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WILL STRONG SHOWING IN NLCS HELP MARLINS' OWNERSHIP CHANCES?
Published October 7, 1997
How the Marlins fare in the NLCS against the Braves "might affect team President Don Smiley's ability to buy the club from Wayne Huizenga," according to Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD. Smiley is in the process of distributing circulars to 15 "or so people who have expressed interest in joining his investment group." Jackson reports that while "several potential investors say they have not decided," including Amancio Suarez, who owns Miami-based Cosmo Communications and has a minority interest in the Heat, "a long playoff run might persuade potential investors to commit." Jackson adds that "those with knowledge of the situation say it's unlikely but not out of the question" that a trip to the World Series could "prompt Huizenga to change his mind about selling" (MIAMI HERALD, 10/7). HIT AND RUN: In Chicago, Paul Sullivan, on Huizenga's $89M, offseason investment in the Marlins: "In the minds of many of Huizenga's fellow owners, he is pulling off the biggest hit-and-run in baseball history, raising the ante for other owners by overpaying players madly in his obsessive pursuit of a championship and then folding his cards. ... Huizenga helped escalate everyone's future payroll while knowing all along he couldn't create enough revenue to prevent the Marlins from losing millions. ... But its aftereffects may be felt by other teams for years to come" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/7).