Barry Jackson

Jose statue in question; Stanton perspective; A-Rod’s Marlins flirting

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, who has agreed to sell the team to Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, who has agreed to sell the team to Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter Getty Images

A quick six-pack of Marlins notes on a Wednesday morning:

• The planned statue to honor Jose Fernandez, which was departing owner Jeffrey Loria’s idea, is now very much in question because it will not be erected before Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter take over, and it will ultimately be the new owners’ call.

That matter has not yet been discussed, with the sale agreed to only in the past few days.

Loria’s idea for a statue for Fernandez drew some praise but also some criticism because toxicology reports found alcohol and cocaine in Fernandez’s system at the time of his fatal boat crash that killed Fernandez and two others.

• Despite suggestions that Sherman and Jeter might remove the Marlins’ home-run sculpture, it’s apparently not entirely the new owners’ call. The sculpture is part of Miami-Dade County’s art-in-public-places installation.

So this is not as simple as the owners unilaterally deciding to remove it, even if they want to.

(By the way, the Sherman/Jeter group is still making calls to add cash because they would like to ideally replace some of Michael Dell’s preferred stock investment with cash. But the Marlins strongly believe their financial bid is fine regardless.)

• Two sources close to Wayne Rothbaum’s group that bid on the Marlins insist that Alex Rodriguez expressed some interest in joining their group late in the process, but by that point, Sherman and Jeter had emerged as the front-runners.

Samson elaborated on the Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria's plans to place a bronze sculpture of Jose Fernandez outside Marlins Park later this year.

That would have pitted A-Rod against his friend and former teammate Jeter.

Rothbaum had a real chance to land the team not very long ago, but one of his investors who had pledged $200 million then indicated - to everyone’s surprise - that he couldn’t come up with the money. That essentially doomed the group’s chances.

• A note from Elias on Giancarlo Stanton, who hit his 44th homer on Tuesday: His 11 homers in August match the highest total through the first 15 days of a month; the others with 11 through the 15th were Ralph Kiner (September 1949), Sammy Sosa (June 1998) and Troy Tulowitzki (September 2010).

Stanton has hit 23 home runs over his last 35 games, something only three other players have done within one season in major-league history. Sammy Sosa hit 25 homers over 35 games in 1998, Barry Bonds had 24 in 2001 and Mark McGwire hit 23 in 1999.

• Marlins prospect Tyler Kolek, who has a 29.45 ERA in five appearances as he tries to come back from Tommy John surgery, is now back on the disabled list. Kolek, selected second overall in the 2014 draft, had 14 walks and one strikeout in just 3 2/3 innings for the Marlins’ Gulf Coast League team this season.

• But Marlins third base prospect Brian Anderson is on fire. He’s hitting .340 with seven homers and 21 RBI in 26 games since his promotion to Triple A New Orleans. He’s hitting .444 in his last 10 games.

Anderson likely will get every chance to win the third base job if the Marlins succeed in trading Martin Prado this winter. Prado is due $13.5 in 2018, $15 million in 2019.

Here’s my Wednesday post with media notes, including lots of NFL changes at CBS and Fox, Dolphins’ announcing assignments for the first four weeks, and the Heat being slighted.