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After less than four months, the Marlins revert to their old ways

Jul 25, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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I tell ya, I woulda lost money if I had bet on the Marlins at the beginning of the season. No, not because they have failed to be a championship team. Rather, because I would have given them at least a year before the sell-off began, not less than four months.

Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante were traded. Hanley Ramirez is gone. Josh Johnson is being shopped (more on this in a few minutes). All of these may very well end up being wise baseball moves at some point down the road, but coming as they do after all of the money spent to benefit Jeff Loria and the Marlins by Miami taxpayers, all of the hype Loria created and basically demanded and all of the fan attention that, reluctantly, after years of having their hopes crushed by a penny pinching owner, was given to this team, this sell-off is an insult to Marlins fans.

This truly is remarkable. Between 2004 and 2011, the Marlins averaged the lowest payroll in all of baseball. Then they are handed a sweetheart deal on a new stadium, get everyone’s hopes up for the first time in nearly a decade and … after three-plus months, 40% of the rotation, the second baseman, the third baseman and possibly the closer are out the door.  On a team that can more accurately be described as underperforming as opposed to fatally-flawed. A team that, if the roster they had three days ago was kept together, could reasonably be expected to play better baseball in the second half and into next season but now won’t get to.

Someone, somewhere, explain to me why anyone in Miami should give a flying fish about the Marlins?  What possible reason should any baseball fan in south Florida have for giving a dime to a team run by Jeff Loria?

  1. bw1980 - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    The onus is Marlins fans, or any citizen of Miami who may occassionaly attend a game without considering him/herself a fan, to boycott the team. That stadium should be empty, devoid of any life outside of television and radio broadcasters, stadium personnel and the teams every night.

    The effect would be two-fold:
    1. Advertisers would terminate their relationship with the team and deny Loria a significant portion of his income
    2. Loria, with no income via concessions and advertising revenue would be forced to sell.

    Remember, the Marlins aren’t a goverment run enterprise–they really on people to consume their product, hence no consumers means no business.

    I would then take it a step further and attempt to demand–I’m not certain of the legality–that any new owner replenish the city coffers by paying back a percent of revenue to the Miami-Dade until the tax dollars used to finance the stadium are replenished and the city made whole (that would mean interest accruing on the money owed as well).

  2. Randall Jenkins - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    It’s funny how a team in existence less than 20 years, with 2 World Series wins, gets people so riled up about bad management.

    Try being a Padres fan, try being a BoSox fan pre-2004, try being a Cubs/Pirates/Etc. fan,. I think the Marlins gameplan has worked out for them fairly well. They spent money this offseason (some of it not wisely; Bell) and tried to compete. They aren’t, they want to reload while they can get assets and while the assets can team up with what they acquired. If they get back to the playoffs in the next 2-3 years it seems pretty brilliant to me.

  3. jdillydawg - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Marlins…Mariners…when it comes to the taxpayers being sold a bill of goods, there isn’t much difference. Ever since the new stadium was built in Seattle, the Mariners have done nothing but trade away talent and rack up losses.

    In their defense, though, I guess the Mariners did it with a little more class than the Marlins.

  4. cubb1 - Jul 25, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Marlin fans are an insult to baseball. They can’t even sell out a brand new stadium. The Marlins owe their fans nothing. The team has underperformed this season and has no real chance of winning a championship until next season. They have gotten rid of a clubhouse cancer in Ramirez, and are making some very shrewd moves in building for the future. Until Marlin fans actually go to a baseball game, I think the Marlins should continue conducting business in the best interest of the team’s future and not worry about the baseball’s lousiest fans “feelings”.

    • hotheat2 - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      Still mad about Bartman are we?

      Besides as for bad fans, give the Marlins fans credit because at least they do show up when the team is winning. Cubs fans continue to show up and give their idiot management money and demanding better from a team for all of their loyalty

  5. bucrightoff - Jul 25, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    As someone who grew up in Montreal watching the Expos, Loria didn’t kill them (94 Strike did), but he certainly picked the bones clean off the body. Disgraceful, horrific owner. I feel for you Marlin fans.

  6. mx429 - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    The Marlins and it’s ownership are actually the perfect team for Miami. Flashy on the outside but with absolutely no substance underneath. The stadium was built with funds stolen from teachers salaries, police and fire departments and badly-needed infrastructure repairs.

    The only sellouts the Marlins ever had, including the years where they won the World Series is the sellout commissioners who passed the stadium bill in a secretive midnight session after voters had repeatedly rejected it.

    Then, they decide to build this overpriced and shoddily constructed white elephant of a stadium in a Little Havana neighborhood difficult to access and unsuitable for the traffic and parking needs of fans. To top it off, the Marlins royally Sanduskyed the city in tax assessment and parking fees due to sloppy and incompetent negotiating on the city’s part.

    Third world city, third rate team… what’s the problem here. Miami again gets what it deserves for it’s widely accepted culture of corruption.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      “Whatchew talkin’ bout?” -Tony Montana Scarface

      • Miami305 - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:51 AM

        No, that’s Arnold from Different Strokes.

    • Miami305 - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:49 AM

      Third world city?? Have you ever been to Miami? It is one of the world’s most beautiful and diverse cities. It is not Miami’s fault that the majority of anglos got scared of a bunch of Cubans and moved to Jacksonville. Just because you are ignorant and can only speak one language doesn’t mean you have to demean the wonderful people of Miami with your “third world” comment.

    • lovistemiami - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      Absolute ignorance.. truly impressive. Anthropomorphizing an entire city, great analysis there sweetheart, borderline racist.

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