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Is Jeff Loria going to stiff Miami-Dade County on the Marlins sale?


The sale of the Miami Marlins to the Bruce Sherman/Derek Jeter group is complete, but there is still some accounting to be done. Maybe. If Jeff Loria holds up what is alleged to be his end of his deal with the people of Miami-Dade County, anyway. If not, the matter may very well wind up in court.

That’s because, per the Miami Herald, Loria was supposed to kick back a percentage of the sale proceeds of the team to the local government if the team was sold in a certain, specified period after the new ballpark the taxpayers underwrote opened:

Loria’s 2008 deal with Miami and Miami-Dade included payout provisions if he sold the team within six years of the 2012 opening of a county-owned ballpark built with more than $400 million in public dollars and about $150 million from the team. The deal requires the Marlins to pay the two governments 5 percent of the proceeds of a sale.

Five years and six months later, the bill may be coming due. But with Loria able to deduct both debt and taxes paid on the sale, it’s not known whether he plans on notifying local governments that they’re entitled to any dollars from the transaction.

It would not shock me at all if Loria structured the deal in some way so as to put the actual effective date of the transfer outside of that six year window somehow. Or if the books reflect little or no money leftover for the county after the debt and taxes are accounted for. Of course, given that Loria purchased the team for $160 million and sold it for a reported $1.2 billion, that would have to be some pretty hefty number rearranging in order to make it look like there wasn’t a massive profit here. Not that Loria doesn’t have a lot of practice at that sort of thing.

Whatever the case, it’ll be pretty surprising if the matter doesn’t end up in court.

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: