In 2012, as the face of a Dodgers ownership group that had bought the team from
Jeter might stand at a Marlins Park news conference someday soon and say much the same thing, substituting the name of
A group led by Jeter and former Florida Gov.
If the Marlins finalize a deal with the Jeter-
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the league must be assured a new ownership group has the money to buy the team and additional money to operate it successfully.
“There are multiple groups interested in acquiring the Marlins,” Manfred said at the Chicago Cubs-
Jeter, who lives in Florida, could be the face of a baseball revival in South Florida, in the same way Johnson was the face of a Dodgers revival after his group — with Guggenheim Partners' Mark Walter as the money man — bought the team from McCourt.
At the time, the Dodgers had fallen out of the top 10 in the major leagues in payroll and attendance. The Dodgers have led the majors in both categories in each of four full seasons under Guggenheim ownership.
The Marlins have not reached the playoffs since 2003 and have not had a winning season since 2009.
Loria is not well regarded in Miami, in part because of the Marlins' poor performance and in part because he persuaded Florida legislators to use tax dollars on the Marlins' ballpark based on what were later shown to be misstatements about the financial condition of the team.
Bush is expected to be the controlling partner of the Marlins if the group is approved, according to the Herald. Bush’s brother, President George W. Bush, once owned the
The Associated Press contributed to this report.