Major League Baseball appears to have its first team in the Caribbean — that is, from a legal standpoint.
According to Douglas Hanks of the Miami Herald, Miami Marlins co-owners Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman are claiming the team is a corporate citizen of the British Virgin Islands by virtue of its corporate identity, Marlins Teamco.
The Marlins are claiming British Virgin Islands residency under the Marlins Teamco name in an attempt to avoid a profit-sharing lawsuit that was brought against them and former owner Jeffrey Loria by Miami-Dade County in February.
Loria, some of you may remember, bought the Oklahoma City 89ers in 1989, and sold them after the 1992 season, the year OKC first won the American Association title. There was some noise to the effect that the team was going to Jared; the family of Jared Kushner would purchase the Marlins from Loria. It didn’t happen, but the incorporation in the BVIs just seems like the sort of deal Kushner would have had in place. Meanwhile, the Jeter Marlins have angered fans by trading away most of the team to cut payroll.
(Via the Nightfly.)