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New Marlins owners to replace Samson, source says

Miami Marlins president David Samson talks during end-of-year press conference at Marlins Park on Wed., Oct. 5, 2016 in Miami.
Miami Marlins president David Samson talks during end-of-year press conference at Marlins Park on Wed., Oct. 5, 2016 in Miami. dsantiago@elnuevoherald.com

David Samson, the loquacious and occasionally polarizing president of the Marlins for the past 15 years, will be looking for a new job when new owners take over the franchise.

A source said prospective owners Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter have informed the league they do not intend to retain Samson if their bid to buy the franchise is approved. Their application is currently being reviewed by league owners and could be finalized before the end of the season in September.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday that Sherman informed him Jeter would run day-to-day operations.

Samson became the most visible of all Marlins executives over the years, more so than owner Jeffrey Loria. He was at the forefront of the team’s successful bid to secure public financing for a new ballpark, which opened in 2012.

He squabbled with local politicians, as well as agent Scott Boras. Samson has one year left on his contract that reportedly will pay him $5 million.

Samson was also active in philanthropic endeavors and this winter plans to lead a contingent of Marlins officials, who will run marathons on seven continents in seven days to benefit multiple charities.

Samson, 49, served on various league committees, including one that examined ways to speed up the game. In 2014, he appeared on the CBS series “Survivor” and was the first contestant voted out.

ESPN’s Dan Le Batard was first to report that Samson would be replaced.

A group led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter submitted its plan to league owners to buy the club for $1.2 billion.

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