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Jeb Bush reportedly no longer interested in buying the Marlins

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For a good while the Jeb Bush-Derek Jeter ownership group had been thought to be the frontrunner to purchase the Miami Marlins. Now, if Derek Jeter is going to become a baseball owner, he’s going to have to do it without Jeb:

Jeb Bush has dropped out of the race for the Miami Marlins.

The ex-presidential candidate and former Florida governor is no longer interested in buying the Marlins and has ended his pursuit of the team, two people close to the negotiations said Tuesday.

The report is that Jeb was interested in acquiring a controlling interest in the Marlins but that he did not have enough money in the deal to make that happen. Of course, given that the club is expected to go for far north of $1 billion, it’s hard to see how any one person could reasonably assure themselves of a controlling interest. Given the prices we’re talking about here, the era of individual owners, as opposed to a large group of investors working from a board-of-directors model may very well be over. At least for new ownership groups.

Jeter is said to still be interested in purchasing the Marlins and is reportedly seeking new partners. In the meantime, the group consisting of Tagg Romney, Tom Glavine and Dave Stewart is said to have made a competitive bid to that of the Jeter-Bush group and may well be the new frontrunner.

We now have photographic proof that Tom Ricketts and Ted Cruz are different people

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A lot of people think they have a double walking around someplace on Earth. They may actually be right. We have an example of this in baseball and politics.

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts looks a lot like Texas senator Ted Cruz. Or, since Ricketts is older, I guess Cruz looks like Ricketts. Either way, they could play brothers if someone put on, like, the worst ever production of some play about brothers.

If you’re not familiar with one or both of those guys, take a gander at the photo that was taken of the two of them in Washington this morning as the Cubs made the rounds with their World Series trophy:

If they put those rings together, Tom can turn into any animal and Ted can turn into anything made out of water. True story.

 

Anthony Rizzo calls out Miguel Montero for calling out Jake Arreita

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The morning we posted about Miguel Montero calling out his pitcher, Jake Arrieta, for allowing the Nationals to steal seven bases last night. Our view, of course, was that (a) it wasn’t all Arrieta’s fault; and (b) even if it was, publicly calling out your teammates like that is probably not a great idea and certainly isn’t a good look.

When I saw Montero’s comments I assumed that they would not play well in the Cubs’ clubhouse. I was right about that. Anthony Rizzo appeared on ESPN 1000 in Chicago this morning and had this to say:

Referring to Willson Contreras, of course, who has allowed 31 stolen bases to opponents while behind the dish. Coincidentally, Montero has allowed 31 stolen bases when he has played as well. Contreras has played in 24 more games than Montero, by the way.

I predict that, by around 3pm when the clubhouses open, we’ll see a public apology by Montero.