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SBD/October 5, 2012/Franchises
Sources: Marlins Owner Loria Getting Internal Pressure To Fire Ozzie Guillen
Published October 5, 2012
MIXED EMOTIONS: In Miami, Clark Spencer writes the Marlins “have plenty of work to do in order to improve in 2013.” The element that “went wrong” this season was “upper-level management -- meaning everyone from Loria to the front office -- grossly overestimated the team’s returning talent from the 2011 season.” Spencer: “Did the Marlins overpay for free agents Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell during their December spending spree? Very likely, yes." High-dollar free agents "are rarely bargains for any team.” Meanwhile, an aspect that “went right” in ’12 was the opening of Marlins Park, which is “eye-catching, to say the least.” Though it was “Death Valley for home run hitters, fans seemed to like the joint.” The ballpark was “worthy of high praise.” The product on the field, “not so much” (MIAMI HERALD, 10/5).