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Tino Martinez thinks Derek Jeter has what it takes to run Marlins

Former New York Yankees player Derek Jeter waves to fans during a ceremony retiring his number at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Miami Marlins signed an agreement to sell the team to a group featuring Derek Jeter, a person familiar with the deal said Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

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Former New York Yankees player Derek Jeter waves to fans during a ceremony retiring his number at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Miami Marlins signed an agreement to sell the team to a group featuring Derek Jeter, a person familiar with the deal said Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

The sale of the Miami Marlins to Derek Jeter and his partners (a guy named Michael Jordan is also chipping in) awaits approval by Major League Baseball. But Jeter’s friend, former teammate  and fellow Tampa resident Tino Martinez never doubted Jeter would pull this off.

“I’m not surprised,” said Martinez, who played on four world champions with Jeter on the New York Yankees. “Even late in his career, he talked about wanting to own a team one day and run a team. He meant it. He wanted to get involved. I know it’s a long road to get to here, trying to get this thing nailed down.

“He never wanted to coach or manage at all. It was always about owning a team, running a team and trying to win another championship.”

Jeter reportedly plans to head baseball and business operations, and that makes people wonder what that means for another Yankees great, Marlins manager Don Mattingly, as well as Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who is due $25 million next season from a club that is reportedly losing money.

Martinez only knows what he knows. He knows Jeter. …

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Fennelly: An apology to Roberto Aguayo

Roberto Aguayo, pictured during an OTA in May at One Buc Place.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Roberto Aguayo, pictured during an OTA in May at One Buc Place.

The other day, writing about the Bucs waiving kicker Roberto Aguayo, I began this way:

“Goodbye-o.”

It thought it was funny and meant no harm. It sounded like Aguayo’s last name, which happens to end in ‘o.’

But it was Times reader Gerry Hilt of Seminole, who is far more eloquent than I am, who pointed something out:

I know we live in a time when political correctness seems to border on the ridiculous at times. However, I think your use of the made-up word ‘Goodbye-o’ was a little insensitive. I'm not sure if it was intended to be funny or clever, but it was neither.

I can't tell you the number of times I've heard people mock Mexicans by adding an ‘o’ after a word. This may seem trivial, but to a person of Mexican descent it is not.”

Mr. Hilt shouldn’t have needed to point this out to me. I apologize to anyone I might have offended and will strive to do better.

I’ll let Mr. Hilt finish. …

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Tim Tebow: The difference between Tebow and 'Timmy'

In this April 2008 file photo, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow watches the end of the Florida spring game with offensive coordinator Dan Mullen and coach Urban Meyer.

BRIAN CASSELLA | Times

In this April 2008 file photo, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow watches the end of the Florida spring game with offensive coordinator Dan Mullen and coach Urban Meyer.

The Tim Tebow Tour continues tonight when Tebow and the St. Lucie Mets again play the Tampa Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. As part of All Things Tebow, the Times spoke with Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen, who was Florida’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2005-08, a stretch which included two national championships and Tebow’s 2007 Heisman Trophy season.

Here are Mullen’s thoughts:

“I know a lot of people look at stuff Tim does and say is he for real? Is this just a circus? Knowing Tim, absolutely not. He wants to go out and do his very best every day. He loves competing. …

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Rays playing zombie baseball at worst time

Logan Morrison looks away after fouling out in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Logan Morrison looks away after fouling out in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game.

ST. PETERSBURG

Despite piling up two runs, the Rays fell again to the Red Sox on Wednesday night.

At least we can now drop that winning the AL East nonsense.

At the worst possible time – as if there is ever a good time – the Rays are rolling out zombie baseball.

The night after flailing against Chris Sale, the Rays made 2016 Cy Young winner Rick Porcello look like, well, 2016 Cy Young winner Rick Porcello. Adeiny Hechevarria and Brad Miller did manage solo home runs, but that was all the Rays had to show for the four-hit barrage they leveled at Boston.

Throw in a slopfest in the field – errors, a wild pitch, a passed ball, runs and runs – and it seemed very nearly merciful that there were only 11,853 fans on hand to see for themselves.

If the size of that crowd for a big game against Boston seems like a joke, I might remind you that Wednesday wasn’t just a school night – it was a back-to-school night.

This just in: Aren’t like four months of baseball seasons on school nights? And I know they go to school in Boston, New York and Chicago, all over, in fact. Not to scare you, Rays fans, but they go to school in Montreal. Yes, even if they skip first-period metrics. …

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Go figure, or try to figure, AL wild card chase

“It will weed itself out,” Rays slugger Logan Morrison said.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

“It will weed itself out,” Rays slugger Logan Morrison said.

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Rays fans, here are some important Tropicana Field tips:

Think about bringing your own food.

Think about bringing six sets of eyes.

This might be a moot point if the Rays never hit again, but the art of scoreboard watching has become a mind-numbing brain buster in baseball’s Land of The Second Wild Card. Leave it to the muddled, mutt-filled American League, home of the 103-team playoff chase, where it’s impossible to be out of it even if you try. It’s profoundly confusing.

“It will weed itself out,” Rays slugger Logan Morrison said.

I see nothing but weeds at the moment.

There is no pulling way.

There is no falling away.

If you’re a Rays fan, you probably don’t know what or how to think. Who do you pull for on the scoreboard? Who do you root against?

It’s not Watson and Crick and the double helix, but it’s complicated.

By the way, Watson and Crick were the wild cards that season. …

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