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It’s time for Bud Selig to force Jeffrey Loria out of MLB

Nov 13, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

Jeffrey Loria AP

Jeffrey Loria has long been on the short list of MLB’s worst owners, but he’s truly outdone himself now by trading Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle, just one year after signing them to long-term deals, along with Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Of course, the topper is that the move comes one year after the Marlins opened a new publicly funded stadium in Miami.

Loria amassed his fortune as an art dealer. Now he looks like a scam artist. Certainly the bait-and-switch has rarely been pulled off so artfully.

The Marlins had a $95 million payroll in 2012 after signing a trio of big-name free agents in Reyes, Buehrle and Heath Bell last winter. Now all three are gone, with a combined 10 seasons left on their contracts. Also gone are the team’s two most expensive holdovers in Hanley Ramirez and Johnson.

What’s left is a shell of a franchise, one that will almost certainly have the lowest payroll in baseball. More importantly, it will have no credibility in the eyes of its employees or fans. It’s lone remaining star, Giancarlo Stanton, has already expressed his anger. It’s hard to imagine him ever signing a long-term deal with the club, which could mean he’ll be the big name to go next winter.

Loria has now entered two markets and all but wrecked baseball for both of them. It’s in the best interests of the game that he exit for good. Commissioner Bud Selig should step in and apply as much pressure as he legally can in order to get Loria to sell. Otherwise, Loria and the deal that allowed him to trade the Montreal Expos for the Marlins will go down as black marks on Selig’s legacy.

117 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Bruce Knutson - Nov 14, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    I think it’s time we force Selig out of office

    • anotheryx - Nov 14, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      Really stop prodding your site trying to generate cheap traffic… it’s distasteful and offensive

  2. sincitybonobo - Nov 14, 2012 at 5:34 AM

    I was attending a Dodgers game in 2011 during the final months of the McCourt era and thought “how vitriolic and intense would be the crowd reaction be if Frank were attending the game and his image was flashed on the scoreboard?”

    On Opening Day, Loria was sitting right behind home plate. Does he plan to do that again? Could he mingle among the fans without being verbally accosted?

    MLB dismisses Mark Cuban as a potential owner, but protects a clown like this. By so doing, it does an incredible disservice to the game and to its fans. Other owners should press the case against him. He just made 14 enemies in the American League.

    Bud, exercise your “best interests of the game” clause and force him to sell. The team’s main asset at this point is the ballpark. Loria’s mismanagement has probably lowered the franchise’s value to such a level that there should be no shortage of viable offers.

    • iruletheweb - Nov 14, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      Very well said. Hope he listens to reason.

  3. mungman69 - Nov 14, 2012 at 6:13 AM

    Bud Selig won’t do anything. He’s a spineless jellyfish. He’s no better than Lauria.

  4. oldson50 - Nov 14, 2012 at 6:46 AM

    Best idea- Let Loria buy the Yankees.

    • humanvue - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      You are a genius!

  5. fuddpucker - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    WOW. That brand spanking new stadium next year is gonna be EMPTY!!

  6. socialrick - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    I didn’t think anyone would be worse than Marge Schott, but Jeffrey Loria has outdone her. My question is why has Bud Selig not gone on to punish Loria and Samson? Up to this point the only punishment Loria got was a violation of failure to utilize shared revenue for players and that was only enforced, because the players union went after Loria. The punishment was a 3 year probation period which ended last season. What a surprise that as the probation ended Loria goes back to another firesale. I think it is time for a permanent probation for Loria while he owns any team.

    • shwoogy1 - Nov 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      Because Selig is most likely getting kick backs from this group. They both are making too much money for The Commish to do anything anytime soon.

  7. nbasux - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    He shoulda have been kicked out years ago.

  8. jm91rs - Nov 14, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    This guy obviously went to the Mike Brown (Bengals) school for professional team ownership. Screw the city/county into building you a stadium, claim you can’t be competitive in the old one, then when it comes time to spend, go into hiding and count your money.

  9. jm91rs - Nov 14, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Ok, so keeping the vitriol to a minimum here, someone with a level head please explain to me what power Bud would have to force out Loria. I’m too young to remember and too lazy to look it up, but he mostly forced out Marge Schott in the 90’s for her racist commments, right? And we know he forced out McCourt for being broke. I’d love to see Loria go too, but is there a rule anywhere that Loria has to pretend he wants to win?

    • deathmonkey41 - Nov 14, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      Schott was banned for two years before being reinstated. She resigned as owner the following year. I don’t think Bud forced her out, but he might have helped make up her mind.

  10. deathmonkey41 - Nov 14, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    How do we know that Loria isn’t MLB’s version of a hitman for hire? Want to destroy a franchise so it can be relocated or contracted with little fanfare? Let Jeffrey in to do his work and he’ll destroy it from the inside like termites.

  11. Bruce Knutson - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    This really isn’t a bate and switch. Fans should have recognized his history and taken note of the fact that he was insisting upon Pujols not getting a no trade clause. Clearly, there were indications that he was not sure about this all along.

    • gigab0t - Nov 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      No one clicked your shitty website up top, and no one’s clicking it down here. Buzz off.

  12. banggbiskit - Nov 14, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Selig should pull a (or shouldve pulled) a David Stern and blocked this trade. This trade is obviously not in the ‘best interests’ of the game.

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