As All-Star festivities have already gotten under way in Miami, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is reportedly set to sell the team to businessman Jorge Mas for $1.17 billion, Mike Ozanian of Forbes reports. 75 percent of baseball’s owners must approve the deal before it becomes official.
Mas is chairman and co-founder of MasTec, an infrastructure engineering and construction company.
In 2002, Loria bought the Marlins for $158 million, so he made a pretty good return on investment. As Ozanian notes, the Marlins are expected to lose $70 million and will pay interest on approximately $400 million in debt.
The Marlins entered the All-Star break at 41-46, 10.5 games out of first place. There is some thought that the team will undergo another fire sale and getting a new owner in place before the trade deadline would clear one giant hurdle. Major League Baseball would have to have been consulted if the Marlins had tried to have a fire sale while Loria was still in the midst of selling the team.
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.