Joshua Kushner, Brother of top Trump adviser, is the bidder for the Miami Marlins

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Yesterday we heard that Jeff Loria had a handshake deal in place to sell the Miami Marlins. Last night the New York Times reported who that potential buyer is. It’s Joshua Kushner. Brother of Jared Kushner, who is the husband of Ivanka Trump and is a top adviser to Donald Trump.

There is no suggestion that Jared Kushner is involved in the deal. Or, for that matter, that Jared and Joshua’s father, Charles Kushner — who is a convicted felon — would be involved either. The Times reports that Major League Baseball is scrutinizing the offer, however, and is weighing whether even tenuous connections to the Trump administration and a convicted criminal would be problematic. It seems that Joshua Kushner’s lack of money will be more problematic for Major League Baseball than any political garbage might be. His offer is reportedly debt-heavy and many think he’s not rich enough to pull off the deal.

I do, for selfish reasons, hope this goes through, however. Because there is no way in hell that, if it does, the president will refrain from weighing in on Marlins stuff, showing up at games and all of that. And that, my friends, is gold if you’re in the content business.

 

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.