Noted philosopher Taylor Swift once opined that two is better than one; that realization must’ve dawned upon Jeb Bush and Derek Jeter as the two have decided to work together to acquire the Miami Marlins rather than go at it separately, according to Douglas Hanks of the Miami Herald.
BREAKING: Jeb Bush and Derek Jeter reportedly teaming up in pursuit of Miami Marlins. https://t.co/vELDQ2WbqB— Doug Hanks (@doug_hanks) April 19, 2017
Bush of course is from a famed political family with his father and brother both serving as president. No slouch in the political arena himself, Jeb recently ran (unsuccessfully) for president but is perhaps more well known in Floridian parts for his stint as the governor from 1999 to 2007. His brother George also co-owned the Texas Rangers at one point during the ‘90s.
Derek Jeter is the recently retired Yankee Captain, playing all 20 seasons in pinstripes. A sure-fire Hall of Famer, Jeter makes his home in Tampa, Florida, and has long expressed interest in owning a team, according to current Marlins manager Don Mattingly.
Also briefly mentioned in Hanks’ article is a second interested party, New York financier Wayne Rothbaum, “manager” of Quogue Capital.
News broke in early February that Jeffrey Loria had a handshake agreement to sell the team; this arrangement turned out to be with a group that had close ties with current president Donald Trump. That, and a report that Loria was in consideration for the ambassadorship of France, eventually scuffled the deal, but the team apparently remained on the market with as many as four distinct groups in pursuit at one point.