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SBD/February 28, 2013/Franchises
Samson Defends Marlins PR Initiative, But Is Apologetic For Situation
Published February 28, 2013
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DISCONNECT BETWEEEN OWNERSHIP, FANS: Miami Herald columnist Greg Cote said there is a "big disconnect between what the club is thinking and what fans are thinking." Cote: "The club keeps talking business and fans are hearing betrayal. Fans are very angry and disappointed and upset. Mr. Loria said the other day that we have energized the franchise, which left all of South Florida shaking its head. I think there’s a basic disconnect between the club feeling it’s doing what it needs to do and the populace down here just throwing up its hands and going, ‘Here we go again.'" ESPN's Darren Rovell said, "What’s interesting is that there are many people within baseball, many owners, who actually like Jeffrey Loria. They think that he is well-meaning." He added Loria's worst flaw may be that he "doesn't necessarily have the tact to talk to the common folk, and that probably comes from his art world” ("OTL," ESPN, 2/27). The AP’s Tim Dahlberg wrote Loria’s “decision this week to embark on a public relations campaign to convince fans he was right to trade the team’s top talent … because he wanted to make the Marlins better, reeked of arrogance.” Dahlberg: “It didn’t work mostly because Loria acted the way he always acts -- like he’s the smartest person in the room.” The open letter to fans “went over about as well as former manager Ozzie Guillen praising Fidel Castro" last season. Dahlberg: “One newspaper called Loria the most hated man in baseball, and with Frank McCourt no longer controlling the Dodgers and Alex Rodriguez on the disabled list, it’s hard to argue with that” (AP, 2/27).
NOT AN APPLES FOR APPLES TRADE: Loria this week repeatedly defended trading SS Jose Reyes and Ps Josh Johnson and Mark Buerhle, among others, to the Blue Jays, claiming the move was celebrated by baseball experts. But ESPN.com's Keith Law said, "They really didn't get enough in return given the quality of the players they were giving up and given the contracts. ... It was quite clear that the Marlins' No. 1 priority was dumping the contract rather than getting the maximum possible return in young players.” Samson said, "It’s tough to know who’s going to pan out as a prospect and who’s not. But when you’re doing a trade ... you have to look at the contracts that you’re trading and you have to look at what the value of the contracts (are)" ("OTL," ESPN, 2/27).