It’s been reported for a couple of months now that Jeffrey Loria wants to sell the Miami Marlins, with a recent report being that he wants to close a deal by the end of 2017. Multiple potential buyers have been mentioned but there has been no real traction on a deal yet.
Throw this into the rumor mill:
The obvious joke if Jeb buys the Marlins is that the 2018 team slogan would be “Miami Marlins: Please clap.” But really, that’s a better bit of fan service and marketing than Loria has ever done. He sues his own fans on a regular basis for cryin’ out loud.
No one wanted to put another Bush in the White House, but at least the last one who owned a baseball team was pretty popular when he, you know, stuck to baseball. Kindly entreating them to applaud would be a major improvement over the current regime.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig‘s one-game suspension has been rescinded. Instead, he will make a charitable donation. The alternative “punishment” was agreed to by Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association.
Puig was suspended one game two weeks ago after flipping off some hecklers at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Puig showed remorse after the game, saying, “I stooped to their level.”
Entering Tuesday night’s action, Puig was batting .251/.331/.458 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI in 287 plate appearances.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre picked a good time to hit his 450th home run. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Beltre took the first pitch he saw from closer Cody Allen for a ride, sending it into the left field seats at Progressive Field to break the tie.
The Rangers would go on to win 2-1. Beltre finished 2-for-4. He now has 2,969 career hits, leaving him 31 shy of becoming the 31st member of the 3,000 hit club.
On the season, Beltre is hitting .303/.373/.562 with five home run sand 22 RBI in 102 plate appearances.