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The Loria Factor

It has come to be understood through a series of fire sales, controversies, and broken promises that the state of the Miami Marlins is a dismal one. The criminalized owner Jeffery Loria has left a stain on his franchise, and a bad taste in the mouths of fans everywhere. Every Analyst on every major website, TV show, and radio station never cease to criticize the penny pinching ways of Mr. Loria. It's no secret that many fans believe Loria should sell the team, there's even a Facebook page called "Force Jeffery Loria to sell the Marlins". The widespread belief seems to be that the Marlins will never experience sustained success until they are sold to a new owner. Loria's actions have cast a shadow over the team, lowering their free agent drawing power, and attendance has been dismal since the opening of the park.

I'm going to come out and say that yes, I obviously would not mind a change of ownership, however that does not mean that I am utterly hopeless in regards to the future of the franchise. The Marlins are never going to be a big market, history-filled team, at least not for a while. The Marlins are not the Red Sox, or the Cardinals, or the Yankees. Those teams spend a lot of money, and win a lot of games. Marlins baseball is about young, exciting players. It's about making the most of what you have to spend. It's different, and it can be a lot of fun when it works, just look at the pirates.I live in Boston, I know what the Red Sox culture is like. They have high expectations, high payroll, and high attendance. They are the polar opposite of the Marlins. The Marlins have no expectations! all that means to me, is that when they win, it's going to be that much more exciting. Instead of pout about how Loria is ruining the team, give him a few years to prove himself, and see if he retains the young talent he has assembled. If not, let's hope that the new commissioner will intervene.

....Until then, let's hope for the best out of the new faces in the front office, and the new players on the field.

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