A's ownership could learn from Marlins ownership on how not to run a baseball team.
Jeffrey Loria, the man who ran baseball into the ground in two countries, continues to bungle his business and make fans turn away from the game despite an economic climate in which owners receive unprecedented revenues and profits.
Why Loria, the Marlins' owner, isn't forced from the game like ex-Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is alarming, considering the damage he has done wherever he goes. In Miami, just like Montreal, where he ruined any last hope to maintain big-league baseball, he talks big and looks small.
After convincing taxpayers to pay for most of the Marlins' $634 million stadium, Loria did what he does best - perform a salary dump, just like in Montreal and after the 2003 Marlins won the World Series with players he inherited.
Within one year of opening the park, after promising to spend money to be competitive, Loria dumped most of his top players, giving up on his team and fan base while assuring himself of excessive proceeds through revenue sharing.
Say what you want about A's owners John Fisher and Lew Wolff and their pursuit of San Jose. They haven't done two things that Loria has: professed to know more about baseball than baseball people (in that regard, Wolff defers to Billy Beane) and threatened to bolt from the region (as Loria did in two locales).


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/athletics/shea/article/At-least-A-s-aren-t-caught-in-Miami-vise-4310751.php#ixzz2M7PvxXmy