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Quote of the Day: Jeff Loria had best look in the mirror

Jun 24, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT

Buster Olney lays the smackdown on the Marlins' owner

“Loria has invested a relative pittance in his product over the last five
seasons, and every year, the Marlins have competed, mainly because of
the good work of Larry Beinfest and the Florida managers and the other
folks in baseball operations. If Loria’s standard for success is only to
make the playoffs and that expectation has not been met and he wants to
play the blame game, well, he could look in the mirror.”

Buster Olney, joining the almost unanimous chorus in criticizing Jeffrey Loria for his dismissal of Fredi Gonzalez.

If there is any justice in the world Gonzalez will take over the Braves job next year and wind up facing former Marlins’ manager Joe Girardi and his Yankees in the World Series.

  1. Xpensive Wino - Jun 24, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    People on the outside (including journalists) never really know what goes on behind closed doors (even though they like to pretend they do………..or are arrogant enough to actually think they do), so when a guy gets fired and they don’t agree with it, they play the “owner must be a moron and doesn’t know what he’s doing and he’s not in touch with what’s going on” card.
    The dude owns the team and he obviously wasn’t happy with something (for quite some time) and he fired the guy. Last time I checked, the owner can do whatever he wants, right? The Marlins are going to make the playoffs with or without Gonzalez………..or they’re not going to with or without Gonzalez. Is he really winning and losing games for them?
    The Marlins field a very specific type of team year in and year out and if the owner feels a particular manager is no longer the right guy to lead that team, he’s gonna make a change. Big f’in deal……

  2. NYCBaseball - Jun 24, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Except for this particular owner…..who has a reputation for bone-headed decisions……and that comes from people IN the game…….

  3. Old Gator - Jun 24, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    True, a very specific kind of team – and if he fields a K-Mart team, he’s probably right in thinking that he should have a K-Mart manager. I don’t need to reiterate what a cheapskate Scrooge McLoria is – though of course I will anyway – but even I hardly see the point of spending a lot of money on a Harrod’s product like Fat Freddi (much less Bobby Valentine, may the Buddha be merciful unto him if he takes this job).
    I’m one of those who keep the chorus of disapprobation of Scrooge McLoria non-unanimous when it comes to dumping Fredi. I never thought much of his managerial skills and in fact I think his teams under-performed. This year they’re doing about as well or badly (pick your alternate skeins of five to seven days) as I figured they would when the Suzerain of Tightwads wouldn’t spend bupkis on his pitching staff – until the player’s union and the league put a vulvazoola to his head and threatened to blow in his ear.
    Matter of fack, even Larry Beinfest admitted this morning on the Feesh web site that they didn’t give Freddi the people he needed to do the job. I guess that’s their idea of a graceful alternative to admitting that he wasn’t up to the job even if they had given him the players. Of course, they canned him anyway so the point is moot. I am often amazed at how impervious to objective self-evaluation these guys are; they seem totally unable to understand what dorks they make themselves out to be with self-incriminating spin gambits like that. Or maybe they do but figure it’s better to be thought a buffoon than to be unemployed. If you want to keep your job with Scrooge McLoria, you have to be willing to wear the eyeball hat and belled tricolor Pooh pajamas once in a while.
    Oh, and Xpensive Wino – please don’t come in here with that bottle of Merlot.

  4. Jonny5 - Jun 24, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    It’s kinda sad for Freddi that this happened over a player who is a) a major a-wipe. and b) a great player. The fact is no manager is going to see eye to eye Hanley. He’s an egomaniac, who sees himself as the “I” in team.

  5. scatterbrian - Jun 24, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    So long as the Braves take that series, I can get on board…

  6. nps6724 - Jun 24, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Of course he can do what he wants with his team. But we can point out his idiocy each time he does something stupid as well.

  7. john pileggi - Jun 24, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Beinfest is the best GM in baseball. As long as he is there, the team will be competitive, regardless of payroll.

  8. Tony A - Jun 24, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    Define “competitive”…

  9. Old Gator - Jun 24, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    The allstar shortstop will compete with the rest of the team for the most attention.

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