Darren Rovell reports that billionaire Mike Repole has joined the Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez’s bidding group in hopes of buying the Mets.
A-Rod and J-Lo have been rumored to be interested in the Mets for months, but they don’t have the sort of scratch to do it without the sort of billionaire types who populate modern baseball ownership groups. Repole has additional Mets ties in that he has been involved in Vitaminwater, which featured David Wright as an early investor and spokesman. Repole is also a thoroughbred owner, a Queens native and a huge Mets fan. He’s been mentioned for years as a possible Mets bidder one day, albeit usually on a merely speculative basis.
Last we heard Josh Harris and David Blitzer, the owners of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils, were putting together a bid for the Mets as well. Hedge funder Steve Cohen was previously set to spend $2.6 billion for a majority share of the franchise before the deal fell apart, but you never know if he’ll circle back around again.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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