February 24, 2013
Miami Marlins owner Jeff Loria goes on a rant
Talks everything from Blue Jays trade to false reporting
By QMI Agency

Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria voiced his opinion via local newspapers on Sunday in south Florida. (REUTERS)

South Florida’s MLB reporters have fudged more than a few facts, according to Miami Marlins owner Jeff Loria.

And on Sunday, the savvy 72-year-old let the Sunshine State know in one of the most public ways possible.

“Those who have attacked us are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts,” Loria wrote in a full-page ad published by the Miami Herald, Palm Beach Post and south Florida Sun-Sentinel.

“It’s no secret that last season was not our best — actually it was one of our worst,” Loria began. “In large part, our performance on the field stunk and something needed to be done.”

Loria, who helped bring a World Series to Miami in 2003, went on to dissect the 12-player megadeal the Marlins made with the Toronto Blue Jays this past off-season, a move he insisted was misrepresented by those within his home state.

In the deal, the Jays acquired shortstop Jose Reyes, left-hander Mark Buehrle, right-hander Josh Johnson, catcher John Buck and utility player Emilio Bonifacio in exchange for shortstop Yunel Escobar, right-hander Henderson Alvarez, catcher Jeff Mathis, infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, right-hander Anthony DeScalfani, outfielder Jake Marisnick and left-hander Justin Nicolino.


“The controversial trade we made with the Toronto Blue Jays was approved by (MLB) commissioner Bud Selig and has been almost universally celebrated by baseball experts outside of Miami for its value,” Loria explained.

“We hope, with an open mind, our community can reflect on the fact that we had one of the worst records in baseball. Acquiring high-profile players just didn’t work, and nearly everyone on our team underperformed.”

After that, Loria called out – in local papers no less – local reporters for fact-less reporting on the Marlins new venue.

Miami opened the 37,000-seat Marlins Park last April.

“The ballpark issue has been repeatedly reported incorrectly and there are some very negative accusations being thrown around,” Loria wrote. “It ain’t true, folks. Those who have attacked us are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts. The majority of public funding came from hotel taxes, the burden of which is incurred by tourists who are visiting our city, NOT the resident taxpayers."

The Marlins owner concluded his state-of-the-club manifesto by imploring local fans to stick with the club that brought them a title not so long ago, ending the piece by “humbly” asking fans to “root for the home team” in 2013.

Miami finished dead last in the National League East last season, garnering a 69-93 record.

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