Most people in Miami already know that Marlin’s owner Jeffrey Loria is inept. And now, so does the rest of the world. In this month’s ESPN The Magazine, on top of ranking the Marlins 120 out of 122 in best franchises in sports (NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL only), the magazine also ranked Jeffrey Loria the most dishonest owner in all of sports.
Is he really that bad? Yes. And as proof, let’s recap Loria’s glorious days as owner. Starting out in 2002, after running the Montreal Expos into the ground, Loria reached a deal with then-Marlins owner, John Henry, and commissioner Bud Selig. In the deal, Loria sold the Expos to the MLB, who then gave Loria the Marlins, after Henry bought the Red Sox. Bud Selig logic: He couldn’t run the Expos, so let’s give him the Marlins.
And so it began.
After meeting immediate success and winning the 2003 World Series, Loria decided to sell off the World Series winning roster. Best team in the world? Give it away…makes sense. Throughout the years, Loria’s made numerous bonehead moves giving away every good player the Marlins gain. For example, last year’s Triple Crown winner, Miguel Cabrera, was given away for a few prospects–none of which are with the team anymore.
I remember enduring the heat every Sunday at 1 pm at Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Dolphin/ Dophins/Landshark/Sun-Life/(Insert Name Here Stadium), asking my dad why A-Rod was paid more than our entire team and still is. His response was, “We just don’t have a stadium, we don’t get the money from parking, concession stands, all of the ads you see around, that all goes to the Dolphins.”
And with a new perfect stadium, nothing has improved. Just last year, after transforming the Florida Marlins into the Miami Marlins, Loria generated buzz around the team. A new logo, new uniforms, and a new stadium– all we needed were some players. In 2012, Loria did something he had never done before: spend money. After signing numerous free agents like Jose Reyes, and Mark Buehrle, Loria assembled a team that brought excitement to the city. However, as the team struggled and attendance didn’t reach the numbers expected, Loria decided, mid-season, to trade away players like Hanley Ramirez. Now, with nine trades in the last year, the Fish have said adios to 13 players who were on the original Miami Marlins roster last opening day. Sound bad enough? Let’s not forget that Loria told Jose Reyes to buy a house in Miami, solidifying his spot on the team, to then trade him away two days after. Yeah, that’ll make you 122 out of 122.
Besides the high school all-star team referred to as the Houston Astros, the Marlins are the only other team in the entire MLB without at least 60 wins. On top of it all, Loria claimed the Marlins were one of the poorest teams in baseball pleading for half a billion dollars of taxpayer money to fund the new park. As it turned out, with the MLB lowest payroll for a number of years, the Marlins were actually one of the most profitable teams in the league. 122 out of 122 may be an understatement at this point!
How can you show your face in public knowing you are the most dishonest owner alive? How can you show your face in public when you’re the only one in Marlins stadium? How can you show your face in public knowing that Super Bowl 50 will not be played in Miami because of your deceit?
Please sir, do us all a favor and SELL THE MARLINS.
Editor’s note: Joseph Piscitelli is the chief executive producer for CCNN Live. He is also an opinion writer for Adolecent Press where this was originally published. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of CCNN Live, or of Christopher Columbus High School.