Tag:Jeffrey Loria
Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:19 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2011 9:13 am
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Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Marlins new uniforms

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Every step of the way it looked like the Marlins were poised to make some disastrous choices leading up to their announcement of new uniforms to coincide with the name change from Florida to Miami.

First it was the logo -- and that wasn't too good.

Then the hat -- another strike.

But you know what? Like David Freese, the Marlins delivered with two strikes. The final uniform is, dare I say, much better than the sum of its parts and actually, well, good.

No, it's not traditional and it's not the Yankees, Red Sox or Dodgers -- but it's not boring (looking at you Padres) or monumentally ugly (like the Mo Vaughn-era Angels or the original Rays). Nope, they're different and good -- or at least some of them are.

The actual colors are red-orange, blue and yellow.

The red-orange piping on the all white home set works well, actually giving a nice change of pace from the usual or even the overdone pinstripes. The plain gray road uni does seem to have something missing, which oddly, may be a splash of color.

I'm still not sure how the hat works on its own, or as a fan's symbol of his support. But in the context of the uniform, the black hat is fine. The team appeared to stick to just one hat -- the solid black number we'd seen before was used with all combinations of the uniform during Friday's unveiling. Some "leaked" mock-ups of the team's uniforms show all sorts of color combinations, but the black lid was worn with all the team's color combos. However, the MLB.com store has this red-orange hat for sale and it's labeled as the road cap (and may help the road grays break their gray-ness):

Marlins new hat

One thing that is odd, is that the word "Miami" is on both the home and road uniforms. Usually the team name is on the home uniform and the city name on the road kit. WIth the change to Miami as the team's primary geographic locator. The red-orange alternate does have "Marlins" across the chest, while the black alternate sticks with "Miami" across the chest. I'm interested to see how often they're used, but I like the red-orange alternates much better than the black ones -- they're different, while just about every team (it seems) has a black jersey. That said, the white trim on the black road jersey looks nice.

Overall, the look fits Miami -- it's a little garish and something you won't find anywhere else, but that's how it should be. It's also not a throwback, which fits in with the futuristic looking ballpark. If the Marlins wore something more traditional while playing in the game's most forward-looking home it would be out of place. What they are wearing, for the most part, looks the part.

Of course, all that said, this monstrosity is still expected to be in center field. 

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Posted on: July 15, 2011 8:27 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Guillen: 'I should be fired'

Ozzie GuillenBy C. Trent Rosecrans

It's been a good month since we've had a good ol' Ozzie Guillen rant. So thanks to the Detroit reporter who asked Guillen if he was feeling pressure because of the White Sox's disappointing first half.

From the Chicago Tribune:

"Pressure about what, getting fired?" Guillen said. "I don't give a [bleep] if I get fired. I'm the only manager in baseball who [bleeping] don't care about getting fired. I don't at all. If I get fired, it's [because] I don't do the job, I don't know where or why or what I do, but no. I should get fired. Look at the team they give me, and we not playing well. I will take that. I think people think I no do a good job with this ballclub, I don't mind.

"You know what? Every time I go home I feel satisfied with what I supposed to do. I think I put the energy, passion, love for this ballclub. Hopefully this ballclub gets better to make me look better. If the ballclub play good, I'm a great manager. No?"

Guillen is signed through 2012, so he can't feel too much pressure, because he'll still get paid. And as soon as he is out of Chicago, we know Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria will have no qualms about firing whoever is managing his team whenever Guillen becomes available.

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Posted on: June 20, 2011 7:05 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 7:53 pm
 

Marlins' owner Loria is worse than Steinbrenner

Loria

By Evan Brunell


Florida is on its fifth skipper in two years, fired its hitting coach in an unpopular move based on a string of one-run losses and traded one of its best hitters in the offseason when he dared to turn down a contract offer. That's just the latest in the saga that's unfolded under Jeffrey Loria's ownership, one that's drawn him comparisons to George Steinbrenner in New York.

But Loria is much worse than Steinbrenner.

Let's start with the similarities between Steinbrenner and Loria. The art dealer who came to the Marlins after negotiating a sweetheart deal to walk away from the Montreal Expos and let them relocate has unreasonable expectations for his teams, believing the Marlins should be playoff contenders. Last season, they were a true-talent team of a .500 club and finished 80-82. But that didn't save manager Fredi Gonzalez's job. He was fired with a 34-36 record.

Before Gonzalez, the Fish cut bait with manager Joe Girardi after he drew Loria's ire for not being a lackey, for standing up to Loria when the owner was berating umpires in his front-row seat next to the Marlins' dugout. In his only season with the Marlins, Girardi won Manager of the Year in 2005 after guiding the club to a 78-84 record. Steinbrenner, of course, had his own quick trigger with coaches and managers, overrating his team at times and overreacting to the downs that comprise an entire season.

But Loria also put Edwin Rodriguez in a tough position when elevating him to manager and never letting up. Before Rodriguez's resignation Sunday, there were rumblings that the first Puerto Rican to manage in the majors would be replaced by ownership over the objections of the baseball operations department. Rodriguez had guided the team to a 30-20 record on May 29, but a 2-19 record sealed Rodriguez's fate. He decided to take matters into his own hands and walk away as opposed to being fired. Rodriguez was already in an untenable position, being slotted as a lame duck after replacing Gonzalez amid rumors that the Marlins were trying to trade for White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.

After Florida overturned every stone and failed to entice Bobby Valentine out of retirement, they signed Rodriguez to a one-year deal, clearly meant to bridge the gap until Florida found someone better. It would be to no surprise if the Marlins finagled Guillen's arrival in South Florida once the year is over. (And how exactly are Guillen and Loria supposed to get along?) Rodriguez never really got a chance to succeed, and when you pair that with an owner who will overlook a hot 30-20 start and focus on 2-19, the future is clear. Yes, a 2-19 start will threaten many a manager's job, but Rodriguez was in an unenviable position and charged with taking a young, cheap team to October.

Steinbrenner, however, never made excuses for his team losing. He cared about nothing more than winning, and his knee-jerk reactions stemmed from an overwhelming desire to win. That can't be said of Loria, who appears to look at his bank statement as the true barometer of winning.

Loria's image has never been favorable in this regard, but it took a massive hit last season when financial documents from several teams were leaked to the public. The Marlins made $37.8 million in 2008 while negotiating for a new park in which the team will only chip in $155 million for a complex expected to cost around $634 million, a report from Yahoo! Sports said. Taxpayers will have to make up the difference, and the park will end up costing $2.4 billion by 2049.

As part of these financial documents, Yahoo! Sports showed that Loria put millions into the pockets of himself and team president David Samson by listing Double Play Co. as a "managing general partner" -- the only baseball team to have a management fee among the six teams who saw financials leaked.

The CEO of Double Play?

Loria.

The president?

Samson.

Loria has taken untold millions that could have and should have been invested in the team and lined his own pockets while bald-face lying to Miami in order to get a new park and playing Ebenezer Scrooge as far as putting a quality team on the field. For years now, the Marlins have been able to stay rather relevant thanks to their superb job of acquiring young players who go on to make an impact.

Thanks to Larry Beinfest and Michael Hill in the baseball operations department (who have set the Marlins up for a long run of success once again), Loria has been able to justify his unrealistic expectations of Florida making the playoffs year in and year out and yet handicap the club with a small operating payroll, a practice that continues to this day.

The best slugger the Marlins have had in recent seasons has been second baseman Dan Uggla, who rejected a four-year, $48 million deal from the club. This was a significant concession by the Marlins, as they were offering to make Uggla the highest-paid player in franchise history, and yet it was a contract offer below what Uggla could get on the free-agent market. So they traded him to the division-rival Braves, whereupon he promptly signed a five-year, $62 million deal.

Last season, the Marlins had contract talks breaking down with ace Josh Johnson, and it would have surprised no one had Johnson been traded. The player's union swooped in, however, complaining about the Marlins' payroll and practices. That caused baseball to ask Florida to improve its payroll, so the Marlins did just enough to fend off the union by signing Johnson to a four-year, $39 million pact.

That type of miserly spending means the Marlins are usually a young ballclub -- one that lacks experience, leadership, knowledge of how to handle the grueling 162-game schedule, replete with all the distractions it has to offer, both on and off the field.

The latest distraction in Rodriguez's resigning is just another chapter in Loria's sordid career as a baseball owner. With a new ballpark on the way and an improving team, he's not going anywhere anytime soon, which leads to the question: How is Loria good for the game but Mark Cuban isn't?

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Posted on: June 16, 2011 8:58 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 9:08 pm
 

Marlins haven't 'pondered' a managerial move

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria isn't thinking about changing managers… yet.

Marlins president David Samson spoke to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post about the team's struggles, but if I'm Rodriguez, the quotes aren't making me think about ditching the rental and buying real estate in South Florida.

The Marlins fired their hitting coach a week ago, so it's no surprise a reporter would be asking about Rodriguez's job status. Still, Samson didn't sound prepared to answer that particular question.

"It's not something that I have pondered with Jeffrey. I can't really say that… I can't really say, to be honest with you…" Samson said. "List, [general manager] Larry [Beinfest] and I are talking every day. Larry is talking with his baseball people to figure out what the best thing we can do, how we can get this turned around. Obviously, it got sour very quickly. I've never seen something turn as quickly, so we've got to figure out what, if anything, needs to be done."

The Marlins, with their loss on Thursday, have lost seven in a row and 15 of their last 16 (or 17 of their last 19, if you want to go back even a little further). Given the Marlins fired hitting coach John Mallee last week and Rodriguez only has a contract through the end of this year, it's understandable if he's feeling the heat. Add to those Loria's history of a quick trigger, it wouldn't be a shock of Rodriguez already has his office packed up ready to go at a moment's notice.

"I saw the firing of Mallee coming," Rodriguez told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. "I was more worried about Mallee than firing me. I think it would be a mistake [to fire me] because I don't think anything is going to change on the field. I'm grateful they gave me a chance to be here. What they do after this, whatever they want to do."

Last June Loria fired Fredi Gonzalez and named Rodriguez the interim manager. After flirting with several other managerial choices, most notably Bobby Valentine, Rodriguez was named the manager for the rest of the season and then given a contract for just the 2011 season. Many expect Loria to go after a big-name manager for 2012 when the Marlins move into their new stadium and perhaps make another run at Valentine.

Rodriguez at least has his best player behind him.

"I'm on his side," Hanley Ramirez told the Miami Herald. "Whatever he does, I'm good for it, because he's the best guy we've ever had here.

"Everything is bad right now. But he's there for you. I'll never complain about anything he does. He's a pretty good guy and a pretty good manager. He's smart."

Rodriguez is certainly smart enough to know his days as Marlins manager are numbered.

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Posted on: March 26, 2011 10:50 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/26: Marlins on a roll

Wes Helms
By C. Trent Rosecrans

3 UP

Florida Marlins -- It seemed like something of a joke a week-and-a-half ago when Florida owner Jeffrey Loria blew up at his team over their spring training play. At the time, the Marlins were 5-13 and losers of nine straight. Since then, they've gone 7-1-1, including Saturday's 6-5 victory over the Cardinals with a walk-off single from Wes Helms (above). Sure, the wins don't count, but even in the spring, it's better to win than to lose -- and also to keep the boss happy.

Alex Rodriguez, Yankees -- Rodriguez hit his sixth homer of the spring on Saturday and fifth int he last eight games. A-Rod has had a sweltering spring, hitting .422/.469/.978. 

Justin Verlander, Tigers -- It doesn't count, but the Tigers' ace just wrapped up a pretty damn impressive spring. In six starts he went 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA. He struck out 23, walked three in 28 innings, while giving up 21 hits and three runs. He finished it on Saturday, allowing five hits and a run in seven innings against the Phillies.

3 DOWN

Ryan Franklin, Cardinals -- It's the position Franklin is paid to succeed in -- the Cardinals go into the ninth inning with a 5-3 lead and three outs to go for the win. Greg Dobbs led off the bottom of the ninth for the Marlins before Franklin recorded two outs. Jeff Domiguez doubled to make it 5-4, then Jorge Padilla followed with another double to tie the game and then Helms singled in Padilla to give Florida a 6-5 victory.

Braves defense -- Atlanta had five errors in Saturday's 8-2 loss to the Mets. Right fielder Wilkin Ramirez had two errors, while Brooks Conrad, Jonny Venters and Joe Mather each had one. The Braves have 32 errors in 31 games this spring. The Braves had 126 errors last season, one fewer than the Nationals and Pirates in the bottom spot for that stat in the National League.

Aroldis Chapman, Reds -- The Reds fireballer didn't record an out in his outing against the World Champions. After back-to-back singles, a wild pitch allowed the first run to score, then he hit Mark DeRosa. After that Charlie Culberson singled and Andres Torres doubled. In all, Chapman gave up four hits and five runs, with converted infielder Jerry Gil allowing his inherited runners to score, while giving up a run of his own.

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Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:13 pm
Edited on: March 16, 2011 9:16 pm
 

Marlins owner unhappy with spring performance

Jeffrey LoriaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Pretty much everyone associated with baseball will at some point utter the phrase, "it's only spring" this time of year, but don't tell that to Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria.

The Marlins lost their ninth consecutive game on Wednesday and fell to 5-13 in Grapefruit League play, the worst mark among Florida teams.

"I know it's only spring training," Loria told the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi, "but it's time to take a look in the mirror. We're better than this. It's time to show it. We need to be playing as a team and we need to hit."

The Marlins have scored a National League-low 62 runs this spring, and have the 27th-ranked fielding percentage in the majors.

Among big league teams this spring, the Marlins are 28th in batting average (.252), last in runs scored (65), 26th in ERA (5.54), 25th in runs allowed (115) and 27th in fielding percentage (.967).

"Uninspired baseball," Loria said. "Inconsistent and not acceptable. Very few guys have focused on what they're here for. Very few."

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said he's disappointed as well.

"It's not the losses. It's the way we've been losing," Rodriguez said. "I know it's spring training, but it's a game. As a professional you want to win regardless of what type of game you're playing."

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 7:19 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 7:20 pm
 

No car for Giants' Ross

Cody Ross Can't blame Cody Ross for trying to get Jeffrey Loria's red Ferrari.

Apparently, before the 2009 season, Loria told his Marlins players he'd give his car to anyone who won a postseason MVP. After Ross, who was claimed off waivers from the Marlins by the Giants in August, won the National League Championship Series, he called up his old boss.

"(Ross) said, 'I won [the MVP] for the NLCS. Does that count?'," Loria told the Miami Herald 's Clark Spencer. "I said, 'Not exactly' and 'You're not playing for us. But I'm very happy for you."

Loria said he'd told the team that whoever won the World Series MVP for the Marlins would get the car.

Ross, though, can probably afford his own car. He's arbitration eligible this offseason and made $4,450,000 last season and will be a free agent after next season.

Ross hit .294/.390/.686 in the postseason, including three homers in the NLCS and another in the World Series. He hit .288/.354/.466 in 33 games for the Giants and .269/.322/.413 with 14 homers overall in 2010.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 24, 2010 7:30 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2010 8:32 pm
 

Two more to interview for Marlins gig


Despite several reports claiming Bobby Valentine will be the Marlins' next manager, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the team will also interview interim manager Edwin Rodriguez and Diamondbacks' third-base coach Bo Porter.

Rodriguez, who was born in Puerto Rico, and Porter, who is African-American, would satisfy Bud Selig's guidelines for minority hiring.

The Marlins play the Mets in Puerto Rico next week, and Rosenthal says many in the Marlins' organization wish for Rodriguez to manage the team through that series, which runs Monday through Wednesday.

UPDATE: Valentine will fly to South Florida this weekend to meet with owner Jeffrey Loria, the Miami Herald reports .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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