The Miami Marlins have plenty of money, had a very successful offseason and have received lots of positive fan reaction in recent months, Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter said Monday, despite public belief to the contrary. And, Sherman added, he’s happy to be here. “Finally, it’s spring training,” said Sherman, the Marlins’ chairman and principal owner. “I’m a rookie too.” Sherman spoke prior to the team’s first full-squad workout of spring training at their Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex. Flanked by Jeter, the CEO and face of their ownership group that bought the team from Jeffrey Loria at the end of last season, Sherman made just his second public appearance since the sale closed — and first since their Oct. 3 introductory news conference. With the same happy-go-lucky tone he had that first day, Sherman painted an optimistic picture of the Marlins’ long-term future, one he hopes includes sustainable success. To Sherman, the Marlins are already on their way. Through its first four-plus months under new ownership, the team has traded four star players — Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich and Dee Gordon — as it embarked on a roster rebuild. The Marlins have also taken a few PR hits after moves that have little to no effect on how the franchise operates, such as firing four special assistants/franchise luminaries and a hospitalized scout.
Marlins owner: Jeter & Co. have ‘the right moves;’ franchise is ‘very sophisticated, well-heeled, financially set’
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Feb 20