in 1999. In 2002 he orchestrated a deal in which he sold the Expos to Major League Baseball, who eventually moved the franchise to Washington D.C. Loria, in turn, purchased the Marlins from John Henry. He has owned the Marlins ever since, winning a World Series title in 2003. Since then, however, he and the Marlins have become far better known for futility, serial fire sales and aborted rebuilds with a revolving door of managers.
As a result of all of that, few baseball fans would shed a tear if Jeff Loria were to get out of the baseball business.
Earlier, a young fan was struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium and had to be carried out before being taken to a hospital. Fortunately, it seems that the fan is okay.
As usual, when a scary incident such as today’s occurs, players come out in full support of expanding the protective netting at ballparks. Twins second baseman Brian Dozier as well as Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier and shortstop Didi Gregorius all said as much after Wednesday afternoon’s game.
Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis has also been a very vocal proponent of increased netting. For the most part, the players are pretty much all in agreement about the subject. It’s only a vocal minority of fans who seem to think that their ability to snag a random souvenir or have an unimpeded view supersedes the safety of their neighbors.
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton continued his march towards 60 home runs, hitting No. 56 in Wednesday afternoon’s win against the Mets. The Marlins, leading 7-2 prior to Stanton’s two-run blast in the bottom of the eighth, didn’t need the extra run support but welcomed it all the same. Mets reliever Erik Goeddel tossed a 1-1, 78 MPH curve that caught too much of the plate.
After Wednesday’s action, Stanton is batting .279/.378/.634 with 120 RBI and 116 runs scored along with the 56 dingers in 646 plate appearances. The last player to hit at least 56 home runs in a season was Ryan Howard (58) in 2006. Stanton’s is the 19th player-season of at least 56 homers.