|Oooh, a hard stare? Backatcha, Jeffy. (Getty Images)|
You'll recall that the Marlins -- baseball's joke that long ago ceased being funny -- were previously brought to heel by the Players' Association for not making honest use of the revenue-sharing monies sent their way.
Well, conveniently enough, the Marlins' forced agreement to have their finances monitored by the MLBPA expired just prior to the blockbuster trade with Toronto. Now the MLBPA, quite understandably, wants Jeff Loria and the Marlins back on the leash. The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson writes:
An MLB Players Association source said if owner Jeffrey Loria doesn't increase their payroll in the coming months, they plan to pursue the issue with commissioner Bud Selig.
"We don't have to wait until next October to pursue it," the source said. If the Marlins don't raise payroll in 2013, former commissioner Fay Vincent expects "the commissioner and union will strongly encourage Loria to spend some money. They can make it very uncomfortable if he doesn't."
Normally, one would be foolish to imagine Bud Selig's siding against an owner, but -- as was the case last time -- he's also sensitive to the many team owners who are miffed by Loria's skinflint ways.
While it's nice to see that the MLBPA won't stand idly by while Loria and company rip off fans and the remainder of MLB, this kind of thing is likely to continue until he's drummed out of organized baseball. At the very least, he should be forced to keep the books open until he finally decides to go away.
(HT: Hardball Talk)
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