By now, everyone that is anyone has an opinion on Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria’s actions during the off-season. The fact that he traded away much of the team’s existing talent isn’t really the issue, at least not by itself.
The main problem is that he apparently pledged to go after a winning franchise and not really play those small market, low-salary games anymore. Clearly, by trading of most of his existing star players, that appears to be exactly what he said he would not do.
Everyone and their brother are angry at Loria for trading away talent as opposed to bringing in more. Instead of adding to the payroll by signing big name free agents, he trimmed the payroll down. How terrible of him! But wait, is it?
The Marlins fans must really love a losing team if they are angry at Loria for wanting to change last year’s team. Come one people, they lost 93 games! The Houston Astros lost only fourteen more than that, and they are literally changing everything. Why should the very fans who stopped coming to their coveted new ballpark because of a losing team complain about the owner changing things drastically?
I’m not saying he did everything perfectly, but this is his franchise and if this is the way he wants to change from a losing team to a winning team, then everyone else is really in a position to sit it out and be a fan.
Cheer for the young guys they put on the field. Mike Redmond is doing a good job, and with a few great young players along with some good veterans, they could really contend for a wildcard in a few years.
They are a team in the National League East. They aren’t going to be better than their rivals without a complete overhaul. I hate to say, it but Loria is right.
He didn’t necessarily represent himself in the best way, or even look like he was trying to do the right thing, but he did do what he said he would do last season. They had big names and they were terrible. They were the fourth-worst team in the National League.
He might not be the most popular owner in the league, but he also isn’t the New York Yankees. He isn’t going to win by posting a payroll of $200 million.
Besides, they didn’t win either. You know who did? The Oakland Athletics. That is a model for a smaller payroll team to be successful. They have to start with the prospects and build up.
He might not have the right people; he might not have the right managing skills. What Loria does have is the right idea, though. Give him a chance. Let him try what he is saying he is trying. If in a few years he still isn’t building a winner, that is when you cry foul.
Not now, after an almost 100-loss season.