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.
Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was born on December 13, 1996. That year, Bartolo Colon (who turns 45 years old on Thursday) was wrapping up a season he spent with Double-A Canton-Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. He would debut in the majors the following April.
In a clash of generations, the 21-year-old Torres and Colon squared off on Monday as the Yankees visited the Rangers. Torres won the battle twice, drilling a two-run home run off of Colon in the second inning and a solo shot off of Colon in the fourth. Colon wound up giving up six runs in total on eight hits (including four homers) and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Here is video of the first homer Torres hit:
Torres is the second-youngest Yankee in club history with a multi-homer game. Mickey Mantle was 20 years and 296 days old when he went yard twice on August 11, 1952. Torres is 21 years, 159 days old. Joe DiMaggio was 21-212 when he hit two on June 24, 1936.
So much for respecting one’s elders. We’re currently seeing a youth movement in baseball. 19-year-old Juan Soto hit his first major league homer on Monday against the Padres. 20-year-olds Ronald Acuña and Mike Soroka debuted for the Braves earlier this year. Could 19-year-old Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. join them soon?