The Miami Herald reports that Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has agreed to sell the team for $1.2 billion to a group led by New York businessman Bruce Sherman and, more interestingly for baseball fans, former Yankees star Derek Jeter. There are over a dozen other investors as well.
The Herald reports that Major League Baseball is supposed to receive the formal agreement today.
While Jeter has gotten all of the press until now, Sherman, a venture capitalist, is the money man and will be the “control person,” which is MLB’s term for the owner who makes all the decisions for the club. It is he who will be referred to as the team’s owner. Jeter, while wealthy by baseball player standards, could not carry the majority of cost (he’s reported to be contributing $25 million to the deal). He’ll be in charge of business operations and baseball operations, the Herald reports. How hands-on he will be remains to be determined.
The Marlins: owned, in a way, by Derek Jeter. Managed by Don Mattingly. I wonder what a Yankee fan in a coma since 1999 would think about such a thing.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.