With the Miami Marlins being the host of the 88th All-Star Game, plenty was written about team owner Jeffrey Loria, who is considered by most to be the worst owner in Major League Baseball. It looks like the Marlins are going to be sold soon, so Loria has gotten a lot of attention, from the media as well as Rob Manfred since the season has started. Last week, it was reported that Loria could wait until next season to sell, when he would not have to give Miami-Dade County any share of the profits he makes from the sale, thus screwing the county of up to as much as $60 million dollars.
On Monday, it was reported that Loria is in the process of suing a former season ticket holder in order to seize a building worth $725,000. This is not the first time that season ticket holder has been taken to court by the Marlins. Back in 2014, the Marlins sued this holder as well as eight others who backed out of their season tickets because of false promises from the Marlins.
This obviously has nothing to do with the Red Sox, but I want to write about it anyway. I’ve liked the Marlins for a decent amount of time. Miguel Cabrera, Hanley Ramirez, Mike Stanton (pre-Giancarlo), and Josh Johnson were all players that caught my interest when I was first getting into the game. I invested more when I saw that they would be moving to a brand new stadium and rebranding themselves into the Miami Marlins. Led by Ozzie Guillen and new acquisitions Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle, I thought they had a legit shot to contend in the NL East. They had a nice start, but fell off in July and ended up in last place. Ozzie Guillen was a disaster, Reyes and Buehrle didn’t pan out, and Jeffrey Loria had another fire sale. A blockbuster trade with the Blue Jays occured that offseason, sending Josh Johnson, John Buck, Reyes, and Buehrle to Toronto for prospects mostly. You could make the case that the Marlins won that trade if you look at the names they got back, but still, it’s the Marlins. I remember hearing about how Jose Reyes was told by Loria to buy a house that offseason, and two days later, that trade happened.
I’d say it’s hard to really be a bad owner of a pro sports team, but Loria has gotten there. I’m too young to have a real opinion on this, but if he bought the team in 2002, he probably didn’t have a lot to do with that Marlins team that won the World Series in 2003. Mike Lowell, Josh Beckett, and Miguel Cabrera were traded in a short amount of time, and the Marlins haven’t been to the playoffs since 2003. Marlins Park is mostly funded by the tax payers as well.
Even though they’re not that good, the Marlins have a nice core of young talent right now. Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, and Justin Bour have made this a fun team to watch. The loss of Jose Fernandez hurt the future of this team, and it looks like another fire sale could be coming. With rumors swirling about a sale and the fact that any Marlin who is under contract after this season could be traded, the Marlins are not in a good place. I like Don Mattingly, but the further you go up the executive totem pole, the incompetence gets realer. That front office stinks, and it has for a while. I have seen countless articles about how Loria gets away with too much, and that should be put to an end.
I want to like the Marlins, but it’s hard when they are maybe the most poorly ran organization in Major League Baseball.