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Jeb Bush tried to buy the Marlins, but Jeffrey Loria turned him down

Feb 6, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has an interesting little tidbit about former Florida governor Jeb Bush trying to buy the Marlins and getting rejected by owner Jeffrey Loria:

According to a source, Bush made a “large offer” to buy the team this offseason, but Loria told him he’s not selling. A second source said Bush had put together a group of wealthy investors, with Venezuelan media mogul Gustavo Cisneros among possibilities mentioned.

Bush and Cisneros declined to comment when asked by Jackson, who speculates that Bush would have been CEO and managing partner of the Marlins if a sale went through. His brother, former president George W. Bush, was managing partner of the Texas Rangers once upon a time.

And then there’s this, from Jackson: “A longtime official in MLB’s offices said MLB always has hoped the Marlins would someday have an owner with deeper pockets than Loria.”

On the list of problems with Loria as Marlins owner I’d say “deep pockets” probably isn’t near the top.

  1. uwsptke - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Well, by the looks of their inactions MLB seems to be determined to deepen those pockets as much as possible.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:00 AM

      at least Loria doesn’t get much of the Yankee luxury tax money anymore to stuff his pockets

  2. danaking - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Why would Loria sell? He’s taking a fortune out of that franchise.

  3. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Looks like two guys who just had a couple beer and few lines
    Good times

    • purnellmeagrejr - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      great picture; hard to believe Jeb is suppposed to be “the smart one.”

  4. paint771 - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    I miss the Expos. 😦

  5. Old Gator - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Great photo – that was at a family barbecue the day Congress authorized the invasion of Iraq, I think.

    Well, I guess Jeb figures that if his idiot older brother used the Rangers as a stepping stone to the White House, he could use the Feesh as a stepping stone to the White House.

    And Jeb was supposed to be the smarter one.

    • stercuilus65 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      Nothing like throwing stones from the short bus…

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:07 PM

        It’s funny because of mentally challenged people.

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:28 PM

        Oh wait. I forgot the crippleds too.

        Does this bus have a lift? Because then it is extra funny.

      • Old Gator - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:41 AM

        Then again, my bus never took us into a war of lies and corruption that saw a half a million innocent people get killed. But then, as you point out, it was a short bus – no room underneath for racks for smart bombs.

      • barrywhererufrom - Feb 7, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        Old gator you hypocrite you must be real upset about Obama using those drone strikes killing American stoogies on the left amaze me..nothing but hypocrisy when it comes to the supporters of obama

    • Kevin S. - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      Or maybe he’s a rich dude who really loves baseball? Whatever else you want to say about the Bushes, they’re huge baseball people.

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:18 PM

        You’re going to say we can say whatever we want about the Bushes and then set up a line like “They’re huge (fill-in-the-blank) people”?

        Are you trying to break the internet?

    • indaburg - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      I’m no fan of Bush, but our current reptilian governor makes me miss ole Jeb.

      He couldn’t possibly be a worse owner than Loria. Could he?

      • Old Gator - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:39 AM

        Sure he could. He could be a crummy owner and a mass murderer someday if he really wants to follow in his corrupt, idiotic brother’s footsteps.

      • indaburg - Feb 7, 2013 at 8:25 AM

        True. For all of Loria’s faults, I don’t think being a mass murderer is among them. At least, not yet…

      • stercuilus65 - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:06 PM

        I bet old farter sits on his porch all day yelling at clouds…

        God bless the challenged people..

  6. csilojohnson - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:08 PM


    • proudlycanadian - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      If you are that horny, there are some real live beavers in the Canadian woods that you could try.

      • thehighcountrybear - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:20 PM

        re beavers…you appear to have local knowledge…?

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:25 PM

        Just the city dwellers.

    • dcarroll73 - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      Can I have dibs on Jenna? (I’ll pass on the kind Canadian offer.)

  7. cackalackyank - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    I heard that the real reason Loria would not sell to Bush is because the offer was printed on punch card ballots and some the chads were left dangling, so it was not clear how much was being offered for the team.

    • boukengreen - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      that was funny don’t care which party you are affiliated with

    • stercuilus65 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      that was lame,don’t care which party you are affiliated with

  8. brianabbe - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Anything to get rid of Loria. I wish the league would force this sale like they did with McCourt. Pretty sure it’s not hard to justify exercising the “best interests of the game” clause.

  9. hojo20 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Great photo.

  10. thehighcountrybear - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    So where’s Curly…?

  11. cosanostra71 - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Too bad for the Marlins’ fans. They need a new owner.

    • Old Gator - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      Yeah, but a Bush? No thanks. I’d prefer to drink the poison to which I’ve already developed something of an immunity.

      • barrywhererufrom - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        Maybe Obama could by the Marlins..rev Sharpton could be the public relations guy. Biden could be the GM and he could have Bill Ayers his friend and convicted terrorist as manager. As far as I am concerned Bush had his failures but not like the current occupant in the White House!

      • stercuilus65 - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:08 PM

        Judging from your rambling moronic posts I’d say you need to cut back on your drinking.

  12. eagles512 - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Wish the Bushes were back in the White House that’s for sure.

    • dcarroll73 - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Bite your tongue! Was it two separate horrible head injuries that made you completely forget the years 1989-1992 AND 2001-2008??? Try Bon Jovi therapy – listen to “Livin’ on a Prayer” until you understand what the FIRST Bush recession was like. Next quit your job and spend away ALL of your retirement savings – then you will understand what the Great Recession (AKA Lesser Depression) is like. “Kids! What’s the matter with kids today!”

      • stlouis1baseball - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        Thanks for the reminder Carroll! Great years you referenced there. Well done.

        Similarly…what Eagles said. Cause’ you folks haven’t seen anything yet!
        Be very careful what you wish for. You just might get it!

    • forsch31 - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Why would I wish for the measles when I have the chicken pox?

  13. iamjimmyjack - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Thank god. I’d hate to have to see the bush brothers ten or more times a year.

  14. mtheparrothead - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    As opposed to our current pres who can’t name 5 guys on his “favorite team”

  15. thehighcountrybear - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    It be great to have a Bush back in the White House…he could tack-on another three trillion dollars in war debt while scourging the world of enemies to Big Oil and Bush family oil interests in Western Iraq. Then, blame the debt on his successor and the Democrats generally…oh say can you seeeee, by the dawn’s early heist?

    • cosanostra71 - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      When has former President Bush blamed the debt on President Obama? If anything, President Bush has gone to great lengths to not only stay out of the public limelight, but to be careful not to be critical of President Obama. He has specifically stated that he wanted to avoid being to his successors what President Carter was to him- a pain in the ass.

      • Old Gator - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:45 AM

        If I had done the kind of job Bush had done, and left a mass of the magnitude Bush left us, I’d keep my mouth shut and stay on my ranch too.

      • stlouis1baseball - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        Cosanostra: Don’t muddy the waters with facts.
        If it isn’t what ur HBT bretheran wants to see/hear…then you are just plain wrong!

      • gloccamorra - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:10 PM

        I think you meant President Clinton, before Dubya, Not Bush Senior. President Carter HAS actually been a pain to just about everyone who has followed him in the Oval Office, or the Oh-Oh as they call it inside the beltway.

  16. eagles512 - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Cosanostra is right-Obama is the one who plays the blame game and can’t admit he’s in way over his head.

    • cosanostra71 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      I’m not making a judgment on either of their presidencies (to be honest I don’t care for either of them), but it’s just a matter of fact that President Bush has gone out of his way to avoid criticizing President Obama.

    • Old Gator - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      Problem is, Obama is right – he was left a mess it will take at least two more administrations to fix, and that’s being – ahem – conservative. Nothing wrong with blaming the actual culprit.

      • jikkle49 - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        Bush was the best thing to happen to Obama.

        He can keep pouring gasoline on the fire all the while use the “blame previous administration card” to deflect blame from himself.

      • cosanostra71 - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        If he’s right, why is he continuing the same policies as his predecessor?

        Look, blame Bush all you want for what he did during his presidency, but there’s really no point in making things up about what he’s doing after. His presidency is over thankfully, just move on.

      • stlouis1baseball - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        I call bullshit Gator.

      • barrywhererufrom - Feb 7, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        Again gator Obama has acquired more debt in his four years then Bush did in eight. Obama is a failure and like the fool that you are you still blame Bush. Their is no hope for fools like yourself

  17. mojosmagic - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    When Loria is done sodomizing the city and not a moment sooner he will sell.

  18. eagles512 - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Obama is making Bush look like Lincoln. His constant lying and reversing is a joke.

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