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    Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has reached an agreement to sell the team to a group of investors that includes New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, according to a report from the Miami Herald on Tuesday afternoon. >> Read more trending news There are 'other details to be worked out,' but that deal would have to be approved by Major League Baseball, according to an MLB source. The source told the Herald that Bush and Jeter's group has agreed to pay $1.3 billion for the team. Though both the Marlins and the purchasing group are confident that the deal will get done, the actual process could take months to finalize. The MLB source suggested that Bush, who recently ran for the Republican nomination for president, plans to be the Marlins’ “control person,” or the individual who would have ultimate control over franchise decisions. The report suggests that Jeter, too, will have an active role with the team. This news comes just hours after Marlins president David Samson ripped to shreds a Forbes magazine report suggesting that the Bush/Jeter group was the only one interested in buying the team. Forbes had reported earlier in the day that another potential ownership group — this one including Tagg Romney, son of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine was out of the running to buy the Marlins. “As with most things published by Forbes regarding the Miami Marlins,” Samson told the Herald, “this most recent story is also inaccurate. There are inaccuracies contained in each paragraph.”
  • On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers. >> Read more trending news The Dodgers had opened the 1947 season at home against the Boston Braves, and 26,623 fans attended the game at Ebbets Field. Robinson went 0-for-3 in his debut, won 5-3 by the Dodgers. He made the game’s first putout, receiving a throw from third base rookie Spider Jorgensen to retire Boston leadoff hitter Dick Culler.  Despite the inauspicious debut, Robinson would play in 151 games. He hit .297 and won the first Rookie of the Year Award. He led the National League in stolen bases with 29 and collected 175 hits as the Dodgers reached the World Series. Robinson was the first black player in the major leagues since Moses Fleet Walker played 42 games for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association in 1884. It was Walker’s only year in the majors, and no black had been on a major-league roster until Robinson debuted in 1947.  Robinson would play 10 seasons, mostly at second base. He finished with a career average of .311. He played in six World Series for the Dodgers and retired after the 1956 season. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. Twenty years ago today, baseball retired Robinson’s No. 42, in a dramatic announcement madeat Shea Stadium in New York by Commissioner Bud Selig, who was flanked by Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson; and President Bill Clinton.
  • Adventurous Mariners fans can enjoy a crunchy new treat while watching games at Safeco Field this season. A concession stand will offer toasted grasshoppers, tossed in chili lime salt. A cup of the bugs will sell for $4, according to ESPN. >> Read more trending news The stand will be operated by Poquitos, a Seattle-based Mexican restaurant. The bugs are popular snacks in Mexico, according to ESPN. The toasted grasshoppers are gluten-free, according to Poquitos, and full of protein, giving them a healthy edge over more traditional ballpark fare, like hot dogs. Check out the other wacky fare being served up at ballparks across the country this season.
  • St. Louis Cardinals’ outfielder Stephen Piscotty left Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night after he was hit by three baseballs in one trip around the bases.  >> Read more trending news A video posted to Twitter shows the three times when Piscotty was hit ― first at bat, then as he ran to second and again when he ran home.  Piscotty was hit twice in the elbow, but the last hit to the head forced him out of the game, USA Today reported. He cleared concussion protocol and was cleared to play, ESPN reported, but Wednesday’s game against the Cubs was postponed due to rain. Piscotty went 0-for-2 in Thursday night’s 6-4 loss to Chicago.  Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Piscotty said the final blow “just stunned me.” “It wasn’t like I lost consciousness,” he said. “I was fine.”
  • Each season, Major League Baseball stadiums across the country unveil the latest and greatest gut-busters. >> Read more trending news The 2017 season is no exception. From wacky hot dogs and  spicy burgers to a cookie cart, there’s something on the menu to satisfy every baseball fan’s appetite.
  • When bees swarm, it’s best to hit the deck. >> Read more trending news During a bizarre scene in Peoria, Ariz., members of the Rockies and Padres took cover during the ninth inning of Colorado’s 10-5 victory against San Diego. Padres pitcher Trey Wingenter stepped off the mound when the horde hit, and then the 6-foot-7 right-hander dropped to a knee. Rockies batter Daniel Castro quickly followed suit, along with plate umpire Alex Tosi. The broadcast picked up someone yelling, 'Bees! Bees!'  The players stayed down for about 10 seconds, and fans gave them a cheer when they finally stood up. 'I saw something happen over here as all the players got on the ground,' Padres manager Bud Black told The Associated Press. 'It was reminiscent of Petco Park a few years ago when a beekeeper had to come down from the left-field corner. That was about a 20-30 minute delay.
  • Eight members of the Los Angeles Angels’ pitching staff combined for a no-hitter Friday night — thanks to three diving stops in the ninth inning — in a 4-0 victory against the Seattle Mariners. >> Read more trending news Angels defenders made three great defensive plays as 24-year-old Abel De Los Santos closed out the game, The Associated Press reported. First baseman C.J. Cron dived to his right for a grounder for the first out, right fielder Shane Robinson left his feet for a fly ball for the second out and then third baseman Sherman Johnson ended the game by sprawling to his left for a grounder and throwing to first. 'That defense was unbelievable,' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. 'C.J. and Robbie in right field and Sherm at third base, that's a good way to cap off a good night, with some plays like that.' Starter Bud Norris struck out two in two perfect innings, and Jose Alvarez followed with a perfect inning. Jean Segura reached on catcher interference against Cam Bedrosian in the fourth, and then Andrew Bailey threw a perfect fifth. Austin Adams walked Zach Shank during the sixth inning, and then Drew Gagnon, Justin Anderson and De Los Santos ended the game with a perfect inning each. 'It's fun for the kids,' Scioscia said. 'De Los Santos, all those kids. They've all been in camp for a long time now. I think the way it happened. You see C.J. making a great pay and Robbie and then Sherm at third, that'll be a fun night for those guys.
  • Former Heisman Trophy winner, and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow will be headed to the Palmetto state to begin his minor league baseball career in April. He’s been assigned to the Columbia Fireflies, a Class A affiliate of the New York Mets. 'No one works harder than Tim did this Spring,' said Mets manager Terry Collins in an interview today with Marc Carig from Newsday. 'He was a pleasure to have around. What he wants is to improve. I'm sure he'll be a great influence on the kids in Columbia and the fans will enjoy watching him play.'  'Tim Tebow will bring major excitement and national attention to the Fireflies and city of Columbia,' said Fireflies President John Katz. 'Baseball fans, sports fans and Tim Tebow fans will likely come from around the southeast to see him play. His number 15 jersey could be a best-seller. Tebow will continue with the Mets in spring training at the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, before breaking camp during the first week of April.
  • The late Marlins pitching ace Jose Fernandez would be a father of a baby girl today if he had survived a September boat crash off Miami Beach. Fernandez’s girlfriend, Maria Arias, gave birth Friday night to Penelope, with whom she was pregnant when Fernandez died Sept. 25, The Miami Herald reported. >>Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has died Fernandez, who was 24 when he died, chose his daughter’s name last summer when he and Arias learned they were expecting, the Miami Herald said.
  • Athletes seem to be taking up some odd stances lately. If you thought Kyrie Irving's comments about the Earth being flat were out there, wait until you see what Jose Canseco has been tweeting today. >> Read more trending stories Canseco, a 52-year-old former Major League Baseball player who has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs while hitting 462 big-league home runs, apparently is a believer in the idea robots are going to take over the world. He began sharing this belief around midday with the statement, 'The robot threat is being taken to (sic) lightly.' The robot threat is being taken to lightly— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) February 20, 2017 Robots will not attack and kill us physically like in the movies— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) February 20, 2017 For 60 years Robots have been systematically destroying us in clandestine economy based war started when eniac was turned on— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) February 20, 2017 Already today a fully robotized factory reduces human jobs 90% and increases production 250% and reduces defects 80% while doubling profit— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) February 20, 2017 Robots control every industry our food supply our transportation systems our health care and education systems EVERYTHING— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) February 20, 2017 robots are stealing our jobs bringing economic ruin to us human by human starving us to death one by one— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) February 20, 2017 All that will be left is uber technical humans trained to service robots.— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) February 20, 2017 He continued with a warning that our machines will not conduct a violent overthrow but come to dominate us by taking over all aspects of our lives – something he points out has already begun happening. This all seems a bit far-fetched but, hey, he was right about that whole steroids in MLB thing, so you never know. We had a good run.