MLB unanimously approves John Sherman as Royals controlling owner

AP News Staff
November 22, 2019 - 7:13 am
Sep 10, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) celebrates with Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield (15) after hitting a home run against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — John Sherman was approved Thursday as the new controlling owner of the Kansas City Royals, and his group plans to close its deal to purchase the team from David Glass and his family next week.

Major League Baseball owners voted unanimously to approve the deal, which was announced Aug. 30 and was expected to be worth about $1 billion. Sherman and his local co-investors will become only the third owners since Ewing Kauffman founded the club ahead of the 1969 season.

“I am deeply appreciative of the commissioner’s office and my fellow owners for their confidence and trust and vote today,” Sherman said, without taking questions. “It’s a responsibility that I’ll take very seriously.”

Sherman, 64, has lived in Kansas City for more than four decades, even after he bought a non-controlling interest in the Cleveland Indians. He founded, built and then sold a series of energy companies.

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