The saga of the potential sale of the Miami Marlins is ongoing, but team president David Samson did clear up a few questions surrounding it during a press conference Friday. Most notably, Samson confirmed that the Joshua Kushner-led group is officially out on a potential sale.
Previously, that group had come under fire after reports that the Donald Trump White House was considering naming current team owner Jeffrey Loria as Ambassador to France. Trump’s daughter Ivanka is married to Kushner’s brother, Jared, creating what some see as a conflict of interest surrounding the sale.
On the topic of a possible ambassadorship, Samson said Loria is “honored” to be considered.
Samson also said, regarding the still-up-in-the-air sale of the team, that while talks are over with Kushner, “many groups” remain involved. The Marlins continue to listen to such groups with “greater interest” after what Samson described as a “confluence of events.”
Loria became the owner of the Marlins in 2003, the same year the team won its second and most-recent World Series, defeating the New York Yankees in six games. The team, however, has not been to the postseason since that World Series win, winning no more than 87 games in any season since. Miami is in the midst of a seven-season streak of finishing below .500, including a 79-82 record in 2016.
The Marlins have also been struggling to draw fans; in 2016, their average of 21,405 fans per game ranked 27th out of 30 teams. They ranked 28th the year prior, and have finished in the bottom-five in baseball every year since 2013 following a small bump in 2012 with the opening of their new stadium.