But the 2016 season was also marked by tragedy with the death of Marlins' ace José Fernández, who was killed in a September boating accident in South Beach.
It wasn't clear whether Kushner is the main bidder in the group, or whether a deal is likely.
A sale of the Miami Marlins for $1.6 billion has been agreed upon, according to published reports Thursday, but any preliminary agreement faces several additional steps before owner Jeffrey Loria unloads the ballclub. "The Commissioner's officer has not heard directly or indirectly of any conversation involving Charles Kushner".
A stumbling block to the proposed sale, according to Forbes' sources, is that the person who made the offer is a real-estate developer based in New York City who lacks the liquidity to come up with the cash (vs. borrowed money) that Major League Baseball typically requires of a potential buyer.
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Smith also says the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia almost one year ago should have been filled long ago. Schumer said he asked Gorsuch "straightforward and direct questions that would demonstrate whether he could clear that bar".
Kushner was convicted of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering back in 2005.
The Marlins haven't finished with a winning record since 2009 and have the second-longest playoff drought in the majors, ahead of only Seattle.
The report says that much of the developer's wealth is tied up in New York-area real estate.
As for the Marlins, the team is considered by many as one on the rise. Loria is - and this isn't an exaggeration - the most disliked owner in baseball if not all of sports.