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.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning during Sunday’s game against the Braves, blowing his first save since August 26 last season. He had converted 34 consecutive saves.
Jansen yielded back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, staked to a 4-1 lead. After getting two outs, Matt Adams hit a three-run home run down the right field line to knot the game at four apiece.
After Sunday’s lackluster performance, Jansen is now 24-for-25 in save chances this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 62/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.
Orioles closer Zach Britton finished Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. He has now earned the save in 55 consecutive opportunities dating back to September 2015, setting a new American League record. Tom Gordon previously held the record with 54 consecutive saves. Eric Gagne holds the major league record at 84.
Britton’s last blown save came on September 20, 2015, then converted two more saves before the end of the regular season. He went 47-for-47 in save chances last season and is six-for-six so far this year.
Along with his six saves, Britton has a 2.65 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. The lefty came off the disabled list earlier this month after missing two months with a strained left forearm.