I have to say that Major League Baseball are “stuck on stupid” when it comes to dealing with the Miami Marlins and letting them get away with having a “fire sale” whenever they want to have one.
How does the saying go – fool me once, shame on you…fool me twice, shame on me…but what about the third time? YOU’RE STUPID!!!!
Come on now, ever since they became an “expansion team” in 1993, the Marlins have been pinching pennies for the most part. They spent a pile of free agent money back in the 90s to put together a competitive team that won the 1997 World Series, then they broke the team down to the bare elements. In 2003, the Marlins made a surprise run to win another World Series title, and had their second fire sale right after, fading from relevance again.
Now the Marlins went all out to try to cover up this third and biggest fleecing of the MLB. They started to grab “big-time players” again, revamped their logo and changed the name from Florida to Miami and built that brand new stadium in the middle of Little Havana.
Marlins Park has a night club, a bobblehead museum, an aquarium behind home plate, and a home run “sculpture” rising above the centerfield fence — a bunch of marlins pinwheel around like crazy when the team hits a one out.
Here was the warning signs that fans and especially the MLB should have detected what was coming down the pike. The Marlins told Miami residents for years before the stadium was built, we need your help. Miami-Dade County is on the hook for some $2.4 billion in debt payments on the stadium over 40 years. “We are in business to make money,” David Samson, president of the Marlins, and stepson of team owner Jeffrey Loria, an art dealer.
Now the bottom has fallen, the Marlins turned on the red light and announced that “All must go!” Miami has shipped two other major off-season acquisitions from last season, former New York Mets shortstop and 2011 batting champion Jose Reyes, and starting pitcher Mark Buehrle, as well as top-line starter Josh Johnson, up north to Toronto. Infielder Emilio Bonifacio and catcher John Buck are also headed out of Miami. In return, the Blue Jays gave Miami second-tier major leaguers and prospects.
One of Miami’s few remaining marquee players, outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, reacted appropriately. On Twitter…
Alright, I’m pissed off!!! Plain & Simple
— Giancarlo Stanton (@Giancarlo818) November 13, 2012
This is definitely a salary dump in every sense of the word and the question is how long MLB going to let the Marlins do this? It is at the point now where the fans don’t trust the Miami Marlins and it seems like the owners and the organization don’t care about their transactions and what they put out on the field. Plain and simple, the Marlins is treating this as a BUSINESS.
I’m just saying!
Written by AG2