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SBD/April 1, 2013/MLB Season Preview
Marlins Execs Predict Operating Loss For '13; Records Show $47M Deficit In '12
Published April 1, 2013
DISCONNECT GROWING BETWEEN OWNERSHIP, FANS: In Ft. Lauderdale, Rodriguez & Davis noted while the Marlins are entering their 21st season, they have "yet to make a firm dent into the South Florida fabric as the other professional franchises have achieved." The Marlins have yet to "establish an identity due to constant player turnover rate." Even the "dawn of a brand-new stadium has not created the attraction needed to become a foothold in the community." Weary Marlins fans have "grown tired of the franchise's excuses to constantly discard high-priced veterans" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 3/31). In West Palm Beach, Joe Capozzi noted attendance at the home opener "might serve as a public referendum on how fans feel" about Loria. ESPN's John Kruk said, "If I was a fan of the Marlins I would be confused, upset and not sure I’d be willing to spend my money anymore to go watch them" (PALM BEACH POST, 3/31). In Miami, Greg Cote writes Loria "cares about winning, supposedly, but sells off his best players (again) and presents a team young and (most importantly) cheap." Samson is "what you’d expect: A loyal lieutenant to his boss and former stepfather." But he also "personifies the disconnect continuing" between the team and fans. Marlins ownership "moves forward as if fans should be so enamored of the new ballpark that the players inside the uniforms hardly matter" (MIAMI HERALD, 4/1).