Originally Posted by dexternjack
Loria was forced to go out and field a good/popular team in order to get their new stadium. Selig kind of forced his hand to do so and now Loria is unloading all that money.
This is a crooked situation there and something needs to be done to the Marlins. Selig made the Dodgers owner sell, my Mets Wilpon's are in worse shape and nothing happens to them.
Basically, the Marlin fans got screwed over big time
Where does the idea that the Marlins went out and signed a bunch of high dollar guys "in order to get a new stadium" come from?
The signing of all these guys came after the stadium issues were settled and the construction was almost complete. These players had absolutely nothing to do with "GETTING" the new taxpayer sponsored stadium.
There were "questionable" things pertaining to how the whole stadium thing went down. But, that all had to do with getting it done/approved and the funding. There was even talk of an investigation into the process and the politicians and the Marlins as to how it happened, but this has nothing to do with the players they signed as free agents.
The Marlins signed guys to a lotta $$$ in hopes it would make a big splash with the opening of the new stadium. It backfired.
So, why continue to pay out all those $$$ for a 69 win team? They can do that with far less $$$ going out. Get young guys and prospects and try to improve that way.
I think the owner is pond scum and bad for baseball. I'm not defending him in any way, but lets at least get the facts sorta right.
In actuality, this scenario is good for America. Other cities wont be as inclined to give into sports owners and their hostage like demands and throw away millions of $$$ that the team should put up. If the team wnats to keep all the profits - then - pay the expenses in the process. If the team is willing to split the profits with the cities that fund stadiums then that is another thing.