Marlins president David Samson told Miami’s 790 The Ticket on Wednesday that the organization is in talks with multiple companies interested in buying naming rights to the nearly-completed stadium.
But no agreement has been struck yet, and that might not change before the facility opens its doors April 1 for an exhibition game against the Yankees.
Here’s the Samson quote, via beat writer Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
“We were down the road [in negotiations], then all of a sudden we signed some players and some more companies got interested and then the price started changing,” said the Marlins president during his weekly live segment. “When you get into bigger numbers, it takes a lot longer to finish a long-term deal like that and I didn’t want to pressure anyone or myself. We’re happy to start with Marlins Park and see what happens.”
Marlins Park will host its first official big league game on April 4, when the Cardinals visit on Opening Night.
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts met the media in Mesa, Arizona today and said a couple of things that were fun.
First, he addressed the controversy that arose earlier this month when emails of his father’s — family patriarch Joe Ricketts — were leaked, showing him forwarding and approvingly commenting on racist jokes. Ricketts apologized for those serving as a “distraction” for the Cubs which, OK. He also said “Those aren’t the values our family was raised with… I never heard my father say anything remotely racist.” If you choose to believe that a 77-year-old conservative guy who loves racist emails — who once spearheaded an anti-Obama ad campaign that required a “literate African-American” as its spokesman — hasn’t said racist stuff a-plenty, that’s between you and your credulity.
More relevant to the 2019 Cubs is this:
The Cubs aren’t in the same position as some other contenders in that (a) they don’t have a cheap payroll; and (b) are not obvious candidates for the big free agents like Harper or Machado, but I still find that comment pretty rich for an owner of one of baseball’s marquee franchises in a non-salary cap league. If nothing else, it’s an admission by Ricketts that he, like the other owners, consider the Luxury Tax to be a defacto salary cap.