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The Marlins are going to cut payroll

Sep 24, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Another year, another plan! The Marlins are going to cut payroll. From the same article that brought us the Loria-Gonzalez dustup:

After going “all in” this season with a franchise-record $95 million roster payroll, the Miami Marlins will likely scale back in 2013 to a more moderate figure, somewhere in the $70 million to $80 million range, sources said.

Multiple sources said the team lost money this season due largely to a high payroll and lower-than-anticipated attendance at the new ballpark. As a result, the Marlins will not be repeating last year’s buying binge, when they spent more than $190 million on free agents.

You know the mark of a solid organization: doing something different every single year.

  1. chill1184 - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Dear Jeff Loria

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    Signed,

    Fred Wilpon and Frank McCourt

  2. realgone2 - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    You can hear the Naked Gun theme in the background.

    • number42is1 - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      What i wouldn’t give to have Enrico Palatzo behind the plate

    • protius - Sep 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      Nice beaver.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        Thanks, I just had it stuffed.

        (this really should be cur saying it…)

    • Old Gator - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      Leslie Nielsen lived in Fort Lauderdale and was a Feesh fan.

      Really.

      • cur68 - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

        But he was BORN in Beaver Land. He was the last word in Beaver Judging, too. And there’s no way in HELL I’m replying to anything that idjit protius has to say, so all in all its a good thing COPO stepped into the breach.

  3. mdpickles - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Hello Miami Marlins,

    I know he is cheap right now, but that Giancarlo Stanton kid is going to cost a lot of money soon. Please let us know if you need a few bucks in a trade.

    Signed,
    Every MLB Team

    • delawarephilliesfan - Sep 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      I remember long ago days, when the Florida Marlins had Mike Stanton and Leo Nunez….

      Can’t that franchise ever stick with name?

      • Old Gator - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:25 PM

        You know how that happened, right?

        List the names of the stadiums where they played, in chronillogical order. Leave a blank space at the end.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Sep 25, 2012 at 5:03 PM

        Totaly lost me….but I am curious. What does it spell?

  4. sdelmonte - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    It’s days like this that I can say to myself, “well, it could be worse for Mets fans. At least we aren’t rooting for the Marlins.”

    • Old Gator - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      Trade you our world championships since 1996 for yours.

  5. willclarkgameface - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    This is ridiculous. First, let’s irresponsibly spend on Heath Bell and Jose Reyes, two players that will NEVER live up to their contracts (and I don’t care what you say about Reyes TODAY – he will get hurt TOMORROW) and now let’s cut back because we don’t really have the resources.

    WHAT THE FUCK?!?!?!

    They TRIED to spend a great deal of money in the off season last year for one reason and that was to try and justify to the taxpayers that, “hey…WE’RE TRYING.”

    Fail, Jeff Loria. FAIL.

    The state should take that damn building back and MAKE them play at Joe Robbie until they dedicate themselves enough to putting together a fiscally responsible contender.

    It can be done. Ask Billy Beane and Kenny Williams.

    And my mantra: FLORIDA BASEBALL SUCKS.

    • chill1184 - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      The Rays have made the playoffs in the last three or four seasons and still have a chance this season.

      • protius - Sep 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM

        That’s a clown comparison bro.

  6. kiwicricket - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    I think if you squeeze in an ‘Ozzie berating locals’ post before lunch, Gator’s head will explode.

  7. echech88 - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Pujols may not be on the most functional team in the league right now but damn did he dodge a bullet by not taking Miami’s money.

  8. illadelphiasphinest - Sep 24, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    New ballpark, new colors, new uniforms. Same crappy results. It all comes down to the city itself. Miami isnt a baseball city. Just like D.C. isnt. The Nats are a first place team and they are running buy one get one free ticket promotions still… They cant even fill their ballpark. If the the fans show up and spend then ownership can spend. Those two things go hand in hand. O yea and winning helps except in the Nats case…

    • natstowngreg - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      Many more seats have butts in them at Nats Park this season. This whole contending thing is new here, and it will take a bit of time to get up to the team’s potential. Is that potential to fill up the park consistently? This year’s playoffs will offer a clue.

      Meanwhile, let’s see how well attendance at CBP holds up. Will it decline to what it was before the Fightins’ started winning? Unlikely. We will see next season, when the Fightins’ aren’t one of the NL pennant favorites.

      • greymares - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:26 PM

        the nats could win the world series and will be 15,000 a night behind the Phillies next year. book it.

      • natslady - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        Attendance at Sunday’s game was listed at 45K. Well, where were they? Not in their seats, that’s for sure. So you have to assume a lot of season-ticket holders aren’t bothering to show. Will they renew?

  9. Rockie D. Bull - Sep 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Wow! Who could have predicted that the Blow Feesh would follow this course of action after just one season in their new “Blow Hole” at the old Miami Sugarcane site?

    Maybe they have to cut pay roll because they didn’t make enough money on the non-existent parking around the new “Blow Hole”? Not that parking mattered in the equation because it turns out, NOBODY actually went to the games any more than they did when the Blow Feesh played all those years up north at Joe Robbie stadium. All that money stolen from the Miami tax payers by Loria and Uncle Bud Selig and wasted on a new stadium – then the team implodes and nobody will go out to see bad baseball and watch the new manager show his a$$. Who could have guessed that would happen when Loria and Uncle Bud were picking Miami pockets on the new “Blow Hole” stadium deal?

    Did all those brand new luxury boxes NOT pay off at the new “Blow Hole” like Loria and Uncle Bud said they would? Selig will be hard pressed to ever get another new MLB ball park built after this debacle.

    I’ll take the Trop and the Rays system/payroll any day over what is going on with Miami Blow Feesh baseball. As long at those dinosaurs (Wrigley and Fenway) stand, the Trop is anything but the dump Uncle Bud and ESPN say it is, the AC works just fine and the roof keeps out the rain. Plus, the Trop is a way better deal for the St Pete tax payers than getting a really bad stadium deal endorsed by the Commissioner of Baseball. The Blow Feesh built it and nobody shows up; new stadium or not – what makes MLB and the Commissioner think the result will be any different in St Pete/Tampa.

  10. xmatt0926x - Sep 24, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    I for one am shocked!!! Nobody saw this coming!! come on. I know it hasn’t worked out but if you really wanted to win and possibly try and draw more fans, you can’t keep a decent sized payroll for one more year and try a few adjustments? There seems to be such a rush for Loria to jump on the “hey, we tried and it didn’t work (and thanks for the stadium chumps)”. Call me loopy, but it’s almost as if Loria is just perfectly fine with the situation just as it is. Hmmmmmm

    • natstowngreg - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      You’re loopy. :)

      But seriously, I think you’re right.

  11. xmatt0926x - Sep 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    This takes me back to a story a while back, before the season where some guy in Loria’s management team (not sure if it was a baseball guy or just a financial guy) upset some people when he was speaking at some event right after the stadium was completed and he said it didn’t really matter if they ended up winning or not, they still get all the money. Guess we know what the mindset was all along now.

    • mazblast - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      I’m too lazy to research it, but it sounds like something Dave Samson would say–and later “clarify” into something worse.

  12. legacybroken - Sep 24, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Dear Marlins

    We’ll help you help by trading some young and cheap AA prospects for Giancarlo Stanton and Joses Reyes to help ease your financial burdens.

    Signed Dave Drombowski

  13. humanexcrement - Sep 24, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    So the advent of ugly uniforms and an ugly new stadium didn’t make a city known to be completely fucking indifferent to baseball want to come see a game, huh? Didn’t see that coming. Maybe they can get Jose Canseco to marry Anita Benson and be their PR representatives. That should solve everything.

  14. raysfan1 - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    @willclarkgameface,
    Your mantra sucks.

    • Old Gator - Sep 24, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      It’s not a mantra. Mantras are for those seeking enlightenment. It’s an obsession. Obsessions are for ignoramuses.

      • natslady - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:13 PM

        He’s an Orioles fan, remember? Became one after Rizzo didn’t follow his advice.

  15. natstowngreg - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Seems the Fish are doing what every short-sighted business does. You’re losing money, instead of growing the product, you cheapen it.

    • mazblast - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      Given the choice between working to increase revenues and cutting costs, every business owner and/or CEO below a certain level of intelligence will opt to cut costs. They eventually become ex-business owners, as either the business dies or they are forced to sell.

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