Marlins Man takes his feud with Derek Jeter international

Blake SchusterYahoo Sports Contributor
Big League Stew

As if the saga of the Miami Marlins under Derek Jeter hasn’t been weird enough, now he has to deal with a disgruntled fan who is willing to go to extreme lengths to make the team owner look foolish.

Of course that supporter is Marlins Man — who’s had a bit of a falling out with his favorite team. Still, once a fan, always a fan. And Marlins Man won’t let the club he loves become any more of a mockery than it already is.

Marlins Man isn’t backing down from his feud with Derek Jeter. (Getty Images)
Marlins Man isn’t backing down from his feud with Derek Jeter. (Getty Images)
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Better known as attorney Laurence Leavy, Marlins Man appears to have taken issue with the recent argument by the Marlins that their team should be considered a corporate citizen of the British Virgin Islands to avoid going to court over a profit-sharing agreement with Miami-Dade County

So what’s a well-off lawyer with a decent amount of free time to do in this situation? If you’re Leavy, you fly down to the British Virgin Islands and try to prove that Jeter’s argument is as flimsy as the Marlins’ current roster.

In order to do so, Leavy and Miami radio host Andy Slater tracked down the supposed offices of Marlins Teamco, which Jeter helped form to purchase the franchise. Instead, he apparently found a post office box.

There’s a lot going on here, so let’s break it down again:

Marlins ownership is being sued by Miami-Dade County to fulfill a profit-sharing agreement that was signed back in 2009 when Jeffrey Loria owned the team. Jeter and the current ownership group are claiming that because one of the corporations that owns a minority stake in Marlins Teamco — the company formed to buy the team — is located in the British Virgin Islands, the team is technically based in the Caribbean and can’t be sued by the county.

So Leavy and Slater went down to the islands to find the Marlins’ true headquarters. According to the two sleuths, all they found was a post office in a small office building.

While it certainly looks like Leavy and Slater are on an international search for baseball’s equivalent of Pepe Silvia, if what they found in the Caribbean is indeed the basis of Jeter’s argument in Miami, their expedition may have consequences when it comes to the lawsuit back home.

Still, none of what he found discouraged Leavy from spreading Marlins love around the team’s alleged British Virgin Islands office.

If the Marlins weren’t the British Virgin Islands’ team before, they certainly are now.

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Blake Schuster is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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