Jeter and Bush are in to buy the Marlins

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.

Advertisements

Fernandez statue to be displayed in Marlins Park

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.

 

-Aidan Gould

Baseball is back in Miami

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.

Marlins are on the move

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.

 

-Aidan Gould

Giving remembrance with the first pitch in Miami

MIAMI, Fla.–With opening day inching closer and closer some people always wonder who is going be throwing out that ceremonial first pitch for their favorite team this year.

For the Marlins though is it hard to pick just one famous person that was born in Miami because they`re are so many of them.  So it would just be easier to pick someone that was once with in the Marlins organization.

When picking someone with in the organization you want to make sure that you pick someone that everyone there is going to know.  The Marlins have only been around sense 1993 so it does not leave them with an over whelming pool of past greats to chose from. Then I thought of something that had happened last September that had broke the hearts of so many people around the sports world.

That was the death of the Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez who had lost his life in a boating accident.  He was known and loved by all Marlins fans, many people in Miami thought that he was going to be a for sure hall of famer.  With his death he left behind his loving mother Maritza and wife Alejandra.  So if I was going to pick someone to throw out the opening day pitch for the Marlins I would pick them to do it.  Family meant a lot to Jose, his wife and him were very close to his mother.  So by letting Maritza and Alejandra throw out the opening day pitch for the Marlins it would not just be a way of honoring them but also honoring the Jose Fernandez.

Getting Ready For Opening Day

MIAMI, Fla.–Opening Day is less than a week away for the Miami Marlins and a lot of people don’t know if the team is ready for what is predicted to be in their near future. The first pitch of the Marlins season will be thrown next Monday, April 3rd. Marlins fans hope that their team can find a way to pull it all together in the next few days before that first pitch is thrown.

The Marlins have struggled through most of the preseason and after taking a look at the first week of their regular season schedule, critics are skeptical that it won’t get much better. The opening week consists of six away games in seven days, where the Marlins will play two very good teams. Their first matchup against the big bats of the Washington Nationals will take place at National’s Park. The pitching matchup for that game is out and looks to be a challenging one for the Marlins. The Marlins will be starting Edinson Volquez, who had a rough 2016 season with an ERA of 5.37. For the Marlins to get a win in Washington, it is going to take great pitching because it’s no secret that the Nationals have a very explosive offense, led by one of the best in the MLB, Bryce Harper. Harper has been killing it for the Nationals during Spring Training, registering a batting average of .308 and leading the Spring League with eight home runs. If the Marlins pitchers can figure him out and slow him down, it might provide their pitchers a much needed mental boost.

Immediately following the Nationals game, the Marlins will travel to New York to play a great pitching team in the New York Mets. So, an upset over the Nationals on Opening Day would supply some momentum going into their second game. An unexpected victory in New York would give them two wins that most people would have thought to be impossible.

Conclusion To The Fernandez Investigation

MIAMI, Fla.- The six-month investigation revolving around the death of Marlin’s Star pitcher, Jose Fernandez has finally come to an end. On the morning of September 25, 2016 the baseball world was shocked after learning about the tragic death of Fernandez and his two friends when their boat was found flipped, just off the shore of Miami. The sudden deaths left many people with unanswered questions.  Many Marlin fans expressed their grief by questioning why Fernandez was driving around in his boat so late at night, at such a high speed, so close to the shore.  They were clearly distraught over the fact that he was so young and appeared to be very well liked and was undoubtedly one of the best young players in the game today.

Last Thursday, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions finally ended their investigation and answered some of the questions that people have been waiting for. The final toxicology report confirmed that alcohol and drugs were involved in this tragic incident.  Fernandez had a blood alcohol level of .147 and a presence of cocaine in his system at the time of the crash.

In light of this information, it shows that Fernandez was in the wrong of multiple boating law violations, told to us by ESPN.  These violations consisted of Boating Under the Influence, Reckless or Careless Operation of a Vessel, Manslaughter, and Vessel Homicide.  This conclusion to the investigation most likely means that there will now be legal battles between the Fernandez family and the Maritza and Maria families, the relatives of the two young men that were also on board the boat.

The entire matter is a sad and disappointing incident that no one ever wants to hear about.  Three young lives were lost during this terrible occurrence and one talented baseball player will never get to truly show just how great he could have been.

 

-Aidan Gould