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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Biz of Baseball: Jeffrey Loria and Hoof in Mouth Disease

Maury adds…“Would you like some tripe, monsieur? It’s wafer thin.”

The worst thing about this behavior is that it’s poisoning the market. The Marlins don’t have much history to lean upon. This is still the first generation of baseball for the Marlins. This isn’t the Yankees or Red Sox, or even the Brewers. What Loria and Co. are offering is a sports fan’s version of battered-spouse syndrome. You get a few glimpses of happiness and a lot of abuse. Along the way, he’s saying it will all be better. Just stick with him and in a few years, it will all be sunshine. And, each year, it’s something new. Each year, it’s a new excuse. Each year you don’t really see any actions that speak louder than words. No developed talent is given extensions (unless they are forced to, as was the case in 2010 when the MLBPA nearly filed a grievance with the league over them, and with it, they decided then would be a good time to give Josh Johnson an extension. Where exactly is he now?), no-trade clauses are about being able to jerk the wheel of the Titanic called the Marlins this way and that rather than about long-terms flexibility that makes sense. It’s all making it up as they go.

None of this gets into bamboozling the public out of the stadium that will be mostly empty in its second season in the league. I believe that not only will the Marlins not sellout a single game this season, but they will see the largest drop in second year attendance for a new ballpark since Bud Selig’s tenure began.

Speaking of Bud, he’s grabbing the antacid today. You see, Loria isn’t Frank McCourt. He’s sneakier than that. The former Dodger owner ran the club into bankruptcy, and that was the ammo he and the owners needed to leverage him out of the game. For Loria, his actions are enough to make everyone’s blood boil, but he stands at the very edge of the dogs on their leashes, snubbing his nose as they bark just out of reach. As one high-revenue club said, “We don’t like them (the Marlins) very much.”

So, the blight on the league continues. At some point, Loria will no longer own the club, and as was the case with Tom Hicks, and Frank McCourt, fans will rejoice. The question will be, has he so derailed the market as to have it rebound in his wake? In some senses, you wonder whether he would relish in that. “Look at all I’ve done,” he might say… as he snubs his nose, yet again.

 

Repoz Posted: February 27, 2013 at 03:53 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: business, marlins

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   1. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 27, 2013 at 04:12 PM (#4377189)
The headline is a mix-up of "foot-in-mouth disease" and "hoof and mouth disease." That being the case, the article really should be about A-Rod.
   2. Anonymous Observer Posted: February 27, 2013 at 05:31 PM (#4377270)
The worst thing about this behavior is that it’s poisoning the market.


Just like he did in Montreal. Is anybody really surprised that he's doing it in Miami?
   3. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: February 27, 2013 at 05:37 PM (#4377274)
As one high-revenue club said, “We don’t like them (the Marlins) very much.”


Maybe the local firebrands of the Baseball Pink Factory should remind this club representative that Mr. Loria deserves as much free money as Bud deigns to give him and perhaps even more, as his reward for accepting an exclusive fiefdom in the small market of South Florida.
   4. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: February 27, 2013 at 05:39 PM (#4377275)
Double post? I mean, yeah, what he said!
   5. cardsfanboy Posted: February 27, 2013 at 07:19 PM (#4377316)
There has to be some way that MLB can force Loria to sell. I mean as it stands now, he is basically raking in the cash, while not even pretending to give a good faith effort to compete any time soon. Nor is he pretending to do anything to develop his own revenue stream to help reduce the amount that the league gives him as part of the revenue sharing.
   6. bobm Posted: February 27, 2013 at 08:38 PM (#4377338)
At some point, Loria Wilpon will no longer own the club Mets , and as was the case with Tom Hicks, and Frank McCourt, fans will rejoice


Fixed that for Mets fans ...
   7. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: February 27, 2013 at 09:28 PM (#4377361)
There has to be some way that MLB can force Loria to sell. I mean as it stands now, he is basically raking in the cash, while not even pretending to give a good faith effort to compete any time soon. Nor is he pretending to do anything to develop his own revenue stream to help reduce the amount that the league gives him as part of the revenue sharing.


Well surely nobody could have anticipated that unearned torrents of free money would have a negative effect on a franchise's efforts to expand their fanbase.
   8. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: February 28, 2013 at 01:18 AM (#4377461)
The worst thing about this behavior is that it’s poisoning the market.
No. That's not the worst thing.

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