Jeb Bush Tried to Buy the Miami Marlins

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The Miami Marlins held a fan/player meet-and-greet at the Hollywood Dave & Busters last night where they literally could have dressed the guy who hands out prize tickets in a suit and told people he was one of the new players and no one would have batted an eye.

Meanwhile, word from the Miami Herald is that former Gov. Jeb! Bush tried to save us all from Jeffrey Loria by trying to buy the team from him.

And, as you can see from the fact that the Marlins just signed Nick Harker to play catcher, that clearly didn't happen.

According to the Herald, Jeb! made Loria a "large offer" after wrangling a group of rich investors together as partners.

Loria told Jeb! he wasn't selling. And why should he? He's got a brand-new ballpark built on the backs of taxpayers and a team worth dick in salary costs. Also, revenue sharing! Because Major League Baseball is dumb.

Sweet deal indeed.

The report also says Loria has been made several offers by different people to buy the team, but he's rejected every one of them, like a bloated evil ogre living in some high castle refusing to give up the treasure.

For his part, Bush won't discuss his failed bid or what role he would have played had he been able to pry the team from Loria's reptilian claws.

As you may or may not know, big bro George Dubya once co-owned the Texas Rangers before he became president. His lone claim to fame then was being the guy who traded away Sammy Sosa to the Chicago Cubs. Dubya eventually sold the team and went on to ruin other things too.

Loria could part with the team after the 2014 season, when he's no longer obligated to share profits with Miami-Dade County.

But, according to close friends, he loves owning and apparently pissing all over a Major League Baseball team so much that it doesn't look like it's going to happen any time soon, if ever.

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I did not know Loria committed to sharing profits with M-D county. Is it only from 2012 to 2014?

winsomelosesome topcommenter article about Jeb and you still found room to take some shots at ole George W. 

Old Habits are hard to break I guesss.


We Marlins fans are a sorry bunch when news of a group headed by Jeb Bush making an offer for the team is a beacon of hope. But that's what Loria has done to us. We are the grovelers of the sports world, the Oliver Twists of MLB. 

riverrat69 topcommenter

Major league baseball isn't dumb. The taxpayers of FloriDUH are the dumb ones.


I think what the article is referring to is that if Loria sells the team during that time period, he has to share a portion of the sale proceeds with Miami-Dade. So that is a disincentive for Loria to sell the team, despite the fact everybody wants him to. Just another flash of brilliance from the Miami-Dade County Commission!

frankd4 topcommenter

yes LORIA picked the best place to use the local citizens, with the help of greedy local politicians who will care more about themselves than their constituents who voted them into office, same as the terrorist who picked south florida to live in and train for 9/11

i'd like to see him pull the same stunt in BOSTON or even DETROIT

and those two places are known for decades of corruption, yet south florida is and always will be ripe for the taking if you are bold enough and have the stomach for it

anyone can do it, as long as they are slimy and unethical and immoral and greedy enough


@riverrat69Neither the city nor county taxpayers were even given the opportunity to vote on this. How can you blame them for this decision to build it? Mayor Alvarez and County Commissioner Natacha Seijas were ousted after this happened by recall elections.

 "Voting in favor of the stadium plan were Commissioners Dennis Moss, Bruno Barreiro, Audrey Edmonson, Natacha Seijas, Javier Souto, Barbara Jordan, Dorrin Rolle, Jose "Pepe" Diaz, and Rebeca Sosa"

winsomelosesome topcommenter

Never would have guessed that was your opinion. (there should be a font for sarcasm...right?)

I hold the same on our current President.

frankd4 topcommenter

the saying is you get the government you deserve

those "voted IN" with the endorsement of the people USED those same people to allow such a boondoggle and are ONE of two things 1) incredibly stupid or 2) incredibly greedy

those commissioners were "voted IN" by taxpayers who were dupped by their own elected leadership

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