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Jeffrey Loria is optimistic

Jun 29, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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The Marlins are eight and a half games out and have a run differential of -66. Still, their owner, as he usually does, claims that this is a playoff team and that the future is bright, bright bright:

“School is now out, the [Heat’s] championship is accomplished, and we have a spectacular team — I still believe that, and I love our chances. The Dolphins don’t play significant games until the fall. We’re going to play our significant games in August and September, and by that time people will be so in love with us they won’t want to go anywhere else! … It’s a playoff-caliber team, absolutely. We’re going to have our run.”

The stuff about school being out and people wanting to go to Marlins games instead of Dolphins games, you’ll notice, is more geared toward how the team will do at the ticket office than it is in the standings. Which is pretty par for the course for the bottom-line-first Loria.

  1. danaking - Jun 29, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    If Loria thought he could improve the bottom line by advertising some of his players as child molesters, he’d do it.

    Don’t be surprised to see some of the Marlins’ off-season splash signings available if they tank.

  2. paperlions - Jun 29, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    That new stadium smell seems to have worn off, the Marlins are 18th in ticket sold/game at 28K. Actual attendance seems to be far less than that, the place looked nearly empty during the Cardinals series there…maybe 15K were in the stadium each game, about 1/2 of the tickets sold. How long has it been since a team opened a new stadium (not to mention some big FA signings) and had such crappy attendance the first 1/2 of the first season it was open?

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 29, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      It is a 10k per game increase over last year. But with the new stadium smell, and with hopes still high, they were only 16th in attendance per game.

    • ptfu - Jun 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      It’s not so crappy if you remember that the Marlins couldn’t draw flies last year. 2012 Marlins are selling 28K tickets/game (18th in baseball) but the 2011 Marlins sold only 19K (28th). That’s nearly a 50% jump, and you can bet that’s behind Loria’s giddiness. Plus that’s before factoring in the new park’s average ticket and concession prices, so Scrooge must be raking it in…

      • paperlions - Jun 29, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        Nah, it’s still really crappy. With a new stadium, teams tend to realize a much larger increase, especially during the first 1/2 of the season. At this rate, they’ll be back down to 19K next year….in the 2nd year of a stadium’s existence, that is horrible.

      • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        Not crappy at all. Let’s put a couple of things in perspective. According to Baseball Almanac, the south Florida population zone ranks 13th among MLB markets. When you figure that four of the top metropolitan areas – NY, LA, Chicago and the SF Bay area, all of which outrank Miami – have two teams each, that would put the Marlins in 17th place as a team vying for its market. So from that point of view, they’re actually right about where they ought to be. Second, as capacious as in the field itself, their stadium seats 37,000 max – so that figure of an average 28,000 per game is not bad at all in terms of percentages of seats sold. Third, all teams include sold season seats and skybox seats in their attendance figures, so the Feesh aren’t being ranked any differently than the rest of them. Fourth, they’ve got to overcome a couple of decades of fan hostility due to the conduct of all of their ownerships, not just Scrooge McLoria’s, as well as simmering local hostility to the deal that our corrupt-as-the-day-is-long-at-the-vernal-solstice politicians cooked up to build the stadium, and fifth, they’ve been playing like crap all month. Ergo, I propose to you that, in fact, the team is drawing better than they should be. The interest in the stadium hasn’t worn off and I have yet to hear anyone who’s been in there complain about anything but the prices of hot dogs and beer. It’s weird looking as hell but inside it’s a beautiful facility.

        And of course there’s the Clevelander with its bouncing…er…dancing Latina angels, great buffet, swimming pool and great view of the innards of Tommy. I usually buy Clevelander titkets…uh…I mean, tickets and am planning to watch the next game I attend from the pool, just to say I did it.

  3. yahmule - Jun 29, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Ever since Loria treated a proud Montreal Expo franchise the way Godzilla treated Tokyo, I’ve felt that everything he touches is coated with a thin layer of slime. He belongs in that assembly of truly horrible people to own pro sports teams alongside George Steinbrenner, Danny Snyder, Georgia Frontiere, Jerry Jones and Donald Sterling.

    • geoknows - Jun 29, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      Steinbrenner was one heck of a sonofabitch in a lot of ways, but I just can’t put him in the same category with those other names.

      • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2012 at 11:55 AM

        I don’t want to defend Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua for a moment, but let’s face it: he was sent to Montreal by Bud Light and the Skekses of Baseball as a hatchetman, was more than adequately slimy and obsequious to do the dirty work he was assigned to do, and was rewarded with the Macondo franchise when John Henry took his limp hammer to Beantown. The destruction of the Montreal franchise wasn’t anything he dreamed up on his own. He vas just followink orders, ja?

  4. cur68 - Jun 29, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    If the team played any good then I think people would come. They suck, however. Outside of Mike…excuse me: Giancarlo “The Foil Giant” Stanton there really isn’t a guy worth paying the gate to watch. Jose Reyes without the hair is not the guy Jose Reyes with the hair was. The manager is colourful but he’s irritated a lot of locals already. As for the rest of the team; meh. If they played any good this would work. They don’t, so it isn’t.

    • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      You’re absolutely right. Macondo loves a weener. And listen, cut the Iron Giant a break. He’s been pitched around so much lately – who wouldn’t? – because most of his teammates are such easy outs that he’s striking like a snapping turtle at anything within arm’s reach these days. But don’t forget – he’s barely 22 years old. A lot of guys his age are still queued up in 2A and 3A waiting for their cup of coffee. He’s going to learn, and adjust, and be one of the great ballplayers of the tail end of my generation.

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