Commissioner Bud Selig on Monday formally approved of the Miami Marlins trading star shortstop Jose Reyes and standout pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle to the Toronto Blue Jays for a slew of prospects last week.
The city of Miami remains wrongly outraged at Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria for conducting yet another fire sale.
Pseudo Miami fans are primarily disgusted with Loria, whose organization won the 2003 World Series, because the newly constructed Marlins Park was a $2.4 billion project that is being publicly funded.
“This transaction, involving established major leaguers and highly regarded young players and prospects, represents the exercise of plausible baseball judgment on the part of both clubs (and) does not violate any express rule of Major League Baseball and does not otherwise warrant the exercise of any of my powers to prevent its completion,” Selig, 78, said in a statement. “It is, of course, up to the clubs involved to make the case to their respective fans that this transaction makes sense and enhances the competitive position of each, now or in the future.”
Reyes, Johnson and Buehrle were underachieving losers on a Marlins (69-93) team that finished in last place in the National League East.
Almost as soon as the season concluded last month, Loria wisely terminated controversial manager Ozzie Guillén after one pathetic year at the helm.
Without Guillén, who is owed $7.5 million, calling the shots at Marlins Park, Miami is already an improved squad.
Plus, using the pared $146.5 million in payroll, Loria will undoubtedly seek to spend on some winning players that can perform “now or in the future.”
“Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities, and I fully understand that the Miami community has done its part to put the Marlins into a position to succeed with beautiful new Marlins Park,” said Selig, the former owner of the Milwaukee Brewers who became commissioner in 1992. “Going forward, I will continue to monitor this situation with the expectation that the Marlins will take into account the sentiments of their fans, who deserve the best efforts and considered judgment of their club. I have received assurances from the ownership of the Marlins that they share these beliefs and are fully committed to build a long-term winning team that their fans can be proud of.”
The Marlins were flatly horrific on the diamond and it’s irresponsible to bash Loria so soon.
In stark contrast to the moochers that polluted the 2012 Fish, don’t be shocked if Jeffrey Loria’s 2013 Miami Marlins ultimately prove to be a “winning team that their fans can be proud of.”by