Marlins Owe Fans An Apology

I’m glad I’m not a Florida Marlins fan. And it’s not because of that silly looking fish that serves as the team’s mascot.

Nope, I’m glad I’m not a fan of that team because then I don’t have to be extremely upset that Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Player’s Association had to meet with the Marlins’ brass to make sure they actually use the money given to the team under the revenue-sharing agreement that is in place across Major League Baseball.

As it is, I’m still upset that a professional franchise doesn’t attempt to put the best product on the field that it can. That practice cheats the fans, the players and all of the other teams in the league, while providing more money for the owner(s). With the Marlins’ practice of spending freely to build a World Series winner and then dismantling the team, it’s sort of a surprise this wasn’t brought up before.

And apparently, the Marlins aren’t the only team to receive such a reprimand. From a release by MLBPA: “In recent years, the union has had concerns that certain clubs have not lived up to this requirement, and has consulted regularly with the commissioner’s office about those concerns. The Florida Marlins are one of a number of clubs that have been discussed.”

It’s already a sport where certain teams have no chance at winning a championship from the start of the season because of financial constraints, etc. But then take into account that some teams don’t even spend the money given to them to field a more competitive team, and you have an even more failed system.

I’m somewhat surprised a release was even issued on these discussions, although not many details were released.

“In response to our concerns that revenue sharing proceeds have not been used as required, the Marlins have assured the Union and the Commissioner’s Office that they plan to use such proceeds to increase player payroll annually as they move toward the opening of their new ballpark,” said Michael Weiner, MLBPA executive director.

Of course, the Marlins said they were doing everything to field a good team, and MLB basically said no comment.

If I’m a fan of a team where this information gets out as fact, even if it was rumored before, I’d do some serious reconsideration of my season ticket package and attendance until a I saw improvement in the payroll.

And in an odd coincidence since this release, the Marlins signed pitcher Josh Johnson to a four-year, guaranteed $39 million contract. Well, at least Marlins fans might see more of these types of signings. 

One thought on “Marlins Owe Fans An Apology

  1. Marlins Truth Squad on said:

    Funny. The Marlins spent $36 million last year and won 87 games. They had a chance to go to the playoffs until the last week of the season. They won 84 games in 2008. They have finished above .500 in 5 of the last 7 seasons. They beat the Yankees in the 2003 World Series. They have won 2 World Series in the last 13 years. Out of 30 teams in all of baseball, only 8 won more games than the Marlins in 2009. I would be upset if my team had the 2nd-higest payroll in baseball and won 70 games. I would be upset if my team hadn’t finished above .500 in 17 consecutive seasons. I would be upset if my team had no revenue streams and no hope for a new ballpark. I would be upset if my team hadn’t won in more than 100 years and throws money at lowsy players and bad guys who continue the misery. I would be upset if my team kept telling me they are rebuilding, but they suck every year. You look around baseball, and I think there are a lot of fan bases that ought to be a lot more upset than the Marlins’, who are competitive every year, have a spectacular new ballpark coming in 2 years, have the best young position player in baseball locked up for 5 more seasons, have the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, just extended one of the top pitchers in the game for the next 4 years, have a deep farm system and have continually shown the ability to develop young talent that produces and helps win games at the major league level. Ask the Phillies how much they enjoy playing the Marlins. Ask the Yankees about going into Miami in 2009 and getting slapped around. Get your facts right. Know the score before you decide to conveniently pile on the Marlins like the rest of the ignorant masses out there.