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Derek Jeter's Group Buying Marlins For $1.2 Billion

Aug 12, 2017 8:05 AM

Derek Jeter is amongst a group of investors finalizing a deal to buy the Miami Marlins from Jeffrey Loria for $1.2 billion.

New York-based venture capitalist Bruce Sherman is leading the purchase group. Jeter is investing $25 million of his own money and will run the baseball side of the operation.

Jeter resides in Tampa and has long had interest in owning a franchise.

The Sherman-Jeter group, which also includes former NBA great Michael Jordan, beat out a contingent led by Miami businessman Jorge Mas. Quogue Capital founder Wayne Rothbaum, who led a third group that included former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, dropped out of the bidding earlier this week.

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Former Phillies All-Star Darren Daulton Dies At Age 55

Aug 7, 2017 12:59 AM

Former Phillies All-Star catcher Darren Daulton has died at age 55, the team said Sunday.

Daulton was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and went into remission in 2015. He was a key part of and leader on the 1993 Phillies team that surprised by winning the National League pennant and lost to the Blue Jays in six games in the World Series.

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Three-Time All-Star Lee May Dies At 74 Years

Jul 30, 2017 6:45 PM

Lee May, an All-Star slugger who hit 354 home runs in the major leagues, has died. He was 74.

The Baltimore Orioles, one of four teams that May played for, and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association both tweeted their condolences Sunday.

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Dodgers Seeking $12M Per Year For Stadium Naming Rights

Jul 18, 2017 11:37 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers are attempting to sell naming rights to Dodger Stadium for $12 million per season.

Guggenheim Partners paid a record $2.15 billion for the Dodgers.

As a historical ballpark the naming rights will be X Corp. Field at Dodger Stadium.

“I would counsel any potential sponsor to walk down that path carefully, because there are those certain hallowed facilities where fans will react negatively,” said Octagon CEO Rick Dudley.

The Nationals opened their ballpark in 2008 and still don't have a naming rights deal while the Rangers' new stadium opening in 2020 hasn't been sold either.

The Rams and Chargers are also building a new stadium in Los Angeles that awaits a naming rights deal.

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Legendary Sportscaster Bob Wolff Dies At Age 96

Jul 17, 2017 1:03 AM

Bob Wolff, the only sportscaster to call play-by-play of championships in all four major North American professional team sports, has died. He was 96.

Wolff broadcast the NFL's championship game, World Series, NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals. He interviewed Babe Ruth, was the voice of the Washington Senators, and for decades did play-by-play for the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.

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Source: Jorge Mas Becomes Bidder To Purchase Marlins

Jun 24, 2017 1:28 PM

The Miami Marlins are for sale and Derek Jeter is part of a potential group to buy the major league club. The most logical future owner of the Marlins, however, could be one who only recently has been mentioned: Jorge Mas, a Cuban-American businessman whose family has been well-known in Miami and South Florida for decades.

A source with direct knowledge of the possible purchase said the small group led by Mas appears to have the most solid footing and deepest pockets.

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Former MLB Player Jimmy Piersall Dies At Age 87

Jun 4, 2017 1:16 PM

Former major leaguer Jimmy Piersall, who bared his soul about his struggles with mental illness in his book "Fear Strikes Out," has died. He was 87.

Piersall died Saturday at a care facility in Wheaton, Illinois, after a monthslong illness, according to the Boston Red Sox, for whom Piersall played for seven of his 17 seasons in the majors.

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Tom Glavine, Tagg Romney Working To Make Bid On Marlins

Apr 21, 2017 9:03 AM

Derek Jeter, who has teamed with Jeb Bush, has some Major League competition in his pursuit to purchase the Miami Marlins.

Tom Glavine is working with Tagg Romney in an effort to bid on the Marlins, according to league sources.

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Katy Feeney, Longtime Baseball Executive, Dies At Age 68

Apr 3, 2017 1:22 AM

Katy Feeney, a baseball executive for four decades and a daughter of former National League President Chub Feeney, has died. She was 68.

Feeney died Saturday while visiting relatives in Maine. She had not shown any sign of illness, baseball officials said. She had retired from baseball in December after working her final postseason.

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Jury Rules Indians Not Responsible For Fan Blinded By Ball

Mar 27, 2017 6:06 PM

A jury says the Cleveland Indians aren't responsible for injuries to a New York man hit by a foul ball and blinded in one eye at a baseball game in July 2012.

Cleveland.com reports the decision late last week in a Cleveland-area county court means Keith Rawlins, of Rochester, gets no money from his lawsuit against the team.

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Jung Ho Kang Delayed By Visa Issues Related To DUI Arrest
The Pirates have placed Jung Ho Kang on the restricted list.

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Woman Arrested For Trespassing After Allegedly Stalking Tebow
Michelle Marie Thompson was arrested after failing to leave the area of the Mets' spring training facility.

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Marlins Engaged With Four Groups On Sale
The Marlins are actively engaged in discussions with four groups and have had additional conversations with two others on a sale, according to a report.

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Moreno: Team To Remain In Angel Stadium Until At Least 2029
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Two Crash Victims Families Suing Jose Fernandez's Estate
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Mike Ilitch, Owner Of Tigers And Wings, Dies At Age 87
Mike Ilitch won praise for keeping professional sports teams in Detroit.

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Agent: Jung Ho Kang To Enter Treatment Program
Jung Ho Kang entering rehab was a recommendation of MLB's Treatment Board.

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Andy Marte Dies In Car Crash In Dominican Republic
According to Baseball America, Andy Marte was playing winter league baseball for Las Aguilas Cibaenas.

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Diamondbacks Sue County To Explore Stadium Options
The Diamondbacks have filed suit against the Maricopa County Stadium District to ask for the removal of a clause in their contract that prevents the team from exploring other stadium options.

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Record Six Teams To Pay Luxury Tax This Season
The Dodgers will have to pay a luxury tax of $31.8M this season.

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MLB, Players Agree Upon New Five-Year Collective Bargaining Agreement
The new agreement averts a potential lockout of the players that would have frozen baseball's hot stove and pulled the plug on the major league portion of next week's winter meetings.

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Jeurys Familia's Wife Wants Charges Dropped
The wife of Mets closer Jeurys Familia wants the assault charge against her husband dropped.

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Jeurys Familia Arrested On Alleged Domestic Violence Charge
Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia allegedly caused a scratch to the chest and a bruise to the right cheek of the accuser.

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Hector Olivera Found Guilty Of Assault, Sentenced To Jail
Hector Olivera was found guilty on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge in a Virginia courtroom and was ordered to serve 10 days in jail on Thursday.

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Edwin Encarnacion Accused Of Battery By Woman
Edwin Encarnacion is facing a civil suit from a woman who claims that he knowingly infected her with sexually transmitted diseases, according to TMZ.

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Darryl Strawberry Trying To Save Dwight Gooden
Darryl Strawberry believes Dwight Gooden has relapsed into drug use and wants to get him to go for help.

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Pete Rose Files Lawsuit Against John Dowd
Pete Rose filed a defamation lawsuit today against John Dowd who led the investigation that led to Rose's ban from baseball.

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Air Force Issues Apology To Derek Jeter Over Posting
An active-duty member of the Air Force had posted a photo on Facebook of a citation that Derek Jeter received on July 4.

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Jung Ho Kang Investigated For Alleged Sexual Assault
Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang is considered a "person of interest" in an allegation of sexual assault.

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Police Cite Man Who Threw Bottle At Ryan Howard
A man accused of throwing a beer bottle at Ryan Howard during a game earlier this month has been cited for disorderly conduct, according to police.

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