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After leading his group in a successful bid for the Miami Marlins, Derek Jeter has agreed to terms with Jeffrey Loria to buy the team for $1.2 billion.
While the transaction is not yet complete, Jeter already reportedly has big plans for the franchise, with some moves happening outside of roster adjustments.
According to a report from Jon Heyman at FanRag Sports, Jeter’s group may look to get started on removing the controversial home run sculpture that currently stands in Marlins Park.
One thing someone connected to the Jeter group has suggested will likely go: the home run sculpture in left-center field that was designed by artist Red Grooms and has been the subject of controversy.
The sculpture was highly featured in the run up to the debut of the new park, and always had its share of both defenders and haters. Too some, it was a kitschy piece of baseball lore that made Marlins Park unique. For others, it was an eyesore that didn’t belong anywhere close to the sport of baseball.
If given 50 years or so of baseball history to happen in its midst, the statue would undoubtedly be involved in enough moments that even the most hardened baseball heart would have to admire in to some degree. But if this report turns out to be true, Jeter and his group might decide that the Marlins are better going forward without it.
According to the Miami Herald, sale agreement might not be officially complete until October.