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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. edelmanfanclub - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Im sorry to Marlins fans. You don’t deserve this. Maybe you can justify one firesale, maybe even Hanley Ramirez trade, but this is too much. All they have left is Stanton. Sell the team to someone who cares.

    • mashoaf - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:59 AM

      How the F did the Marlins not pull in Brett Lawrie out of the deal?

  2. mojosmagic - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    I am a Phils fan with a son who lives Miami. While visiting him a couple of years ago we were fortunate enough to attend Doc Halliday’s perfect game along with maybe 10,000 other fans. We felt it was special and our tickets would be a nice keepsake. What does Luria do? He takes all of the unsold tickets from the perfect game and sells them online at regular price. Fans who were never there can now buy tickets and say they were. What a huckster scumbag.

  3. hackerjay - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    I think one thing lost in all this, is that this might well have been the best thing for the Marlins. Personally, I wouldn’t be all that upset about getting out from underneith those contracts. I thought they were all bad when they signed them last year, and none of those guys did anything to change my mind about that.

    Obviously, the problem is that it was Loria that did this. If any other team did it, I don’t think there would be nearly as much backlash.

    • tomnickle - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:17 PM

      You thought Jose Reyes was a bad ballplayer? That opinion is……interesting.

  4. theuncletodd - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    How is this piece of crap Loria allowed to own a team? F the fans, league and anybody else that gets in his way of making $$. An investigation into this piece of crap, Loria, is in order. Something really stinks here, and it starts at the top.

    • Old Gator - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:36 PM

      Based on what I’ve been hearing on spawrts tork raydeeo down here, if Scrooge McLoria wants to walk around in the open he’s gonna have to buy Salman Rushdie’s old rubber tits, Gucci pumps and long blonde wig off of Ebay first.

      • slartibartfast4242 - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:44 PM

        Salman Rushdie in rubber tits……… now that’s an image I could live without.

      • Old Gator - Nov 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM

        it wasn’t one he could have lived without.

      • APBA Guy - Nov 14, 2012 at 12:28 AM

        From Keith Law:

        “Those limicolous owners are the greatest joke of all in this deal, rooking Florida taxpayers for a publicly funded stadium, only to make one half-hearted attempt to fill it with a contending team, then surrendering after the season to return to their old business model, playing a skeleton-crew lineup while pocketing all of their revenue-sharing money. This isn’t a bad baseball deal for Miami; it’s not a baseball deal at all — it’s a boondoggle, perpetrated by owners who have pulled one stunt like this after another, with the implicit approval of the commissioner’s office. It’s time for baseball to rid itself of Jeff Loria and David Samson by any means possible. Miami, the state of Florida, and the sport in general will be better off without them.”

  5. pgaud73 - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Join pour Facebook grouping protest.
    From Miami to Montreal, let’s get our voices together!!!
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/298195810281405/

  6. pgaud73 - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Join our Facebook group in protest.
    From Miami to Montreal, let’s get our voices together!!!
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/298195810281405/

  7. aceshigh11 - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Can’t help it…this is just laugh-out-loud worthy.

  8. negaduck - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    This should teach cities to know better than to pay for stadiums instead of letting these rich owners pay for their own stadiums.

    Anyway, I think this Loria guy is hilarious. Throwing around huge contracts then just dumping everybody.

    Ive never seen a team switch back and forth from buyers to sellers so frequently. Id like to see him attempt to be both a buyer and a seller at this years deadline just to confuse everyone.

    • Old Gator - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM

      Yeah, become an arbitrageur of human souls – a kind of Ivan Boesky of the weenter meetings. That would be some fun.

  9. cmb79 - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Never thought Loria was actually WORSE than the Dolans, but lo, and behold…

    • sdelmonte - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      The Dolans, say what you will, try to win. They go about it in the worst ways, but you can’t say the Knicks ever gave up.

    • chill1184 - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      Loria makes Charles Wang (Islanders owner) look good by comparison

  10. vallewho - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Hopefully this is the beginning of the end for baseball in Miami.

    • Old Gator - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:48 PM

      Go fuck yourself, blowhole.

      • vallewho - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:57 PM

        seriously?

      • sabatimus - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:30 PM

        Yes, seriously.

      • vallewho - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:53 PM

        Nahhh…I think I will just continue laughing at that joke of an organization.

      • jm91rs - Nov 14, 2012 at 10:30 AM

        Finally you type a sentence without all of the deliberate misspellings. It’s actually coherent and I was able to get through one of your posts without giving up.

    • protius - Nov 14, 2012 at 4:04 AM

      Val, there was never any baseball going on in Miami. They were, at their zenith, an interruption.

  11. vallewho - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    and the end insane taxpayer backed stadiums.

  12. pgaud73 - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Join our group in protest. From Miami to Montreal, let’s get our voices together!!! http://www.facebook.com/groups/298195810281405

  13. jashton11 - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Too bad MLB can’t just relegate the Marlins to AA. I’m pretty sure I’m going to see better baseball from the home team in Jupiter next year than the one in Miami.

    On the bright side, at least it’ll be even easier for me to get good tickets when the Marlins are playing teams I actually care about watching.

  14. bigmeechy74 - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    I kinda like him actually

  15. dannythebisforbeast - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Loria should be kicked out of baseball bit not before he trades Stanton to the Phillies for um I dunno I guess whoever makes the least amount of money and has lowest prospect of ever asking for a big time contract. Loria you will love that guy whoever he is.give you his name before spring training starts

  16. vallewho - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    On a brighter note, the Astros probably just moved up!

    • frank433 - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      Astros are in the AL n

      • frank433 - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:16 PM

        Astros are in the AL now buddy. This doesn’t help them. (Stupid fat thumb hitting post before I’m done)

      • vallewho - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM

        sorry to tell you buddy but I already knew that (starting 2013…well NOW). anyway I was referring to the overall rankings…like http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/powerRankings

        whey have been last for a while.

  17. chill1184 - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Ill be surprised as hell if Selig does anything to Loria other than have some bullshit dog and pony show private meeting. If Loria is somehow kicked out of MLB then Herr Selig will have a media firestorm in regards to kicking a few other owners out of the league as well and we all know that Herr Selig won’t want that one bit.

    • Bruce Knutson - Nov 14, 2012 at 3:22 AM

      I think it’s time we force Selig out of office and you aren’t herr jim rome herr
      http://sfgiantsfansunite.blogspot.com/

  18. ningenito78 - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    People defending the trade are missing the bigger point….the stadium was publicly funded with a ‘wink nod’ agreement he would maintain a competitive payroll/team. Like the post said: it was a classic bait and switch. On the taxpayers.

    • Old Gator - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:49 PM

      There was no such “wink nod” agreement. That was a fiction that formed spontaneously in the alleged minds of local journalistas and spawrts tork raydeeo hosts who treated it as if it were a given. The only “agreements” between the team and the corrupt clowns and nepotists on the city and county commissions had to do with whose cousins got the construction work and the inside track on the concessions. Those are all there in black and white for anyone who wants to exercise their Freedom of Information Act privileges to read – which, apparently, didn’t include many of our so-called local investigative journalists until after the deal was struck and one bungled contract after another began fumbling their way into the news. Those contracts, and some of the gone-nowhere investigations that they engendered, have been covered here on numerous occasions.

      But let’s ditch this absurd net-reality notion that they “put one over” on the city or broke any promises to us as taxpayers. The Feesh notochord trust made their deals with politicians and money baggers every bit as slimy as they were. The voters knew what was happening and tried to hold a referendum against it, but the courts didn’t allow it, ruling that the politicos were doing exactly what the city, county and state charters empowered them to do. The following year, though, we recalled and voted out on their asses by historically lopsided majorities the mayor and several county councilpersons, including the supposedly impregnable bovine blowhard Natacha Seijas. Polls showed the stadium deal was the biggest single reason voters gave for throwing the hacks out. Unfortunately, it was too late to keep the stadium from being built.

  19. downhillrider - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Simply forcing him out is too good for this guy. Miami residents were basically threatened into approving public funding. That looks bad now plus the parking fiasco. The perfect scenario would be for no one to show up on opening day.

    • Old Gator - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:59 PM

      No one here was “threatened” into approving the funding – the sizable majority of which, by the way, was not “public” but drawn from a hotel bed and car rental tax on tourists. What you see is the logical result of decades of mindless ethnic voting patterns which enfranchised several generations of corrupt banana republic style politicians. Traditionally, the winners have been Cuban-Americans (or, in one hilarious instance, an Italian-American, Joe Carollo, who effectively masqueraded as a Cuban and whose name sounded enough like one that enough idiots voted for him for mayor) who made the most virulently anti-Castro noises. Anyone who went to the voters with reminders that local politicians had nothing to do with foreign policy issues and tried to lay out sensible plans for things like infrastructure improvements, transportation and education funding got buried alive in the local Macondo machine political system.

      Fortunately, I live “out in the county,” in an unincorporated area, so my pocket doesn’t take the hit for nearly as much of the infrastructure part of the equation as those who live within the municipal boundaries of Macondo itself. Still and all, this fiasco is exactly what this community deserves for its witless voting habits. Have they learned from it? Probably not. But they did get their pique off their chests in the recall elections, only to settle back into their same old stupid voting patterns last week.

      • schlom - Nov 14, 2012 at 12:38 AM

        I’m just curious but since you are a big Obama fan wouldn’t the stadium count as stimulus spending?

      • Charles Gates - Nov 14, 2012 at 3:01 AM

        Schlom, it’s been my observation that government spending is only an economic stimulus if it’s in line with certain political ideals. Government spending for military contractors, for example, does not count.

  20. dyhrdpatsfan - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    He is a piece of S&!t… No not salt…

  21. lionsplayoffs - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    I love Mike Illitch.

  22. grudenthediva - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Get Romney on board. He loves firing people. Loria will be a nice notch for him.

    And it’s not like Mitt has any important commitments at the moment.

  23. daubs17 - Nov 14, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Loria = scumbag

  24. djjackson81 - Nov 14, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Well he’ll they’ll pick top five in the draft next year again. Stanton hold out for a trade cause the team traded any chance you had to compete.

  25. sincitybonobo - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    I would imagine some AL East executives are currently lobbying Bud to block this deal. This fits a familiar pattern with Loria and the spirit of this deal is about dumping salary (again) and not building for the future. Girardi won the NL Manager of the Year in 2006 and was fired before Opening Day.

    Coupled with the chicanery used to cement a stadium deal, this transaction would poison the well irreparably between the team and its community.

    The big picture, however, is that Loria has got to go. He’ll spin off these guys one by one if he must and continue to be a lying, thieving cancer on the game if he’s allowed to stay. He’ll gladly pocket future revenue sharing dollars and never sign another free agent- perhaps because no player with any other options would sign a deal with him.

    With the new stadium, baseball can work in Miami. But, MLB can’t work anywhere with an owner like Loria.

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