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Marlins Face Uphill Battle To Win Back Fans, Will Seek To Promote Young Players
Published January 22, 2013
BONE TO PICK: In Miami, Barry Jackson reported the Marlins' payroll “projects to” $32.5M, but the total is $45M “counting money they owe other teams from salary-dumping trades.” A source said that if Loria “doesn’t increase” the Marlins’ payroll in the coming months, MLBPA execs “plan to pursue the issue” with MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. But the Marlins “privately believe MLB won’t force them to increase payroll” during ’13 or before ’14 “for a couple of reasons: They assert they lost $40 million last season and won’t make much, if anything, this season, because they expect attendance and associated ballpark revenue to plummet” (MIAMIHERALD.com, 1/20). CBSSPORTS.com's Dayn Perry wrote, "Normally, one would be foolish to imagine Bud Selig's siding against an owner, but -- as was the case last time -- he's also sensitive to the many team owners who are miffed by Loria's skinflint ways." While it is "nice to see that the MLBPA won't stand idly by while Loria and company rip off fans and the remainder of MLB, this kind of thing is likely to continue until he's drummed out of organized baseball" (CBSSPORTS.com, 1/21).