Earlier today, we mentioned that Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria put out a full-page ad on multiple south Florida newspapers, showing a "letter to our fans" that was supposed to persuade Marlins fans that all was not lost with the organization. Indeed, the Marlins are just trying to improve and make something out of a bad situation.
Well, having read the letter myself, I found that very little of it was actually convincing. You can read the full transcript over at The Miami Herald website, but here are some interesting parts with my responses:
As the owner of the ballclub, the buck stops with me and I take my share of the blame where it's due. However, many of the things being said about us are simply not true. I've sat by quietly and allowed this to continue. Now it's time for me to respond to our most important constituents, the fans who love the game of baseball.
It is hard to believe that the fans are such an important constituency when they seem to be the ones who suffer the most from Loria's actions as meddlesome owner of the team. And as far as blame being taken, the fans have yet to hear any sort of blame acceptance on the part of Loria, but have witnessed former manager Ozzie Guillen take a heavy hitting along with hearing rumors regarding Larry Beinfest's dismissal, not to mention the constant reprise of the team's on-field failures last season. This is truthfully the only time Loria has ever "taken blame" from anyone within the organization (understandably so, since he is everyone else's boss).
Miami Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria Does Not Convince Anyone with "Letter to Our Fans"
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