It has been four years since the Miami Marlins had a winning season, and it has been three years since the Marlins reached the 80-win plateau. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has made some impulse moves to help the team and has also made the same impulse moves to destroy the team completely. He is the anti-George Steinbrenner.
The former late owner of the New York Yankees made shrewd moves to help the Yankees win championships and although he was suspended from baseball for a short time, New York survived. And even through the multiple fights with owners and players, Steinbrenner still won titles and is still revered as one of the best owners in baseball history.
Loria is the complete opposite. The one time Loria spent money on managers and players, the season did not pan out and he traded all of them away. He has alienated the rest of the front office. Only Loria makes the decisions in the front office, although he has VP of baseball operations Dan Jennings, president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest, general manager Mike Hill and president and stepson David Samson to help him with anything he needs.
Loria has turned the Marlins front office into a dictatorship, worse than the Jerry World in Dallas. Miami has turned into Jeffrey World. A continual laughing stock is what Loria has built, and it is only going to get worse.
Sure, Jose Fernandez’s season is something to marvel at, but at what cost and how long will he be with the Marlins in the future?
Only Loria knows.