Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria needs to relinquish some of his overwhelming, dictator-ish power. It is not working for the franchise.
Loria, angry over former hitting coach Tino Martinez resigning after he was caught bullying players in the clubhouse, has been making personnel decisions involving players on and off the field. Those are decisions that are supposed to be made by GM David Samson, but none of that has been happening.
Chris Valaika was the infielder that blew the whistle on the Martinez fiasco and being the man that Loria is, the Marlins owner blocked Valaika from being recalled to the 25-man roster when Placido Polanco went down with a concussion. Gil Velazquez was recalled instead. There was no reason for Velazquez to come up over Valaika other than to spurn Valaika because he made Martinez resign.
There is a lot wrong with the Marlins’ front office, while the team on the field is progressing slowly. How can Loria just sit back and be as stubborn as ever while there are franchises much worse than the Marlins, but are making an incredible amounts of money (see Houston Astros)?
A good young core is never safe with Loria at the helm. Since Giancarlo Stanton returned to the team in early June, the Marlins are 31-36. With Stanton, Christian Yelich and Jose Fernandez on the team and improving, there is only hope for the future of the club. However, as everyone saw last season, a fit of rage from Loria may end up costing the Marlins 10 more years.
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