1 year ago
A Bush is getting into baseball again—and he’s getting on base with help from a sure-fire Hall of Famer.
A group of investors, led by for New York Yankees star Derek Jeter, who will be eligible for induction into the Hall in 2020, and former governor of Florida Jeb Bush, have put in a winning bid to purchase Major League Baseball team the Miami Marlins.
Bloomberg first reported on the deal, which is said to be worth $1.3 billion.
As politicos and baseball fans alike know, this isn’t the first time a Bush has owned a MLB team: Back in the ’80s and ’90s, Bush’s brother George W. owned the Texas Rangers (under his watch, Ivan Rodriguez would get his start; Rodriguez is part of this year’s Hall of Fame class).
Hopefully, Jeter and the former Republican presidential hopeful can breathe some life into the franchise, which has had pathetic attendance totals in recent years. The team has also been guilty of mediocre play, despite having one of the best young power-hitters in the game in Giancarlo Stanton, and having won a pair of world champion rings since its inception in ’93.
The team is also still dealing with the emotional fallout of the death of ace pitcher Jose Fernandez, who perished in a drug-involved boating crash last season.
This reunites first-time owner Jeter with former teammate (and one of the greatest hitters in the world) Ichiro Suzuki, who is currently on the team. Jeter also shared the diamond with Marlin’s reliever David Phelps.
Below, watch some highlights from the Miami Marlins (they really do have potential; they’re currently in second place).