If Bud Selig was ever going to follow the lead of the late Bowie Kuhn and act in baseball’s best interest to stop a one sided trade that spit in the face of Miami fans and taxpayers this was it.
However, Selig has failed to respond to the 12 player trade between the Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays that sent almost all of the remaining cream of Miami’s roster to Canada—and that’s a shame, to put it mildly.
...Consider, in the context of good faith, what Larry Beinfest, Miami’s head of baseball operations, said at the time of Guillen’s firing: “Our hope is that a new manager, along with roster improvements, will restore a winning culture.”
Tweeted Giancarlo Stanton, one of the few remaining forces in the Miami lineup: “Alright, I’m pissed off!!! Plan & Simple.”
At a time when money is pouring into baseball through television, internet, merchandising and global expansion, the Marlins have deceived their fans while the Blue Jays have taken advantage of an opportunity. Besides local television contracts that are exploding at an unprecedented rate, the 30 clubs will each receive about $24 million from the new national contracts starting in 2014.
Selig has opened new avenues—on and off the field—-but he should and/or should have closed this one to the Marlins, whose taxpaying fans deserved better.
Posted: November 14, 2012 at 03:44 PM | 7 comment(s)
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