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Monday, February 17, 2014

David Samson sits down with MLB.com to address the state of the franchise

Goes into a blank-faced Gale Sonderungaarded moment to channel Brattain…

MLB.com: Obviously, you rebranded in ‘12, and it didn’t go the way you wanted. You restructured in ‘13, and endured a long season. How are you rebranding, and what do you need to do to reconnect with the fan base?

Samson: I think what our fans are looking for is stability, and what they’re looking for is better performance. The good news is we have a great ballpark, and that 10-year struggle is over with. The people who come to our ballpark really do love coming here. We want to show them a better product that wins more games. That’s what we’re definitely trying to do, and we feel we’re on the upswing.

MLB.com: Regarding your homegrown players, when you’ve identified your core, how important is the next step—to do what the Braves just did and sign some of those guys to long-term deals?

Samson: It’s interesting if you look at teams and who their core is. Let’s talk about the Yankees, they had a core of Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera. They were only that team for a very long time. But if you look around at other teams, it’s getting more and more rare to have players spend careers on the same team. That’s just how the world of baseball is right now. So the tough part is choosing, which players you want that to be and then being right. What you don’t want to happen, if you are the Marlins or about 28 other teams, if you choose wrong, that can stop your team from winning for a sustained period of time. The key is to figure out which players you think will be the best over a long period of time. I’m happy to say we have a lot of choices right now.

What our baseball people do is they look, and they scout, including at the Major League level. They make decisions, then they come to us and say, ‘Listen, this is who we can build around. This is someone who could be a forever great player, and he will help your team win.’

MLB.com: What do you think is a realistic, sustainable payroll?

Samson: It’s hard to know what a realistic, sustainable payroll is because we have to see what revenues are. That’s what it’s based on. We’re certainly looking forward to more TV revenue. We want to win. We want to be able to have the players who can help us win. We want to be able to afford a mistake, which happens in baseball, in terms of signing a player who may not be helping you win. That’s not where we are right now, but it’s where we’re trying to get to.

Repoz Posted: February 17, 2014 at 10:11 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: February 17, 2014 at 01:11 PM (#4658034)
Isn't he the guy who shut down the GWB because Chris Christie wanted him to?
   2. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: February 17, 2014 at 01:14 PM (#4658035)
"We're not stealing revenue sharing money, honest!"
   3. KT's Pot Arb Posted: February 17, 2014 at 01:53 PM (#4658053)
Very disappointed he wasn't first fatality on Survivor.

I have a friend who is on new one, and so want to ask if the midget was bullied, but lhe can't say anything about it until it airs.
   4. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: February 17, 2014 at 04:01 PM (#4658122)
I ran this through the Marlins doublespeak translator and this is what it spit out:

Samson: It’s hard to know what a realistic, sustainable payroll is because we have to see what revenues are how much Loria and I want to skim before we draw up a budget. That’s what it’s based on. We’re certainly looking forward to more TV revenue to stash in our Swiss bank accounts. We want to win just enough games to draw a reasonable crowd and sustain TV revenues. We want to be able to have the players who can help us win but don't want to do what it takes to go out and get them. We want to be able to afford a mistake, which happens in baseball, in terms of signing a player who may not be helping you win. Just look at our recent track record! That’s not where we are right now, but it’s where we’re trying to get to as far as you know.

Have I mentioned recently how much I despise that little weasel?
   5. The_Ex Posted: February 17, 2014 at 04:05 PM (#4658125)
I think what our fans are looking for is stability new ownership.

Fixed
   6. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: February 17, 2014 at 04:19 PM (#4658135)
The good news is we have a great ballpark, and that 10-year struggle is over with. The people who come to our ballpark really do love coming here.

There aren't enough people at the ballpark for a minion.
   7. SG Posted: February 17, 2014 at 04:23 PM (#4658138)
Really? Six posts and not one joke that he was actually standing, not sitting?
   8. attaboy Posted: February 17, 2014 at 04:42 PM (#4658149)
Don't ruin it but does anyone how he fared in Survivor (general terms only)? Avid watcher but I don't seek out advance information, for instance, I only fond out this weekend that Samson was playing it this season. How does a guy in his position take off what must be at least 2 months (39 days plus some pre-time and post time show time) to do this? Do they think that by having him out there that it may draw fans in? I hope not or they are truly diluted!
   9. dlf Posted: February 17, 2014 at 05:20 PM (#4658166)
Every time I see an article about Loria or Sampson, I am reminded how much I miss John Brattain.
   10. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 17, 2014 at 05:27 PM (#4658171)
Really? Six posts and not one joke that he was actually standing, not sitting?

Because… is that a reference to… the Biblical Samson? I don't get it.

Anyway, feel free to make the joke yourself if no one else does.
   11. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: February 17, 2014 at 05:46 PM (#4658176)
Because… is that a reference to… the Biblical Samson? I don't get it.

I think this is the reference.
   12. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: February 17, 2014 at 05:51 PM (#4658179)
Every time I see an article about Loria or Sampson, I am reminded how much I miss John Brattain.

Me too.
   13. Jim Wisinski Posted: February 17, 2014 at 06:03 PM (#4658185)
Wow, I always imagined Sampson as a fairly overweight balding guy in his late 50s or so. Totally different visually than what I expected (other than him being short, I knew about that already).
   14. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: February 17, 2014 at 09:11 PM (#4658259)
How does a guy in his position take off what must be at least 2 months (39 days plus some pre-time and post time show time) to do this?

I suppose Samson is just that valuable to the Marlins.
   15. MuttsIdolCochrane Posted: February 18, 2014 at 06:31 AM (#4658354)
Liar, liar pants on fire.

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