Monday, June 25, 2018
Sports

Marlins confirm sale

MIAMI — Marlins president David Samson said a signed agreement has been submitted to Major League Baseball to sell the franchise to a group that includes former Yankees captain and Tampa resident Derek Jeter, and the team expects to close the deal in early October.

The MLB ownership committee will review the transaction Wednesday at an owners' meeting in Chicago, Samson said Saturday. He anticipates owners will approve the deal in September.

Jeter plans to be a limited partner in the group led by venture capitalist Bruce Sherman, who will be the controlling owner. Jeter will be in charge of the business and baseball operations, Samson said.

Goodbye, eyesore?

The sculpture behind the centerfield wall at Marlins Park will likely be removed after the sale of the team is completed, FanRag Sports reported. The $2.5 million Red Grooms sculpture has been highly criticized since it was unveiled in 2012.

Harper injured

Nationals RF Bryce Harper, a leading NL MVP candidate, left the game against the Giants in the first inning with what appeared to be a serious left knee injury. Harper fell, clutching his knee, when he hit the first base bag awkwardly while trying to beat out a ground ball. He was helped off the field without putting any weight on his leg. There was no immediate word on the nature of the injury.

Cat people

The Cardinals announced a Rally Cat Night promotion for their Sept. 10 game against the Pirates. A cat trotted on the field Wednesday with St. Louis trailing the Royals 5-4. Yadier Molina hit a grand slam on the next pitch.

Extras

. The Brewers and Mets agreed to a trade that will send 2B Neil Walker to Milwaukee, Fox Sports reported.

. The Yankees put RHP Masahiro Tanaka on the 10-day disabled list because of shoulder inflammation. Also, New York LHP Jordan Montgomery is expected to start tonight after being hit in the head by a flyball during batting practice.

. The Rockies signed 1B Ryan Howard to a minor-league contract. Howard was released by the Braves in May.

. Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia is on the disabled list for the third time because of knee trouble.

. Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg, out since late July with a right elbow nerve impingement, is set to make a minor-league rehab start Monday at Class A Potomac.

Comments
Lightning makes qualifying offers to four restricted free agents

Lightning makes qualifying offers to four restricted free agents

Three days after Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he hoped to re-sign all of the team's restricted free agents, the team issued qualifying offers to all four players, including forwards J.T. Miller and Cedric Paquette.By issuing the quali...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
For starters: Rays vs. Nationals, with Snell looking to keep things rolling

For starters: Rays vs. Nationals, with Snell looking to keep things rolling

UPDATE, 3:25: RHP Austin Pruitt was called up to replace Jonny Venters, who went on the DL with a hamstring strain.UPDATE, 2:55: The Rays indeed are giving INF Daniel Robertson his first start in the outfield tonight, and with Johnny Field sitting ou...
Updated: 1 hour ago
USF athletic director search nearing its end

USF athletic director search nearing its end

TAMPA — The search for USF's next athletic director is nearing its end.Search committee chair William Sutton said he hopes to submit a candidate to president Judy Genshaft later this week with a hire likely coming by July 4. Sutton did not...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa Bay’s ‘Fabulous Sports Babe’ voted into National Radio Hall of Fame

Tampa Bay’s ‘Fabulous Sports Babe’ voted into National Radio Hall of Fame

Tampa Bay resident Nanci Donnellan, long known to radio listeners as "The Fabulous Sports Babe," has been voted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.Donnellan,the first woman to ever host a nationally syndicated sports talk radio program,&#...
Updated: 2 hours ago
USF considering former Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long

USF considering former Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long

While Tom Jurich remains the preferred choice among several prominent USF boosters (and some coaches) for the Bulls' athletic director gig, our intel has revealed another former Power Five AD also is getting a serious look.Jeff Long, who spent nearly...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Ex-Bucs DE Keith McCants arrested, facing cocaine charge

Ex-Bucs DE Keith McCants arrested, facing cocaine charge

Former Alabama star and Bucs defensive end Keith McCants was arrested in St. Petersburg early Monday morning and is facing a felony charge of possession of crack cocaine, according to arrest records.McCants, 50, was arrested by the Pinellas County Sh...
Updated: 4 hours ago
No Tropicana Field return for Evan Longoria in 2019

No Tropicana Field return for Evan Longoria in 2019

The Rays take their once-every-three- years turn playing NL West teams in 2019. But, based on an early draft of the schedule, won't get to welcome back traded franchise cornerstone 3B Evan Longoria.The Rays will face Longoria's new team, the Giants, ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Tampa’s Aric Almirola is already close to passing Danica Patrick

Tampa’s Aric Almirola is already close to passing Danica Patrick

When Tampa's Aric Almirola took over Danica Patrick's ride at Stewart-Haas Racing, he knew one of two things would happen."I'm either going to go out and be successful," Almirola said before the start of the NASCAR season, "or I'm not."So far, he has...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Witness says Jameis Winston was unruly and alone in Uber

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Witness says Jameis Winston was unruly and alone in Uber

Tom Jones joins the podcast to talk about Jameis Winston's reported three-game suspension, as information from another witness has come out saying Winston was unruly and in the Uber by himself during the evening in question.Plus, the Rays sweep the b...
Updated: 6 hours ago
What name would a new Rays stadium carry? It’s a multi-million dollar question

What name would a new Rays stadium carry? It’s a multi-million dollar question

TAMPA — Yankee Stadium, Fenway and Wrigley are ballparks whose names are woven into the lore of America’s national pastime.Petco Park and Guaranteed Rate Field? Not so much.The trade-off for that clunky corporate handle is typically an annual payout ...
Updated: 10 hours ago