He should do us all a favor and sell the team.
Max Winitz, Sarasota
WHAT A coincidence — the Marlins had their fire sale after the election! And just think, the School Board has over a billion dollars to squander!
Robert C. VanValkenburg Jr.
THE CIRQUE du Travesty rolls on with the Miami Marlins. The clowns under the retractable-roof big top of a stadium first duped Miami-DAde County into paying for their traveling home. Now, after a predictable debacle of a season, there’s yet another fire sale.
The sad part is that had the Marlins won the World Series this year, the team would have likely been dismantled anyway. Now the remaining fans get to watch another crop of ex-Marlins flourish on new teams.
After the Marlins’ finances were leaked to the public, not a penny from my pocket will reach Jeffrey Loria and his ring leaders as long as they run the Marlins like a circus and treat their players and the community like caged animals.
LET THIS be a lesson to the next town approached by a snake-oil salesman making promises about how much benefit, success and prosperity he will bring to their community — if only they will pay for his baseball stadium. Kudos to Norman Braman; he was right all along and, deep down inside, we knew it.
Tony Sanchez, Miami
HOW CAN the Marlins do this to their fans? Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes traded in a fire sale to Toronto. We have been season ticket holders for the past 16 years. Forget about it now! Yes, we are more than upset, and we know that the fan base that the team used to have will follow our path. How can Marlins’ management do this? Save money after they got the stadium? Where’s the hope that was supposed to follow with the building of the stadium? We are disappointed and upset.
Jerome Rader, Coconut Creek
WE HAVE seen two businessmen at work:
1. Jeffrey Loria was able to dupe the taxpayers, fans and most members of the Miami and Miami-Dade commissions. What does Loria care about us? He will get his millions
2. Norman Braman, who spent his own money trying to tell us to watch out for Loria, and what was to come.
Whom would you look up to?
Gerry Goldstein, Miami Beach
I’M DISGUSTED by Jeffrey Loria’s actions. He duped an entire community into believing he cared about putting a great product on the field. We fell for it and funded his ugly stadium. He even had the gall to refuse to pay property taxes on the parking garages built for him by the city.
There should be a state investigation into the fraud committed by the Marlins organization and the public officials who approved the funding.
Maybe then we could recoup some of those billions and spend them where they’re really needed — our schools, roads and infrastructure.
Robert Twomey, Orlando
YOU CAN usually tell when a person, organization or company is making every attempt possible to please its customers or the public.
It is so simple. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist or a Dr. Phil to realize that Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has no intentions of accomplishing that goal, even after the county helped finance a large part of the stadium construction.
Most individuals, organizations, companies, cities, states and teams have a strong desire to be No. 1. It’s not only good for the pockets; along with that comes a sense of accomplishment, too — pride and unity.
Loria missed this lesson with his latest trade of so many good Marlins players. Except, of course, it was good for his pockets. What his plans are, I do not know. For sure, he will not increase attendance with that lineup. But I don’t think he really cares. But I do know one thing: When the public wants to lower the sales volume of a store, what do they do? They don’t shop there.
Get it? Hint, hint!
Robert Gonzalez, Miami
WHY IS everyone so upset with Jeffrey Loria for trading all these high-priced over paid ball players? If my memory holds true, isn’t this the same thing Wayne Huizenga did after the Marlins won the World Series? He also denied he was going to sell the team.
Fans are all upset over this, but they forget that it is all about money for the owners and nothing more.
Jim Stoodley, Hollywood