Oct. 2, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria looks on before a game between the New York Mets and the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Image Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Dugout Dirt: Miami Does Not Deserve Baseball

The city of Miami in Florida is no longer deserving of a Major League Baseball franchise. If they wish to have a minor league franchise, that would be fine by me. But a MLB team? Not in the hands of Jeffrey Loria.

Loria has shown time and time again that he just does not care to contend. We’ve seen that in the amount of managers that the team has hired and fired over the years.

Hanley Ramirez was a star but he was unhappy with having to move from short stop after the Marlins acquired Jose Reyes. Ramirez is now playing for the Dodgers.

Jose Reyes just got shipped out to Toronto along with Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle. That’s a salary dump right there.

It’s not just FOX Sports senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal making the argument that Jeffrey Loria should just go ahead and sell the Miami Marlins. Rosenthal argues that Bud Selig should nullify the trade:

I’d say that commissioner Bud Selig should invoke his “best interest of baseball” powers to nullify the blockbuster. But frankly, the best interests of baseball would be better served if the deal led to Loria’s demise.

It’s also people like South Florida Sun-Sentinel sports columnist Dave Hyde. Hyde writes in his column this morning:

This is what you were told would never happen again. This is why a publicly-funded stadium was built. This is why they re-invented the franchise last winter – new stadium, new uniform, new logo, new payroll.

Same old Loria.

Either Jeffrey Loria goes on his own merit or Bud Selig bans him from baseball. As an owner, the Marlins got a new stadium that was paid for by the taxpayers in the sum of 80% according to a report in the Miami Herald earlier this year.

On the MLB Network, John Smoltz said that the Toronto Blue Jays should be able to compete with anybody as a result of the trade with the Marlins.

Toronto Sun sports columnist Ken Fidlin told me that both Johnson and Buehrle “will solidify a starting rotation that was in shambles because of injury and poor production from the middle of June onward in 2012.”

Fidlin had a lot more to say.

“Reyes will improve a Toronto offense that was leading all MLB teams in runs scored on August 1, when they crashed and burned because of the loss of Jose Bautista, Brett Lawrie and J.P. Arencibia.

“It will be interesting how things shape up in the AL East. Both Boston and New York have a lot of building to do in a hurry to be competitive. They have the resources, obviously, to do that, but will they make the right choices? The Rays are solid but, as always, are challenged financially to maintain what they have. There is a body of thought that the Orioles will regress in 2013 because they came too far, too fast. I saw enough of that team last year to doubt that. I think they will be contenders again in 2013.

“The other thing to consider is that, as we sit here, it’s November 14. Hardly anything has happened in the trade/free agent market, save for this major deal. I doubt Alex Anthopoulos is done. He now has an improved talent base from which to manufacture additional trades. I would think that, with a payroll that sits at about $120 million right now, he’s not going to add much salary but he may be able to package up some pieces to get a left fielder and maybe an upgrade at DH or 1B, to complement Edwin Encarnacion.

“The next 60 days are going to be about player movement and Anthopoulos is not going on vacation after just this one massive transaction.”

Miami Marlins fans have every right to be mad with Jeffrey Loria. He simply does not care about the product on the field. If you are a Blue Jays fan, be happy.

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