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Sunday, November 25, 2012

In popularity poll, Miami Marlins’ Jeffrey Loria ekes out a win over Fidel Castro

This is where the Godwinshares Law comes in handy.

They vented on sports talk radio, threatened to cancel their season tickets, and wrote angry letters to the editor. But they’re not over it yet. Marlins fans are still furious at team owner Jeffrey Loria more than a week after he traded five players and purged his payroll of $160 million in a controversial trade with the Toronto Blue Jays.

And the backlash isn’t coming from just a few loud diehards.

A survey of 400 South Florida Major League Baseball fans, 90 percent of them self-described Marlins fans, found that the Marlins organization — Loria, in particular — antagonized and may have permanently alienated a majority of the fan base.

Only 23 of the respondents (6 percent) had a “favorable’’ opinion of Loria, and a third of those were people who said they personally know him. The only public figure who might lose a popularity contest to Loria in South Florida right now is Fidel Castro (who has a favorability rating of rating of about 1 percent, says pollster Fernand Amandi).

Repoz Posted: November 25, 2012 at 07:51 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. vivaelpujols Posted: November 25, 2012 at 08:06 AM (#4309074)
7 people out of 400 personally knew Jeff Loria? Seems pretty high.
   2. Shoeless Swedish Chef Posted: November 25, 2012 at 09:31 AM (#4309091)
7 people out of 400 personally knew Jeff Loria? Seems pretty high

The group was South Florida baseball fans, which presumably makes an acquaintance more likely (of course, then the question is how they managed to round up 400 of them). It's a shame they didn't report the count for the combination "personally know" and "unfavorable".
   3. J.R. Wolf Posted: November 25, 2012 at 12:49 PM (#4309164)
His popularity should be even lower than this. A lot of people must still not understand just what he did and just how wrong it was.
   4. bobm Posted: November 25, 2012 at 01:09 PM (#4309171)
[2] The group was South Florida baseball fans ... the question is how they managed to round up 400 of them

From the sidebar to the article:

The team’s 'super fans’ — those who attended at least one game last year — were asked their opinion of owner Jeffrey Loria.
   5. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 25, 2012 at 01:32 PM (#4309181)
How many of the voters personally knew Castro?
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 25, 2012 at 03:37 PM (#4309213)
In the Modern Era (since the start of the American League):
1. Hitler
2. Stalin
3. Pol Pot
4. Jeff Loria

Loria might have to work a bit to hang on to that ranking - still a lot of despicable people around.
   7. billyjack Posted: November 25, 2012 at 04:05 PM (#4309220)
Is he less popular in Miami or Montreal?
   8. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 25, 2012 at 05:35 PM (#4309242)
Judging from some of the Marlins crowd shots, I wouldn't be surprised if every fan knew every other fan.
   9. J.R. Wolf Posted: November 25, 2012 at 05:38 PM (#4309245)
Castro should actually be far more popular. At least he never destroyed South Florida.
   10. Dan The Mediocre is one of "the rest" Posted: November 25, 2012 at 06:23 PM (#4309260)
The team’s 'super fans’ — those who attended at least one game last year — were asked their opinion of owner Jeffrey Loria.


Reminds me of this.
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 25, 2012 at 07:36 PM (#4309291)
Castro should actually be far more popular. At least he never destroyed South Florida.

And, he'll probably die soon.
   12. cardsfanboy Posted: November 26, 2012 at 11:59 AM (#4309732)
In the Modern Era (since the start of the American League):
1. Hitler
2. Stalin
3. Pol Pot
4. Jeff Loria

Loria might have to work a bit to hang on to that ranking - still a lot of despicable people around.


I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels that Loria is on the short list of the worse people in the past century. (Outside of Lawyers, I don't think anyone could defend Loria as a human being.)

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