NEW YORK -- If Jeffrey Loria is feeling melancholy about selling the team he’s owned for 15 years, he wasn’t expressing it Saturday after standing behind the batting cage at Citi Field and watching the Marlins take batting practice.
“I have no sad feelings whatsoever,” Loria said. “I love this game.”
Loria’s tenure is down to just over a month. He has an agreement in place to sell the team to a group led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter for $1.2 million -- a deal that could close in early October.
He didn’t have much to say to reporters Saturday, providing only a few sound bites as he walked back to the safety and seclusion of the clubhouse after he watched the Marlins take batting practice for one of the last times.
Asked what compelled him to sell the team, Loria replied: “Very personal reasons, I don’t want to discuss. Very.”
He didn’t elaborate.
Nor did he shed much light on whether he intends to remain involved in the sport after he steps away from the Marlins.
“Haven’t given it any thought. No thought,” Loria said. “Those kinds of things eventually define themselves.”
Loria acknowledged he’s been pleased with the recent play of his team, which has gone 42-31 since May 28, the fifth-best record in the Majors during that stretch.
They entered the day Saturday seven games out in the Wild Card race.
“It’s been great,” Loria said. “They’ve been great since the end of May. I’d like to wipe May off the map, or off the calendar. They control their own destiny now, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed.”
And with that, Loria said, “I don’t want to talk anymore” before walking down the dugout steps into the clubhouse.