While the Marlins continue to be outdrawn by any number of minor league clubs, Florida’s scummy ownership is still exploring a possible move to San Antonio, writes the San Antonio Express-News’ Tom Osborn.
Although they remain cautiously optimistic about a new stadium-financing plan in Miami-Dade County, the Florida Marlins are sending three team officials to San Antonio today to tour possible stadium sites with Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.
Wolff said he and Marlins president David Samson set the date several weeks ago. The two spoke by phone Friday to confirm the details, Wolff said.
Claude Delorme, the Marlins’ senior vice president for stadium development, will head the contingent, Wolff said.
The tour comes as Hialeah (Fla.) and Miami-Dade County officials are exploring using property taxes generated by industrial and office park development proposed for Hialeah to raise funds for a ballpark.
“We’ll see how it plays out, what happens,” Wolff said Tuesday. “I had a long, long talk with David on Friday, and I think they really are struggling with what to do and exploring every opportunity there is so they can come to their decision.
“It’s a tough deal for them. I don’t envy them.”
Wolff said most potential sites for a stadium in San Antonio are in northeast Bexar County.
“They’ve done quite a bit of research on their own, but we’ll brief them on the major population areas,” Wolff said.