Marlins fans have finally got their wish as Jeffrey Loria’s tenure as owner will be a distant memory very soon. A group led by investor Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter was unanimously approved by MLB owners to purchase the Marlins for a reported 1.2 billion dollars. Among the minority owners are Michael Jordan who will reportedly own about .5 percent of the team, with Jeter holding about a 4 percent stake.
Loria earned the ire of Marlins fans by fleecing the city of Miami to build the publicly funded Marlins Park. The Marlins have finished last in the National League in attendance 12 out of the last 13 years.
It remains to be seen what changes Jeter and the ownership group will make. There will be many decisions to be made regarding the direction of the team including the future of slugger GianCarlo Stanton.
The Marlins wrap up the 2016-17 season this weekend at home against the Atlanta Braves. Long since eliminated from playoff contention, the main reason to show up is to see if Stanton can reach 62 homeruns. Stanton has stated publicly that he feels this is the true record and that Roger Maris’ is the legit title holder with 61 “clean” homers. It seems to be a direct dig at the modern records established during Major League Baseball’s “Steriod Era” of the late 1990’s and 2000’s. Barry Bonds holds the Major League single season record with 73 homeruns in 2001, with Mark McGwire second with 70 in 1998. Maris’ mark of 61 accomplished in 1961 is currently the seventh best homerun total in MLB history.