For more then a decade now we the fans of the Florida/Miami Marlins have been held hostage!
Only a decade you ask? Why not more I mean this team has never had a good owner since it's inception in 1993, and so far we have had three terrible ownerships in 20 years.
But see unlike the two previous owners the empire build by Darth Jeffrey Loria, and his henchmen have been built on lies, and false promises. Here we all sat after these guys bought the team, and hoped that what happened in Montreal was only a case of bad luck or poor business advice, and that they were going to be different here.
Anything which could give us some sort of confidence that for once we would have a good ownership which would bring a winning tradition to this town.
2003 came around, and thanks to the work left behind by Dave Dombrowski, and a couple of good moves by the new owners front office we won the series...Hope has arrived right? Not so fast.
This is where our hostage problem began... Knowing full well that they needed a park of their own in order to survive Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria lied to the Miami-dade tax payers about the team's finances, telling them that they needed to get out of the football stadium they were playing in but couldn't afford to build it on their own.
Now I don't know about you but I wouldn't buy a team if I didn't have the money to own it, run it, and build them a new home without the help of the city... But that's just me! I don't like to spend out of my means.
Now It became clear right after that series that instead of a fire sale the style of 97 this would be a slower fire sale. Yes gone were Preston Wilson, Charles Johnson, and Cliff Floyd before the world series but as soon as the series ended in 2003 we lost more players. Some who were here a short time like Pudge, and others who they sent packing who had been here all their major league careers like Dereck Lee.
Over the course of the next couple of years it became very clear that if we the fans didn't support the owners in building them a new home they would have to keep letting players go. The one player which we all wanted to keep was soon on his way out too because he was deemed to expensive. His name is Miguel Cabrera. You might have heard of him he was the 2012 triple crown winner.
Miguel Cabrera was our farm product that we produced.. A possible future hall of famer, and the fans loved the guy. The team made a clear choice, and one which had forever haunted them. They chose to keep Hanley over Miguel.
After getting nothing valuable in return for Cabrera it started to become clear that making trades was not the strong suit of this ball club. Not one player we got for him is here with us today. Detroit raped us in that deal.
Over the course of the decade almost all the draft picks have flopped, and trades have failed.
They have only 2 decent draft picks in this entire decade, and well one is now gone in Josh Johnson. The other one is upset with the club right now because of all these moves, and will be gone soon if he gets his way. I'm talking about Giancarlo Michael Stanton who was the only bright spot on this team, and only 1 of 2 starters from last opening day left on this ball club. The other Logan Morrison who could soon see himself in a new uniform also. Seems like those two, and starter Ricky Nolasco who is the only other player left who's been here for more then a season or two is also on the way out.
Over the last few years the term "Firesale" took a new wording a less offensive one given by the ownership. "Market correction." But we all know that was a nice way of saying "Firesale" and that's what they have done every year until MLB stepped in, and they told the owner that he had to spend money because the owners are getting mad that he keeps pocketing all the revenue sharing. So he spent a little of money on the team but kept the payroll at a level which was middle of the pack in the National League.
Only after the Miami-Dade County Commission agreed to finance most of a new $634 million dollar park did documents get leaked out proving the team was indeed profiting from revenue sharing, and had lied to the public.
But by then Loria already his park approved thanks to the support of the fans, and the crooked politicians who helped... So he made a promise to the public that when the park opened up that the team would have a competitive team, and a good payroll which means they will spend money.
Come opening day 2012, and it looked like he kept his word! He went out, and opened the wallet, and he signed a bunch of terrible players for way too much money. Jose Reyes $106million ???? That my friends is just a joke. There is no way I would ever pay that much for him... EVER!
Heath Bell, and of course just the year before he signed John Buck... Only one player they brought in actually did well, and that was Mark Buehrle who was in the White Sox system his whole career, and speaking off the white sox to top it off he got their loud mouth manager who he had been with his whole career as manager, and yet they couldn't wait to dump him.. Wonder why... And look can you believe it only cost us 2 prospects. So the fans were excited about all these pick ups as many thought this was a sign which we were on our way to winning!!! Right? Well not so fast Fish fans.
See I saw a lot of fans go nuts buying the ugly new hats with the rainbow logos on them, and the ugly jerseys, and all sorts of things in support of the teams new vision of the future with their new park opening up. Life was good in Miami!?
Well wait I wrote about how Hanley had hitting issues, and why they were not trying to fix them, and I did this on Marlins Nation the site, and it was early into the season, and was called a hater after I bashed all these signings last winter.
You see the funny thing is I wasn't fooled! I knew this was all coming, and what gave it away was that all the contracts the owner gave out this past winter of 2011 were back loaded, and had no trade clauses on them. Why? So they could stage this exact fire sale that just happened! Make no mistakes about it folks this whole thing was planned out! The fact they ended up in last place both of the last two seasons is not by accident.
They knew exactly what to do in order to make the team so bad that they simply couldn't compete with the other teams in the National League East... See They went, and signed a bunch of terrible players, and they did it on the idea that if the team sucks bad enough they would have an excuse why to dump the high payroll idea, and adapt a more "Oakland A's" or "Money ball" philosophy.
In other words it was all a big lie! Why did they wait until 2012 to do this? Well see going back to what I wrote here when MLB stepped in, and made them spend some money they had a 3 year agreement with the team. That agreement ended when the final pitch of 2012 was thrown. Meaning now they can spend as little as they want again, and pocket all the money they want again.
You see folks had this franchise actually made these mistakes giving out contracts to players who didnt deserve them like Jose Reyes, and John Buck, and to go with getting nobody in return for a Future hall of Fame player like Cabrera well who ever the GM was would be fired right now on the spot! Unless it was all staged, and planned out like a case of the X FILES.
Maybe Baseball needs it's own "Mulder & Scully" to look into the things that Jeffrey Loria gets away with... Maybe they need someone to Occupy them! Well here we come... This Tuesday November 20th outside of Miami Marlins Park we started our protest.
We were not many, and the media has laughed at us but we will grow, and in time they will understand that we won't stop until there is a new ownership. Make no mistakes here Jeffrey Loria, David Samson, and the rest of you clowns.
This town is fed up with your lies, and you need to leave Miami, and go back to your art dealers in New York where you belong. Here I bring you a video of some of the protesters outside the park... This is the first of many videos... It's time we Occupy The Marlins.
You can also read my column over on Marlins Nation.
You can also read my column over on Marlins Nation.