New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter and former presidential candidate Jeb Bush are reportedly teaming up in an attempt to buy the Miami Marlins.
Jeter, who retired from baseball in 2014 after a 20-year career, and Bush, who was one of the many, many Republicans to lose to President Donald Trump for the GOP nomination last year, were each separately looking at buying the team. Now, they are forming a somewhat-unlikely alliance, according to a report by the Miami Herald:
The former Florida governor and retired New York Yankees star once were rivals for the Major League Baseball franchise but now have teamed up to try and buy the team, the sources said. They are competing against a New York financier named Wayne Rothbaum, manager of Quogue Capital, a source close to the situation said. It is not known if other would-be suitors of the Marlins remain in the hunt.
The two both live in Florida: Bush, the state’s governor from 1999-2007, in Coral Gables, and Jeter in Tampa. Bush’s brother, President George W. Bush, is former co-owner of the Texas Rangers, so the family has some experience in baseball ownership.
It is unclear whom else will be involved in the bid, but the Jeter/Bush team definitely has the most name appeal out there. Marlins fans would also probably welcome Jeter and Bush buying from Jeffrey Loria, who is despised by area fans, and considered among the worst owners in sports.