LAKELAND, Fla. â?? Chaos has seemingly surrounded the Miami Marlins from the time they began play as an expansion team in 1993.
There have been spending sprees, roster teardowns, two World Series titles, 100-loss seasons, plenty of empty seats and a triumvirate of controversial owners in Wayne Huizenga, John Henry and Jeffrey Loria.
Last week, it seemed Loria had a deal in place to sell the team to an ownership group led by Joshua Kushner, a 31-year-old businessman whose older brother, Jared, is a son-in-law of and adviser to President Donald Trump.
However, the deal is now unlikely to happen amid reports that Trump plans to name Loria as the United States’ ambassador to France. The Kushner family believes ownership of the Marlins would become complicated because of the potential tie between Trump and Loria.
If Loria does relocate to Paris and become an absentee owner, his stepson, team president David Samson, would presumably take control of the team.
It’s all enough to make anyone’s head spin. However, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill smiled Thursday when asked about the situation during Major League Baseball’s Grapefruit League Media Day at the Detroit Tigers’ spring training facility.
“You just keep focused on your job and that goes for us in the front office, the guys on the coaching staff and the players,” Hill said. “It’s like we’ve told the players, it’s all just noise. It’s out of all our control so there is no sense thinking about it.”
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