Dillon Peters pitched 5.2 innings of shutout baseball to earn his first career win as Giancarlo Stanton provided the fireworks with two moonshots to become the first player since 2001 to hit 59 home runs in a season. The first home run was the definition of a no-doubter (422 feet, 109.2 mph exit velocity) until the second traveled 467 feet at a velocity of 118.7 mph.
Marlins President David Samson signed-off with the media last night, expressing regret that the Marlins did not win more during his tenure, and hope for the future of the franchise in the hands of Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman. Don Mattingly is looking forward to the prospect of building a successful team for years to come under the new ownership.
While Jeter is being painted as the Marlins’ savior, tough decisions will have to be made first before he can put this team on the path to a World Series championship, and Marlins supporters cannot blame him for it.
The financial structure of the franchise once the sale is complete will include $400 million in debt.
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