Many parents have warned their children about telling lies and the snowball effect. The warning says that one lie will lead to another and that eventually the child will be in such a mess that he or she won’t even remember all the lies they have told.
Jeffrey Loria, the owner and self-proclaimed totalitarian ruler of the Miami Marlins, has gotten to that point. He has told so many lies to so many people that now he doesn’t even remember what all he’s said.
Over the past few days, Loria has liberated former President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest from being associated with the Marlins’ front office. To replace Beinfest, Michael Hill was promoted. Loria also promoted Dan Jennings to GM to complete filling the front office with people who will do only and exactly what Loria wants.
This move was not unexpected, as rumors had been swirling about Beinfest being ousted for months. What is newsworthy, however, is Loria’s comments about it. Per Loria’s statement on the team’s website, his explanation for the ambiguity about Beinfest for months is interesting:
“It has always been our policy not to communicate publicly about people’s careers until final decisions have been reached.”
This, however, is in direct contradiction with a statement that Loria made in an open letter to fans that he bought a full page ad in all three major Miami metro newspapers to publish back in February:
“From this point forward we can ensure fans and the entire community that we will keep you abreast of our plan, rationale and motivations.”
Loria either has a terrible memory, or thinks everyone else in the world is stupid enough to buy the constant deception he is selling. The “insurance” he gave fans in February that he would communicate the plan, the rationale and the motivations would have demanded some statement months ago, not another forked-tongued insult to the fans’ intelligence.
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