John Henry Holds First Press conference
John Henry held his first press conference as the owner of the Florida Marlins. Henry’s main points: he is committed to raise the payroll ($10 – 15 million more than last year); he needs the fans help to build a ballpark (the more public money, the more he will invest in payroll); and fans need to buy season ticket (call 930-HITS). Henry will not name a team President to replace Don Smiley. Jim Ross will handle the marketing and non-baseball issues, CFO Jonathan Mariner will handle the finances and the new ballpark, and Dave Dombrowski will oversee the baseball operations.