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Friday, May 19, 2017

Giancarlo Stanton says frustration level is “highest ever”

Giancarlo Stanton should be a happy man, what with a $325 million contract that sets him up for life.

But all that money—guaranteed to the decimal—isn’t putting a smile on his face. He is fed up with losing, and losing is all he’s ever known as a Marlin.

Before taking the field Thursday at Dodger Stadium, before the Marlins tossed another loss into the raging bonfire, Stanton said his frustration level is reaching new heights.

“It’s probably the highest ever,” Stanton said. “It’s higher than me being the worst player on the field for a month, the worst player in the big leagues for a month, last year.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2017 at 03:13 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Jeter-Bush Have Cash-Raising Woes for Marlins Bid, Giving Romney Leg Up

Doug Hanks @doug_hanks
Untold story behind this: Bush people really don’t like the Romney people. Blame them for bad press.

But what might look good in theory is proving to be a difficult sale with potential investors, as many have declined an invitation to become silent partners of the Jeter-Bush team. Both Jeter and Bush are wealthy, but they are far from billionaires, and are planning to invest just $50 million combined, while raising money from outside investors, people with direct knowledge of the bidding process say.

That doesn’t mean the Jeter-Bush bid is dead. In fact, many people on Wall Street speculate that the duo’s investment banker, Gregory Fleming — a former senior executive at Morgan Stanley (MS) and Merrill Lynch (BAC) — may now be looking to raise money from his vast network of contacts in China and Latin America, many of whom would be willing to put up significant sums of cash as silent investors, while allowing Jeter and Bush to run the team.

 

Bote Man Posted: May 13, 2017 at 07:27 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, jeb bush, marlins, mitt romney, team sales

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Shelby Miller trade that almost was

Some Arizona Diamondbacks people thought they nearly had Shelby Miller traded last year, and it was potentially a deal that would have bailed them at least partly out of one of the most-criticized trades of the last decade.

Sources say the old regime was in serious talks on a deal that would have sent Miller to the Marlins last summer for multiple young pitchers, with Luis Castillo and Jose Urena main pieces, and Dillon Peters and Austin Brice also believed to have been discussed. Some recall the talk centering on two of those pitchers, and others thought it could have been three or four.

However, the deal Dave Stewart and Co. were working on and appeared to some to be close was nixed by owner Ken Kendrick, according to sources. (Though a team source, without addressing the Kendrick role, says now, “It was never close.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2017 at 11:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, marlins, shelby miller

Monday, May 08, 2017

A-Rod reportedly passed on opportunity to oppose Derek Jeter in Marlins bidding

We could have had two prominent Republicans, each with their own former Yankee superstar, bidding against each other for the Marlins. Why can’t we have nice things?

Hank G. Posted: May 08, 2017 at 07:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: arod, jeter, marlins

Monday, May 01, 2017

How Marlins sale must work: Creative deal, a Jeter fans have never seen | New York Post

Loria is in the kind of fiscal mess — with some in the game saying the team is $400 million in debt, with $75 million or more in possible losses this year and no ready avenues to borrow more money to finance the debt — that he will accept the fastest deal that meets his requests and he believes will be approved by the other owners.

Jeter’s group, which has bid $1.3 billion, is considered the front-runners and, as one involved person said, “Think how disappointed an already apathetic fan base will be if you think you are getting Jeter and end up with someone you have never heard of buying the team?” Nevertheless, there remained questions if Jeter and former Florida governor Jeb Bush could line up the investors to reach a magic figure and — if they do — if a deal can be structured to the liking of both Loria and MLB.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2017 at 06:54 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Marlins expecting to finalize $1.3B deal to sell team to Jeb Bush, Derek Jeter group

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria reached an agreement in principle to sell the team to a group led by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and including former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter, pending Major League Baseball approval and other details to be worked out in the drawing up and execution of a contract, according to an MLB source.

According to the source, Bush’s group has agreed to pay $1.3 billion for the team.

A source said the Marlins and Bush group are very optimistic a deal will be finalized, but the process could take months to conclude.

Bush plans to be the Marlins’ “control person,” the individual who would have ultimate control over franchise decisions, according to the source.

Jeter, the former All-Star player who lives in Tampa, plans to take an active role with the franchise.

Bush’s group includes at least five investors, and it’s unclear which of those investors has the most money invested in the bid.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2017 at 03:24 PM | 132 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, franchise sale, jeb bush, jeffrey loria, marlins

Inside the data-driven throwing program that helped revive Dan Straily’s career - Sun Sentinel

Straily knew there was more in there. He hoped Boddy, whom he met through Houston pitching coach Brent Strom, could help him find it.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dan straily, marlins

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

WashEx: Jeb Bush looks to Derek Jeter to help buy Miami Marlins

What a team: Jeter couldn’t go to his left; Jeb! couldn’t go right. Sad!

Once rivals in their pursuit to purchase the Miami Marlins, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is teaming up with retired New York Yankees star shortstop Derek Jeter to bid for the baseball team.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has been entertaining offers for the team, which moved to Miami in 2012 and changed its name from the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins. With Jeter and Bush, New York financier and manager of Quogue Capital, Wayne Rothbaum, have expressed interest in buying the team, according to the Miami Herald.

Bush, who ran an unsuccessful campaign to become the 2016 Republican presidential nominee, lives southwest of Miami in Coral Gables. Meanwhile, Jeter purchased a house in Tampa in 2014.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: April 19, 2017 at 09:01 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, jeb, jeffrey loria, marlins, sad

Friday, April 14, 2017

Miami All-Star Game gear reflects its South Florida setting

Caps for the first two days will also have a Miami feel to them as all teams will have black caps with their specific team logo in orange (so, nothing special for the Mets or Orioles but it’ll be a different look for the Yankees and Dodgers), the ASG logo on the side.

BLASPHEMY! Or sumpin.

Bote Man Posted: April 14, 2017 at 11:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star games, marlins

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Marlins in ‘fourth inning’ of sale talks, table pursuit of naming-rights deal for ballpark - Sun Sentinel

What’s the worst possible stadium name option for the Marlins? (Guaranteed Rate Field is already taken.)

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:47 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, stadium names

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Don’t Change The Channel With These Hitters At Bat

The bosses gave me an impossible assignment: Write up the definitive list of players whose at-bats you can’t afford to miss…

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Key attribute: Can’t outsmart him

Stat to know: Led majors with .332 average against off-speed pitches (curves/sliders/changeups/splitters) in 2016

Cabrera has hit .300 11 times in his career and has won four batting titles. He has nine seasons hitting at least .320; since World War II, only Wade Boggs and Stan Musial (10 apiece) have more. That makes him one of the best hitters for average in the past 70 years—oh, and he’s hit 446 home runs, won two home run titles and is capable of blasts such as this one:

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: April 11, 2017 at 04:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, indians, marlins, mets, nationals, reds, science of hitting, tigers

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Base-Bong: Ex-Marlins pitcher working in marijuna industry

Ryan Tucker has gone from Marlins pitcher to marijuana producer.

According to Leafly, “the largest cannabis website in the world,” Tucker is developing a marijuana dispensary and greenhouse cultivation business in his home state of California.

“I got into the cannabis industry because it saved my life,” Tucker told the publication. “I remember asking myself, ‘Is this my future?’ And four or five years ago might have been a bit early to want to try this. But it went okay and I learned a lot, quick. I threw myself into the growing business and that transitioned into dispensaries.”

Tucker had a brief and unremarkable career with the Marlins.

He appeared in 13 games for them in 2008, going 2-3 with a bloated ERA of 8.27.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2017 at 10:20 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: marijuana, marlins, ryan tucker

Friday, April 07, 2017

Will the Marlins’ financial mess scare off Derek Jeter and other buyers?

Could Jeter decide to cure cancer this summer? Of course he can. He’s Derek Jeter.

The biggest question about Derek Jeter’s interest in the Miami Marlins isn’t whether he can round up the money to buy the club. Of course he can. He’s Derek Jeter. The ultra-wealthy would line up to partner with him.

No, it’s whether Jeter wants to be the person to wade into the muck and mire that is the Marlins’ financial situation, which multiple sources familiar with it deemed “toxic,” “a dumpster fire” and “worse than the Dodgers’ and Rangers’ when they went into bankruptcy.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2017 at 03:00 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez to blame for fatal boating crash, investigation concludes

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, drunk and speeding, was behind the wheel and to blame when his boat plowed into a jetty off South Beach, killing two others, police concluded in a report released Thursday.

Had Fernandez lived, he would likely have been charged with a host of crimes including manslaughter, according to the final report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Investigators made the conclusion because the physical damage to Fernandez’s body matched the damage on the boat’s center console. His DNA was also found on the throttle and steering wheel.

The boat, investigators concluded, was traveling at more than 65 miles per hour — just over the top speed of the vessel.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 16, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

To grieve Jose Fernandez’s death, Giancarlo Stanton took life-changing journey

And now, nearly six months after the tragic passing of his Miami Marlins teammate, Jose Fernandez, Stanton admits that he looks at baseball through different eyes.

He has learned to “enjoy the moment,” he says, forcefully, “and understand this is the best time of my life—and have joy with it.”

How did he get to this place? Where did he turn to find the solace and healing he needed after Fernandez’s shocking death last September?

On the streets of Barcelona and the beaches of Brazil. At the foot of the pyramids in Egypt and in the alluring smell of bakeries in Paris. It was a trip that took him to eight countries on three continents last fall.

“It’s the longest trip I’ve ever done,” Stanton says, “and the most meaningful.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2017 at 03:09 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, jose fernandez, marlins

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Miami Marlins engaged in serious sale talks | Miami Herald

The question is no longer if Jeffrey Loria will sell the Marlins. It’s how quickly.

According to people briefed on the situation in the past week, Loria is fully expected to sell the team sometime this year, barring an unforeseen change of heart. He has decided it’s time to move on from baseball.

The Marlins are actively engaged in discussions with four groups and have had additional conversations with two others. MLB is aware of the identity of the Marlins suitors, which include both local and out-of-town investors.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2017 at 08:11 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Monday, February 27, 2017

Here’s what scouts say about the Marlins’ six key newcomers | Miami Herald

Read the whole thing.

How did Dan Straily go from winning one major league game combined in 2014 and 2015 and being waived by the Padres 11 months ago to finishing 14-8 with a 3.76 ERA with the Reds last season?

Credit Straily’s diligence and – no joke – some guy who specializes in banking analytics.

Straily prefers to identify the banking analytics man only by his first name (Michael), but he had a key role in helping Straily get back on track, three years after he went 10-8 with a 3.96 ERA for Oakland and was fourth in AL Rookie of the Year voting.

Michael is “a good friend, a distant relative of sorts,” Straily said. “He does banking analytics but he loves baseball. He helped me behind the scenes, helped give me more game notes.”

With Michael’s help, Straily dove into analytics more than any pro athlete I’ve interviewed in 30 years. Determined to find out “which are the best pitches to throw against certain hitters,” Straily had Michael help produce tons of data, and Straily studied other pitchers such as Matt Cain – one from each division – “who throw my speed and with my spin rate and my spin angles.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article135087564.html#storylink=cpy

Jim Furtado Posted: February 27, 2017 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dan straily, marlins

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Marlins’ Michael Hill excited about new arms | MLB.com

It’s spring training!!

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Why Martin Prado skipped free agency to sign extension with Marlins - Sun Sentinel

There were personal reasons for Prado, too. His wife, Valeria, is a doctor completing her residency in Miami. Their daughter, Martina, was born last April. Prado wasn’t keen on the idea of leaving them for most of the year or having to uproot them. Miami has become home.

“I started with nada. I was not a prospect. I was a utility guy coming up,” Prado said of his second his second $40 million deal, the first coming with Arizona in 2013. “At the end of the day, I might look back and say, ‘OK, what if?’ But I’m very happy with my decision and my family is happy. That’s all that matters.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 06:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, martin prado

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Report: Jeffrey Loria being considered as U.S. Ambassador to France

France is rumored to be offering the Eiffel Tower to other countries in return for prospects.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is reportedly being considered as the U.S. ambassador to France.

According to the New York Post, President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Preibus has recommended Loria for the position. 

However, there is reportedly internal discussions between Preibus and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about who should get the ambassador positiions.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 15, 2017 at 05:52 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: jeffrey loria, marlins

Miami Marlins players allowed to facial hair following a one-year ban | Miami Herald

Grow ‘em if you can!

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins


Friday, February 10, 2017

The Disconnect Between Franchise Values and Player Salaries

Specifically, MLBAM and their BAMTech spin-off unit have created an enormous technological powerhouse by moving early into streaming technology, and BAMTech is now one of the world’s dominant players for hosting and providing over-the-top content…..

While nothing in life is guaranteed, that money is pretty likely to be distributed at some point in the not-too-distant future, so anyone buying the Marlins (or any other MLB team) is likely to get a pretty significant rebate on the purchase price if or when Disney buys out the league’s interest in BAMTech. And the sale of BAMTech does nothing to affect the league’s ownership of MLBAM, which remains a significantly valuable operation itself, and is still entirely owned by the 30 teams.

In other words, if you buy the Marlins, you’re buying a baseball team, but you’re also buying a 3% stake in a very valuable tech company, and you’re buying about a 2% stake in an even more valuable tech company that already has a purchase agreement in place. And it’s not really clear that the players have much in the way of a legitimate claim to any of the money that baseball owners are generating from the investments in these tech companies.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 10, 2017 at 02:36 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, franchise valuation, marlins, mlbam

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