Everyone thinks Jeb Bush should have presidential ambitions, but apparently last summer he was more interested in another one of his brother's old jobs: Major League Baseball team owner. According to the Miami Herald'
s Barry Jackson, Bush put together a group of investors and tried to buy the Marlins from Jeffrey Loria over the summer.
According to a source, Bush made a "large offer" to buy the team this offseason, but Loria told him he's not selling. A second source said Bush had put together a group of wealthy investors, with Venezuelan media mogul Gustavo Cisneros among possibilities mentioned. Cisneros declined to discuss the Marlins in an e-mail.
Jackson also adds that Bush was just one of a half-dozen people who have approached Loria about possibly buying the team. Loria may be widely regarded as the worst owner in the league, but he apparently has no interest in getting out of the game. Apparently he "loves owning a team," even if the people who should theoretically make up that team's fan base hate him with a burning passion.
No word on how involved Bush would be if he had become part of the ownership group. His brother George W. was managing general partner of the Texas Rangers for a while, despite owning a relatively small portion of the team (that ownership group, oddly enough, also included Rick Scott before he became governor).
Jeb Bush isn't a ridiculously wealthy man. He's admitted to losing money during the economic downturn and has cited his desire to secure his family's financial future as a reason for not jumping into any presidential races. So it seems as if he might have been a figurehead for the group and a potential managing partner.
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