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  • Josh, the day-to-day operation people, the baseball people on the Marlins, they know what they are doing. I say in my article that what they are doing works for them. They obviously know how to scout better than almost anyone in the game, and they teach the kids well while they are coming up in the organization, it seems. They 'pump and dump' like the Oakland A's and that has proven success in the league. But even the Oakland A's buy veterans to plug holes on the team. By taking in more in revenue-sharing than they put out in payroll, they are making a mockery of the revenue-sharing system. Even spending money on the level of the Oakland A's, in order to perhaps avoid having a sub like Wes Helms starting at third, that would be better for the league overall. What I mean by better for the league overall is that spending more money on payroll will help assure that the best players are always playing, and not just the cheapest players.

    The Marlins, not the Yankees, are Killing Baseball
    Posted on: January 01, 2009 at 9:56 pm on At The Dish - 3 comments total

  • I don't think you can say that the stadium is not being built with public financing if it's built with funds that come from a tax, no matter what the tax is called or whom it's collected from. It's a tax, and a whole bunch of people who care nothing about the Marlins are suddenly required to foot the bill for a stadium because of a whiny owner in charge of a team that is currently making money, but just not enough I guess. And that's a fundamental flaw in your argument about the stadium money. About the business viability of the Marlins, he bought the Marlins for $140 mill and now they are worth $245, how is he pleading poverty? Why does Miami-Dade have to put so much money in? Yes, I understand about 401Ks and paper value, but so do the people making the valuations. The Marlins are worth a lot more than when Loria bought them, and no matter what the final numbers read like, Loria will make a hefty profit when he sells the Marlins, that's for sure. But for some reason he's hemorrhaging money now, forgive me for not crying a tear for Loria. San Francisco built their stadium privately, it can be done. It's better for everyone when the team does it themselves. I don't consider the description you put together as a description of a privately financed stadium. And my point about the Marlins and money is this, really: It's better for baseball if the Marlins spend more on their major league payroll. And the Marlins would be better if they bought a veteran for the bully and the outfield or that third base sinkhole they've been trying to fill for years. You can call it spending money to spend money, but they have holes on that team and spending money could help the team get better. By not spending money, they are hurting their own team and baseball. I don't really understand why my father (a subcontractor with no 401k) had to become a part of this discussion, so I'd appreciate leaving him out of it from here on out.

    The Marlins, not the Yankees, are Killing Baseball
    Posted on: January 01, 2009 at 9:42 pm on At The Dish - 3 comments total

  • I'm not saying that the Marlins need to spend like drunken sailors, nor am I saying that Manny is the answer for all of their questions. However, for a team that takes in more money than it spends on salary to beg poverty when it comes to buying more players to make their team better rings hollow to me. Are you arguing that there is no free agent that would make this team better? When they take in more in revenue sharing then they spend on payroll, why do they need to cut costs so badly that they need to jettison Scott Olsen and Josh Willingham, both under control at reasonable pricing? Because of their lease? They can't even spend money to put a decent team on the field in order to perhaps make the promise of a new stadium in the area more enticing for the fans? No, I still believe that holding fans up for public financing, while reaping the rewards of revenue sharing without putting that money towards the on-field product - those are problems that loom just as large, if not larger than any overspending by the Yankees.

    The Marlins, not the Yankees, are Killing Baseball
    Posted on: December 30, 2008 at 12:48 am on At The Dish - 3 comments total

  • Just thought I'd post a comment that showed up in a Rob Neyer chat on ESPN.com, cause it's kind of funny: Mike (Rutland, VT): Hi Rob, Any thoughts on the two kids from India that the Pirates just signed? Thanks for your time. Happy Thanksgiving!! SportsNation Rob Neyer: I think it'll be the biggest miracle in sports history if we ever see one of them pitching in a real game on TV. Hutch (Boston): Tony, A lot of talk about the Red Sox trading for Jarrod Saltiamacchia, any other MLB player ever marry his HS gym teacher? SportsNation Rob Neyer: I don't think so, but Babe Ruth married his physics professor.

    Million Dollar Arms Found in India?
    Posted on: November 25, 2008 at 7:40 pm on At The Dish - 1 comments total

  • Nice one, scooped me on Quinn. As a Chalmers owner, I wanted him, but I can't bring myself to drop Tyrus Thomas yet. I'm beginning to hate him. Good job so far guys. I'm down in fifth, but happy to be above .500. Just need to figure out my PG2/PG3 situation, and hope that Chalmers' 9-steal game was enough to keep him in the starting spot. What do y'all think of dropping Jason Thompson? They can't play Moore above him for much longer, can they? He's also burning up room on my bench right now.

    Exchange Center: Week 3
    Posted on: November 10, 2008 at 2:08 pm on Dropping Dimes - 2 comments total

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