This is an organization whose owner Jeffrey Loria conned the city of Miami and Miami-Dade county into financing Marlins Park to the tune of $23 million and $347 million, respectively. Loria and the rest of Marlins management promised to build and finance a consistent winner if the ballpark was built.
After all, the rationale was that management could not afford to afford a competitive team while playing in that “old” stadium where the Dolphins play. Right?
Well, fast forward to this past season. The Marlins got off to a fast start, only to fade mid-season and fizzle out towards the end.
Chalk it up as one bad season and come back to refocus next season? Nope! Marlins management decided to tear the sonofabitch down and start from scratch all over again.
First, they traded stud Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers for spare parts in the middle of the season. Then they canned their high-profile manager Ozzie Guillen after only ONE SEASON. If those moves weren’t bad enough, the Marlins agreed to a multiple-player trade that sent shortstop Jose Reyes and pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Remember that pledge the Marlins made in being about to afford a contending team? Well, Reyes (six years, $106 million) and Buehrle (four years, $58 million) just signed long-term deals with the Marlins last offseason.
Are you (plucking) kidding me? Do those mother(lovers) want to win or are they out to make a buck?
If I were Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, I’d contract those bastards before midnight tonight. I mean this is an absolute joke.
The sad part is, the Marlins actually have one of the best minor league systems in baseball. But give the Marlins time, and they will dump them to the highest bidder once those minor leaguers become good and expensive.
You know that saying “build it and they will come”? The hell with that bullshit.
Memo to MLB: give Loria and his cronies a $300 million severance package and tell them to go away – Frank McCourt-style…