MIAMI, Fla.–In light of the recently released news, it appears a group has reached an agreement to purchase the Miami Marlins. Among these group members are the former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush and recently retired and future Hall of Famer, Derek Jeter. The Miami Herald reported that the current owner, Jeffrey Loria, has agreed to sell the team after the Jeter-Bush Group won the auction bid. According to a source from ESPN the agreed bid is for $1.3 billion.
Of course this is just the preliminary stages of the deal, meaning right now, it is nothing more than a verbal agreement. A written contract still needs to be drafted and then that contract would need to be approved by the MLB. The MLB commissioner, Rob Manfred, has reportedly stated, “We have not accepted any bid yet for the Marlins.”
For Bush and Jeter, the notion of owning a Major League team has been a long time in the making. Jeter has always talked about owning a MLB franchise after retirement and Bush watched as his older brother, President George W. Bush, successfully owned and operated the Texas Rangers, so acquiring a team of his own has always been one of his goals. Although the deal has not been finalized, Marlin fans appear to be enthusiastic about the prospect and cannot help but wonder what kind of impact these two men could have on their franchise.
MIAMI, Fla.—Last week the Marlins announced that they will be installing a bronze statue of Jose Fernandez in the plaza of Marlins Park. According to team president, David Samson, the statue of the late Fernandez is expected to stand 9 feet tall.
Many people have taken the time to voice their opinions regarding the statue being erected. A lot of people think it is a great way to show respect to a player that never got to demonstrate his true talent because he passed so young. Others don’t think it is right to memorialize a player who only played in the MLB for four years, playing in only 76 games. Another reason people are against the statue is because of the way Jose died. No one can deny that he was drinking and driving in his speed boat, in the middle of the night, with cocaine in his system, and killed not only himself, but two other people too.
Typically when teams put up statues in memory of a player, it is a player that spent several years with the organization and was one of the best to ever play. When I think of players with statues dedicated to their careers, I think of Michael Jordan, Shaq, and Jackie Robinson. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in professional baseball and dies 45 years before his statue was erected. In 60 years, when a little kid is going to a Marlins game and they see the nine-foot statue a Fernandez, they are going to think that he had to be one of the best, when in reality, his career was short lived and although he had a promising future, he made choices that cut his life short.
The Marlins organization has never had a player that deserved statue recognition, so do they want their first one to be erected honoring a player who died in such a controversial fashion.
After a slow start out of the gate, the Marlins bounced back to win three of their last four. Tonight, they have their Home Opener against the struggling Atlanta Braves; a win would definitely put momentum on their side. Tonight’s game marks the first of a six game home stand, so hopefully they will be able to take advantage of the home field advantage and pick up a few wins.
Runs will be hard to come by tonight, as the Braves send out veteran ace Bartolo Colon, while the Marlins counter with Dan Straily. Straily has had a rough start to the year, pitching in the Marlins loss to the Nationals. In that loss, Straily only pitched 3.1 innings, allowing five runs. Hopefully Staily will be able to figure it out against the Braves and get the wins that the Marlins are going to need if the want to compete in the NL East this year, which looks to be wide open early on.
WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Marlins got their first win of the year Thursday night. After trailing 2-0 going into the eighth inning, the Marlins finally got a couple runs in when J.T. Realmuto hit a two run homer to center field bringing in Christian Yelich. The Nationals answered right back in the bottom of the eighth when Ryan Zimmerman hit a homerun single to center field. The Marlins knew they weren’t out of it yet though, in the top of the ninth Tyler Moore hit a single to center, to have Adeiny Hechavarria score the game tying run. The game would eventually go to extra innings, but it didn’t take long for the Marlin`s to get on the board, when Justin Bour hit a double deep into left, to have Realmuto score again in the top of the tenth. The Marlins would not let up any runs in the bottom of the tenth and would go on to win their first game of the year.
Tom Koehler had a pretty good first game of the year, letting up only one run through five innings, with four strike outs. The offense of the Marlins had a great game as well having 14 hits, but only being able to score on four of them. Realmuto was the star for the offense in this one, batting .583 with three RBI`s. The entire Marlins team came together to get their first big pivotal win of the year.
Buffalo, N.Y.– “When the fans come and have fun from the promotions, [the organization] has fun,” says Brad Bisbing, director of marketing and public relations.
The Buffalo Bisons are the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Bisbing, who was promoted in January, is entering his 14th season with the team. After earning a broadcast journalism degree from Ithaca College he began doing sports radio. “It just wasn’t for me,” Bisbing noted. Shortly after leaving sports radio, he was hired by the Bisons prior the the 2004 season as public relations assistant.
Bisbing discussed what the offseason was like saying they plan for the things they can handle, like promotions and other stadium activities. “[The organization] doesn’t have a say on who plays,” so they have to stay focused on the other things, he said. When new players come to Buffalo Bisbing and his staff work hard to make them comfortable and “take away their worries,” he said. That might include finding them somewhere to live, or how to get to and from the ballpark everyday.
When asked about the most challenging part of his job, Bisbing simply said, “the hours.” He went on to talk about how he’s always at the ballpark, and this being a job that is really your life. “But I love what I do, so I can’t complain,” he said.
The Bisons are celebrating their 30th season at Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo this year. Brad Bisbing and his staff have many promotional events to commemorate such an achievement. Bisbing is excited for the start of the season and is hopeful the team will play well.
ARLINGTON, Texas- Stacy Oristano is an actress for theatre and television. Born in Arlington she has the qualifications to throw out the first pitch at the Rangers home opener. Known for her acting role in Gilmour Girl’s, Steel Magnolia’s, Bunheads, and Friday Night Lights.
As many know, Texas is known for football and American traditions (football, country music, Texas BBQ, etc.). Ironically Oristano filmed Friday Night Lights in Georgetown, Texas located two and a half hours away from Arlington.
Rachel Thomas, a journalist form Thought Co. interviewed Oristano in Aug. 2016. Thomas asked Oristano who the first celebrity was that she met. In her response she mentions that her dad was a sports announcer for the Dallas, Cowboys giving her the opportunity to meet the players. She elaborates on the fact that celeberties are really just ordinary people to her.
Her career, and family life may seem to surround the theme of football instead of baseball, but seeing a successful Arlington native honored by throwing out the first pitch would make sense to the special tradition of Opening Day.