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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Jeffrey Loria’s “Letter to our Fans”

The first comment from “ex season ticket holder” is quite telling…“PURE UNADULTERATED BULLLLSHITTTTT”

LETTER TO OUR FANS

      It’s no secret that last season was not our best—actually it was one of our worst. In large part, our performance on the field stunk and something needed to be done. As a result of some bold moves, many grabbed hold of our tough yet necessary decision only to unleash a vicious cycle of negativity. As the owner of the ballclub, the buck stops with me and I take my share of the blame where it’s due. However, many of the things being said about us are simply not true. I’ve sat by quietly and allowed this to continue. Now it’s time for me to resond to our most important constituents, the fans who love the game of baseball.

THE ROSTER

      Losing is unacceptable to me. It’s incumbant upon us to take swift action and make bold moves when there are glaring problems. The controversial trade we made with the Toronto Blue Jays was approved by Commissioner Bud Selig and has been almost universally celebrated by baseball experts outside of Miami for its value. We hope, with an open mind, our community can reflect on the fact that we had one of the worst records in baseball. Acquiring high-profile players just didn’t work, and nearly everyone on our team underperformed as compared to their career numbers. Our plan for the year ahead is to leverage our young talent and create a homegrown roster of long-term players who can win. In fact, objective experts have credited us with going from the 28th ranked Minor League system in baseball to the 5th best during this period. Of the Top 100 Minor Leagues rated by MLB Network, we have six—tied for the most of any team in the league. We’ll evaluate this roster and possibly bring in additional talent based on our assessment of what we need. The very same naysayers who are currently skeptical once attacked us for bringing Pudge Rodriguez to the Marlins in 2003. More than any other, that move contributed to our World Series Championship.

    THE BALLPARK

    The ballpark issue has been repeatedly reported incorrectly and there are some very negative accustations being thrown around. It ain’t true, folks. Those who have attacked us are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts. The majority of public funding came from hotel taxes, the burden of which is incurred by tourists who are visiting our city, NOT the resident taxpayers. The Marlins organization also agreed to contribute $161.2 million toward the ballpark, plus the cost of the garage complex. In addition, the Marlins receive no operating subsidy from local government funding. The ballpark required that all debt service is paid by existing revenue. Furthermore, many are attacking the County’s method of financing for its contribution, but the Marlins had nothing at all to do with that. The fact is, with your help, we built Marlins Park, a crown jewel in our beautiful Miami skyline, which has won over twenty design and architecture awards and will help make us a premiere ballclub moving forward.

    OUR FINANCES

    The simple fact is that we don’t have unlimited funds, nor does any baseball team or business. Fans didn’t turn out last season as much as we’d like, even with the high-profile players the columnists decry us having traded. The main ingredient to a successful ball club is putting together a winning team, including a ncecessary core of young talent. Are we fiscally capable and responsible enough to fill the roster with talented players, invest in the daily demands of running a world-class organization and bring a World Series back to Miami? Absolutely! It is sound business sense to witness an expensive roster with a terrible record and sit idly by doing nothing? No. I can and will invest in building a winner, but last season wasn’t sustainable and we needed to start from scratch qjuickly to build this team from the ground up.

    COMMUNICATION

    An organization is only as good as its connection with the community. We know we can do a better job communicating with our fans. That starts now. From this point forward we can ensure fans and the entire community that we will keep you abreast of our plan, rationale and motivations.

    Amidst the current news coverage, it an be easy to forget how far we went together not so long ago. In 2003, I helped bring a second World Series Title to South Florida. We know how to build a winning team, and have every intention of doing so again. I know you share my passion for great Marlins baseball, my love of MIami and my desire to win again. We’re in this together and I humbly ask that we start fresh, watch us mature qjuickly as a ball club, and root for the home team in 2013.

    Sincerely,

    Jeffrey Loria

Repoz Posted: February 24, 2013 at 12:07 PM | 48 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: February 24, 2013 at 12:21 PM (#4375142)
The very same naysayers who are currently skeptical once attacked us for bringing Pudge Rodriguez to the Marlins in 2003.

I absolutely despise anyone who uses this meme. How does he know? Has he tracked each (or any) current naysayer back to their 2003 opinions?
   2. Rough Carrigan Posted: February 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM (#4375152)
. . the buck stops with me.

MLB shared tv revenue bucks. Luxury tax bucks from teams in big markets and teams not abjectly failing to draw fans. Tv contract bucks. Really pretty much any buck that comes to the Florida Marlins franchise. They all stop with me. And they never move on to anyone else's bank account.
   3. cardsfanboy Posted: February 24, 2013 at 12:53 PM (#4375154)
Is there a more vile person on this planet who isn't on death row or in politics? (Lawyers are exempt from the comparison, because I find it hard to believe they are people)
   4. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: February 24, 2013 at 01:02 PM (#4375157)
Frank McCourt?
   5. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 24, 2013 at 01:03 PM (#4375158)
FIRST I MUST SOLICIT YOUR STRICTEST CONFIDENCE IN THIS TRANSACTION AS VIRTUE OF BEING SECRET AND TIMELY NATURE. I AM SURE OF CONFIDENCE THAT YOU ARE THE PROPER PERSON TO PROSECUTE A SEASONAL TRANSACTION OF THIS MAGNITUDE THAT IS PENDING. WE ARE TOP OFFICIAL OF MIAMI MARLINS BASEBALL TEAM AND ARE IN READY POSITION TO TRANSFER OUR 25-MAN ROSTER INTO 2013 NATIONALIZED EAST WINNINGS GAMES OF 98 TO 105 AND POTENTIALLY MANY MORE. THIS IS 100% GUARANTEED AND SAFE AND INCLUDES PLAYOFF WINNINGS WHICH ARE GUARANTEED ALSO. HENCE ALL WE NEED IS A FLORIDA FAN WHO IS CAPACITY FOR TRANSFERRING SUM OF US$34425 (THIRTY FOUR THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED AND TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS) FOR FULL AND SAFE SEASON TICKET CHAIR LOCATON. PLEASE ADJOURN RECEIPT OF THIS LETTER IN UTTER CONFIDENTIALITY AND SPEED.
   6. Gamingboy Posted: February 24, 2013 at 01:08 PM (#4375162)
Is there a more vile person on this planet who isn't on death row or in politics? (Lawyers are exempt from the comparison, because I find it hard to believe they are people)


Well, surely there are plenty of horrible people who are in prison but not on death row....
   7. Howie Menckel Posted: February 24, 2013 at 01:09 PM (#4375166)
did he really spell "incumbent" wrong and have typos in 'necessary' and 'quickly'?

also, hotel taxes hit many locals for various reasons, as well as their friends and family. and if the money hadn't gone toward the ballpark, it could have been used to balance the budget instead. if the hotel tax increase wasn't high enough to scare away a single tourism dollar, that also would be amazing - and a sign that there was an opportunity lost there all along.

   8. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: February 24, 2013 at 01:10 PM (#4375167)
Dear Marlins fans,

We won't suck as bad as the Astros.

Sincerly,

Jeffery Loria
   9. Bob Meta-Meusel Posted: February 24, 2013 at 01:17 PM (#4375172)
Is there a more vile person on this planet who isn't on death row or in politics? (Lawyers are exempt from the comparison, because I find it hard to believe they are people)


Pete Rose? Steve Garvey?
   10. Brian Posted: February 24, 2013 at 01:18 PM (#4375173)
I get the whole Dump on Loria and the Marlins thing but I really think they may get to a winning club more quickly this way. Dumping high ticket guys isn't horrible if they sucked (Bell) or weren't worth it to begin with (Buehrle). As for Reyes we've seen in this era that if you want someone to eat your crappy contact you have to mix in a little steak. Maybe Hanley completely rebounds and makes it look even worse but the Marlins will have the financial flexibility to improve the team when Yelich, Fernandez and the new kids are ready. The truth is they likely won't but these moves may be looked back on, at purely a baseball talent level, as genius. The message to the community was a disaster but given his history who would've believed him? The Rays could carry a similar move off because their fans (both of them) trust them.
   11. akrasian Posted: February 24, 2013 at 01:18 PM (#4375174)
also, hotel taxes hit many locals for various reasons, as well as their friends and family. and if the money hadn't gone toward the ballpark, it could have been used to balance the budget instead. if the hotel tax increase wasn't high enough to scare away a single tourism dollar, that also would be amazing - and a sign that there was an opportunity lost there all along.


This.

Even if the hotel tax were found money that didn't hurt locals at all, that doesn't mean that there weren't better ways to spend it than on a ballpark for a team that has consistently shown poor faith with the locals. It could balance the budget, it could reduce taxes elsewhere, it could go to schools - heck, if it has to go to help subsidize local businesses there are undoubtedly solutions better for the people of the area overall than to help a billionaire make more money while creating mostly low paying seasonal work.
   12. cardsfanboy Posted: February 24, 2013 at 01:25 PM (#4375179)
Pete Rose? Steve Garvey?


Not even close. Steve Garvey did what the majority of professional athletes do, he just got caught very publicly. Pete Rose is an addictive personality that refuses to fess up to mistakes he made, but he's not unadulterated evil like Loria. Pure greed is evil. Loria is the epitome of pure greed, therefore he's the epitome of pure evil. He's about as low on the evolutionary scale as one can be, without being a blood thirsty dictator, serial killer etc.

   13. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: February 24, 2013 at 01:34 PM (#4375187)
Even if the hotel tax were found money that didn't hurt locals at all, that doesn't mean that there weren't better ways to spend it than on a ballpark for a team that has consistently shown poor faith with the locals. It could balance the budget, it could reduce taxes elsewhere, it could go to schools

They invented corruption down in Dade County. I have a very hard time believing that this found money would go anywhere besides *somebody's* pocket. Whether that pocket is attached to Loria, the "mayor", or other political cronies is just shifting around the deck chairs a bit.
   14. Guapo Posted: February 24, 2013 at 01:41 PM (#4375195)
Acquiring high-profile players just didn’t work, and nearly everyone on our team underperformed as compared to their career numbers. Our plan for the year ahead is to leverage our young talent and create a homegrown roster of long-term players who can win....

The very same naysayers who are currently skeptical once attacked us for bringing Pudge Rodriguez to the Marlins in 2003. More than any other, that move contributed to our World Series Championship.


So your plan is to not acquire high-profile players and instead focus on growing your young talent... and for those of us who are skeptical of this plan, you point to when you acquired a high-profile player as a free agent and won a World Championship.

Next time, hire the Underpants Gnomes to write your letter.
   15. Guapo Posted: February 24, 2013 at 01:42 PM (#4375196)
   16. depletion Posted: February 24, 2013 at 02:00 PM (#4375212)
Jeffrey Loria’s “Letter to our Fans”, "Both of them."
   17. valuearbitrageur Posted: February 24, 2013 at 02:13 PM (#4375219)
They invented corruption down in Dade County. I have a very hard time believing that this found money would go anywhere besides *somebody's* pocket. Whether that pocket is attached to Loria, the "mayor", or other political cronies is just shifting around the deck chairs a bit.


Yes, we shouldn't pick on the corrupt little midget who won the race to steal the taxpayers monies. Wait, isn't that exactly what Lauria said in his letter?

Of the Top 100 Minor Leagues rated by MLB Network, we have six


So that's where the money really went, buying minor leagues for future Marlin teams to play in!
   18. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 24, 2013 at 02:27 PM (#4375225)
I'm not interested in any letter from this guy unless it's from a Birmingham jail. Or any jail, really.
   19. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: February 24, 2013 at 02:29 PM (#4375227)
The marlins, by the way, appear to have spent very little on int'l signings so far this period...
   20. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: February 24, 2013 at 03:03 PM (#4375238)

I suspect that in a competitive market like Miami hotels, the cost of a tax will be shared by both the tourists and the hotels.
   21. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: February 24, 2013 at 03:48 PM (#4375251)
I love it: "The buck stops with me on all of these wonderful things I've done."

I assume that by the "hotel tax" thing, he means to imply that some significant number of the tourists wouldn't even be coming if it weren't for the Marlins and their bold moves and their award winning architecture and blah blah blah. So if it didn't go to pay for the award winning architecture, the award winning architecture wouldn't have won awards, and the tourists wouldn't have come, and the tax wouldn't get paid, and so no, it's not the case that it could have been used for local schools and such. This seems pretty unlikely to me, but hey.

Steve Garvey: I only vaguely remembered this - he was viewed as a squeaky clean guy and then got caught doing something not so squeaky clean - so I just looked him up on Wikipedia. Found out that his daughters testified in court that they don't love him. Ouch. Was unsurprised to read that he's a Republican.
   22. NattyBoh Posted: February 24, 2013 at 04:00 PM (#4375255)
did he really spell "incumbent" wrong and have typos in 'necessary' and 'quickly'?


They'll invest in a copy of Office with spell check when they're ready to compete. Haven't you heard of the desktop software success cycle?

Then again I'm thinking this has to be a prime target for the Software Police to make a raid.
   23. frannyzoo Posted: February 24, 2013 at 04:48 PM (#4375276)
First in a series. Coming up:

"Cleveland, I Love You," by the late Art Modell
"Charlotte: I Know What I'm Doing," by Michael Jordan
"Some of my best friends are Jewish," by...well, you know who...

   24. PreservedFish Posted: February 24, 2013 at 05:15 PM (#4375291)
My God is this poorly written.
   25. this space for rent Posted: February 24, 2013 at 05:24 PM (#4375296)
My God is this poorly written.


The Marlins' copy editor was too expensive, so he was let go and replaced with a local 8th grader. Look, the Marlins are giving back to the community again!
   26. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: February 24, 2013 at 06:25 PM (#4375311)
Of the Top 100 Minor Leagues rated by MLB Network, we have six

1. PCL
2. SAL
3. GCL
4. DSL
5. FSL
6. NYP
7. (Bonus!) SOU

Gonfalon's #5 deserves some love. That was a belly laugh.
   27. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: February 24, 2013 at 06:58 PM (#4375335)
#26 If you're going to include a 7th it would have to be the staunch rival of the SAL, the ACL. Of course, after the merger in 1967 their differences blurred, but I digress.
   28. eddieot Posted: February 24, 2013 at 07:07 PM (#4375338)
Primey to Gonfalon! (do we still do that? or is this another sign of me getting old?)
   29. DA Baracus Posted: February 24, 2013 at 07:08 PM (#4375340)
Is there a more vile person on this planet who isn't on death row or in politics? (Lawyers are exempt from the comparison, because I find it hard to believe they are people)


Jim Crane is spending even less than Loria and among other things was a war profiteer.
   30. Bob Tufts Posted: February 24, 2013 at 07:27 PM (#4375348)
My dear fellow Marlins Fans:

While confined here in this Marlins Stadium office, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities "unwise and untimely." Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statements in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.
   31. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: February 24, 2013 at 08:15 PM (#4375372)
I would have thought Loria's letter to the fans could have been a succinct three words, two of which surely would have been "you", and "suckers!"

Anything else seems extraneous.
   32. Alex Vila Posted: February 24, 2013 at 08:16 PM (#4375373)
He sits on a throne of lies.
   33. 'Spos Posted: February 24, 2013 at 08:25 PM (#4375378)
Loria is a troll.
   34. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: February 24, 2013 at 08:31 PM (#4375381)
If only he was actually JOFFREY Loria and winter was coming ...
   35. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: February 24, 2013 at 11:07 PM (#4375423)
Found out that his daughters testified in court that they don't love him. Ouch. Was unsurprised to read that he's a Republican.
Well, that latter clearly follows, but even for a Garvey that must have sucked.

Still, a guy goes bankrupt, and is unfaithful and unloved? His party affiliation should surprise no one.
   36. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM (#4375427)
Jim Crane is spending even less than Loria and among other things was a war profiteer.

Crane is also a big Obama fundraiser and golfing buddy. However, his most grievous fault is being undercapitalized.
   37. flournoy Posted: February 24, 2013 at 11:31 PM (#4375433)
This would actually be a very high quality trolling exercise by Loria if only he had addressed it as, "LETTER TO OUR FAN."
   38. DFA Posted: February 25, 2013 at 01:41 AM (#4375470)
The history of all 4 '90s expansion teams really fascinates me. All 4 have been to a World Series and count 3 crowns among them. Still though, a reasonable argument could be made that 3 of the 4 are not necessarily the best fits for major league baseball. All the same, Loria is a douche, and even still, between the lines these were viable moves.
   39. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: February 25, 2013 at 12:14 PM (#4375618)
If #5 doesn't get a Primey then the award has no meaning.
   40. The District Attorney Posted: February 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM (#4375629)
   41. DEF: needs food badly Posted: February 25, 2013 at 01:15 PM (#4375660)
I wish Loria still owned the Nationals, so I could concentrate all my loathing in one place instead of spreading it around.
   42. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: February 25, 2013 at 02:04 PM (#4375693)
As the owner of the ballclub, the buck stops with me and I take my share of the blame where it’s due.

... so here's why this isn't my fault --

"[E]arly everyone on our team underperformed as compared to their career numbers";
"[M]any are attacking the County’s method of financing for its contribution, but the Marlins had nothing at all to do with that"; and
"Fans didn’t turn out last season as much as we’d like."
   43. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: February 25, 2013 at 02:07 PM (#4375697)
Jeffrey Loria’s “Letter to our Fans”, "Both of them."
"Jimmy, listen, I know you're upset that we traded Josh Johnson. I hope you understand that we have a ballpark that was paid for by tourists that wins architectural awards. And you, Chuck, you of all people should understand why I had to trade Jose Reyes. And I heard you were complaining about the way the county financed my new ballpark. Hey, listen, that's not my fault. Direct your complaints to them.

Best,
Jeff"
   44. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: February 25, 2013 at 02:17 PM (#4375706)
"Dear Miami,

U Mad?

Jeff"
   45. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: February 25, 2013 at 04:47 PM (#4375831)
"Vicious Cycle of Negativity" would be a good handle.
   46. Ron J2 Posted: February 25, 2013 at 05:14 PM (#4375848)
Jeffrey Loria’s “Letter to our Fans”, "Both of them."


There's a joke that I first heard being told of the New York Titans (but probably goes back further) that went something like: To save time we're not going to announce the starters. The players can go introduce themselves to everybody attending.
   47. Walt Davis Posted: February 25, 2013 at 05:39 PM (#4375870)
As I've pointed out before, other than Heath Bell, the "high-priced" players did fine.

Infante 1.8 WAR in 350 PA
Reyes 2.8
Hanley -- oops, forgot about him, only .5 bWAR although fangraphs liked him more
Buehrle 3.2
Johnson 3.1
Sanchez 1.4 in 19 starts

That's 12 WAR in essentially 4 full seasons plus Hanley. That was hardly a disaster and, even if they'd managed an uncharacteristically high 20 WAR, the Marlins are still under 500.

The problem was everybody else but Stanton. The offense finished with just 4.2 WAR. The three guys above plus Stanton were 10 WAR so the rest of the team was -6. That's bad in case you didn't know. And that's despite a miracle 2.3 WAR from Ruggiano in half a season.

The pitchers were not so embarrassing at 11 WAR meaning the rest of the staff was at least above replacement.

To the extent there was a problem it wasn't the high-priced stars, it was Morrison and Sanchez and thinking Bonafactio was a starter and thinking that all you need for a good pen is a stud closer. Also the low-priced gambles on Z and Lee didn't pay off in the end.
   48. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: February 26, 2013 at 09:16 AM (#4376155)
Dear Fans,

We're moving to the AL and changing our name to the Gators in 2015. Some old man and a kid said if we did that, we'd play in the World Series!

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