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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. youjivinmeturkey - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Agreed. The Dude is worse than a joke. Sorry Miami :(

    • thekcubrats - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      There is no i in SCAM.

  2. 4d3fect - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    *collapsing in hysterical laughter*

    Sorry, did you just say “black marks on Selig’s legacy”?

    *collapses in hysterical laughter*

    • yahmule - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:45 PM

      Beat me to it, 4d3fect.

    • Stacey - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      Haha true. Selig has a lot of black marks on his legacy not that he cares.

  3. chill1184 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Throw Wilpon out of MLB too while we’re at it

  4. bluenoser23 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Loria is the all-time major league leading douche bag. Worse than Modell (NFL) Ballard (NHL) & Heisley (NBA) put together.

    • mazblast - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM

      You forgot Sterling (NBA) and Mikey Brown (NFL).

    • socialrick - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      Lets not forget Billy Cunningham and Lewis Schaffel, former Heat owners who attempted to trade the entire Heat team when the league established a stricter salary cap.

  5. clevelandschronic2 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Aww maybe queen james n his lackeys will fix this. Lebron- i guarantee not 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 but 8 world series trophies. Lmao thought miami was where everyone wanted to be.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      What in the hell does this nonsense have to do with Loria. Take your nonsense to PBT.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      Here’s the pitch from Nagy,
      Renteria lines it up the middle!
      Counsell comes in to score!
      And the Florida Marlins have won the World Series!

    • itsonlyaspeedbump - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:22 PM

      OK, fan of more than one sport, I understand.

      Seriously, PBT is just at the top of the page. Just scroll up and click on the tab that says ProBasketballTalk.

      BTW when is the last time the Indians won a championship?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      Lebron- i guarantee not 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 but 8 world series trophies. Lmao thought miami was where everyone wanted to be.

      How’s Dan Gilbert’s bet of Cleveland winning a NBA championship before LeBron does working out for y’all?

  6. hotkarlsandwich - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Montreal Expos?

  7. husky2score - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    The Marlins have jut been re-introduced to the lowest attendance average… AGAIN!!!

  8. randygnyc - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    I’m not convinced that selig will let this trade go through.

    • skeleteeth - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM

      Yes, upping the ante in the AL East is always bad for baseball…

      • randygnyc - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:40 PM

        Either your trolling or are ignorant. The trade is just a byproduct of the over all fraud that Loria perpetrated on the citizens of Florida. In short, he promised them a contender in return for a,stadium. After he got what he wanted, he dismantled his team. This isn’t first time he’s done this.

      • skeleteeth - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:51 PM

        No shit. My point which you missed was that this will be viewed as a business decision that generates massive revenue first, thus making any attempt at judgement as to the ethical implications moot in the eyes of one Mr. Bud Selig.

      • protius - Nov 14, 2012 at 3:46 AM

        Skeleteeth:

        There is no correlation between your first post, and your second post.

        How does: “Upping the ante in the AL East is always bad for baseball” equal: “This will be viewed as a business decision that generates massive revenue first, thus making any attempt at judgement as to the ethical implications moot in the eyes of one Mr. Bud Selig (sic).”

        To claim that randy missed your point is a straw man argument, i.e., a distortion of the truth. Unless you can show a logical connection between your posts, you don’t have a point.

    • sdelmonte - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:21 PM

      He could invoke the powers Kuhn did long ago, but I can’t see it from Bud.

  9. narrabeen23 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Check out the picture, that plastic watch strapped to his wrist is all you need to know about him. Such a cheap SOB.

    • Caught Looking - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:00 PM

      And I thought it was his cheap Blu Blockers.

      • protius - Nov 14, 2012 at 3:52 AM

        And I thought it was the cheap Wal-Mart shirt.

        He’s probably wearing sandals made from old tires, and he turns his underwear inside-out every other day to save on his laundry bill.

  10. dwrek5 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    And MLB doesn’t want Mark Cuban? He would never pull this $hit!

  11. kelshannon19 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Even the Stros didn’t F**k up this bad.

  12. a125125125 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    In all fairness…..didn’t Miami quit on the Marlins long before Loria did? That new ballpark was pretty empty this year. Also….they 93 games with these guys, and they can lose 93 without them. Obviously….Loria is a mess….but he’s only a part of the Miami mess.

    • a125125125 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      …..Also….they *lost* 93 games with these guys…..

  13. kkolchak - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    The first step would be Selig voiding the trade for not being “in the best interests of baseball.” Personally, I wouldn’t bet a Charlie Finley orange baseball on that happening.

  14. honkerdawg - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Redman ought to quit as mgr, this isn’t the team he agreed to manage

  15. smiling6 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    While it would be nice that Selig would force Loria out; the truth is that Selig let him into MLB, and then let him make lots of money out of destroying the Expos. So, Selig has been very much in on Loria’s dealings all along. I wouldn’t be surprised if Selig has encouraged him on.
    I’m sorry to say this, but I am NOT surprised by Loria’s actions in pilfering the city of Miami. It has been obvious to me for many years that all Loria cares about is making lots of money as fast as possible. He’s done it twice within MLB.
    I feel sorry for folks in Miami, but they should have seen it coming.

  16. dannymac17 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    http://i.imgur.com/QEVtw.png

    • mrwillie - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:58 PM

      Well played sir.

    • kkolchak - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:03 PM

      Outstanding. :D

      • dannymac17 - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:10 PM

        I am mad for everyone in Miami and Montreal.

        I am from Los Angeles and have never been to either place.

        I absolutely HATE Jeff Loria.

  17. xpensivewinos - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    If this trade was posted in a fantasy baseball league, both owners would be kicked out.

    Baseball is so f***ed up.

    • southbeachtalent - Nov 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      Exactly.. what a complete f@ckin joke.

  18. thebadguyswon - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Bud Selig has been total shit for baseball since day one.

  19. losangelesfan - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Best AAA stadium in baseball

  20. frank433 - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Can Miami evict the team from the stadium then go for a team wanting to move?

  21. waiting4asuperbowl - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    What a piece of crap. Kick him out!

  22. bluenoser23 - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Somewhere laughing their ass off: Ozzie G.

    • protius - Nov 14, 2012 at 3:57 AM

      And somewhere, laughing his ass off, is Ozzie Guillen.

  23. ss - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Tremendous picture selection.

  24. schlom - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Isn’t there a fairly good chance that this turns into a good move for the Marlins? Johnson has started only 40 games the past two years, makes $13.75m next year and then becomes a free agent. Reyes is still owed $92m for the next 5 years and last season was the first time he was injury free since 2008. Buerhle is a good pitcher still but he is still owed $48m for his age 34-36 seasons. Of course they’d need the prospects to pan out and I have no idea why they’d trade for someone who was probably going to be released but I don’t think this is as bad as everyone is making it out to be. It’s similar to the Red Sox trade which everyone thought was genius.

    • kkolchak - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      No.

    • Charles Gates - Nov 14, 2012 at 3:06 AM

      In pure, long term baseball terms, yea, this was probably a good move. The fish got out of a few heavy contracts to veterans. However, given the damage this will do to the fan base and any other player looking to (re)sign there — the dozen or so remaining that are not Old Gator — the whole premise of ‘long term’ is inherently flawed.

      • protius - Nov 14, 2012 at 3:58 AM

        yea?

  25. DonRSD - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    LETS GO METS!!!

    • mazblast - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      Loria and the Wilpons in the same division. Owners and fans alike of teams in the other five divisions have to be envious of the Braves, Phils, and Nationals.

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