LIST OF GRIEVENCES

Marlins Fans Have The Right To Be Upset & Here Is Why

  • Our home ballpark from 1993 – 2011 was a football stadium with nothing around it, with no roof, and no AC, for a game played in the continuously rainy, hot, humid, muggy summer of the sub tropics.
  • The weather created conditions for the first 19 years of existence that easily can be defined as torture, and the fans were forced to pay money to attend the torture, not to mention the play on the field was often torturous in itself.
  • In 1993 the team went 64-98 going below .500 in their first season ever.
  • In 1994 the second year of existence all MLB players went on strike and the season ended with the marlins at 51-64 going under .500 for the second time in two tries.
  • In 1995 the marlins went 67-76 going below .500 for the 3rd time in 3 seasons.
  • In 1996 the marlins went 80-82 going below .500 for the 4th time in 4 seasons.
  • In 1997 the team was upgraded considerably with high priced talent before the season and went 92-70 culminating with the winning of the World Series. Management then purged all of the high priced players in the offseason and throughout the coming year.
  • On October 26th 1997 the Marlins won their first World Series Championship. Despite drawing over 500,000 fans for the postseason on November 11th 1997, a full sixteen days later they started their first fire sale trading away Moises Alou, the NLCS MVP, and who many thought should be the World Series MVP as well, to the Houston Astros for prospects.
  • By opening day March 31st 1998 the marlins had gotten rid of Kevin Brown, Al Leiter, Devon White, Jeff Conine, Moises Alou, Darren Daulton, Jeff Cook, and Rob Nen for prospects.
  • Six weeks later they traded Bobby Bonilla, Gary Sheffield, and Charles Johnson to the La Dodgers for prospects and Mike Piazza.
  • Mike Piazza was only on the team for nine days before he was traded to the NY Mets for prospects.
  • In 1998 in defense of their first World Series a bunch of prospects and second rate players who hadn’t been on the team the year before went 54-108 a full 38 wins less than the championship season before. This marked the 5th time in 6 seasons the team finished below .500.
  • In 1999 the purge continued as Manager Jim Leyland got off the sinking ship, and they traded away Edgar Renteria, and World Series MVP Livan Hernandez for prospects. The team won 64 games and finished below .500 for the 6th time in 7 seasons. Wayne Huizenga also sold the deflated franchise to John Henry.
  • In 2000 the marlins went 79-82 going below .500 for the 7th time in 8 seasons.
  • In 2001 the marlins won 76 games going below .500 for the 8th time in 9 seasons. MLB also allowed for John Henry to leave the floundering franchise because he too could not get a publically financed stadium. He then went on to buy the Red Sox, while MLB convinced Jeff Loria the owner of the Montreal Expos, another floundering franchise known for always trading away talented players for prospects, to sell his team to the other owners and buy the Marlins.
  • In 2002 the Marlins trade away budding starts and fan favorites Ryan Dempster and Cliff Floyd following the all star break and the team went 79-83 falling below .500 for the 9th time in 10 seasons. The Marlins and their fans are also one of a couple teams who had to deal with rumors of contraction that arose throughout the season.
  • In 2003 the Marlins magically shocked the world by winning 91 games and the World Series for the second time. Marking just the second winning season out of 11. This joyous season that most would point to as giving the franchise real legitimacy in the baseball world was once again marred by management getting rid of top players in the offseason for cost cutting reasons.
  • In the offseason before the 2004 season the Marlins traded away key players in Derek Lee, Ivan Rodriguez, and Juan Encarnacion as well. Due to these losses the team was not able to recover and finished a disappointing 83-79 missing the playoffs. This marked the third winning season in franchise history in 12 tries, and back to back winning seasons for the first time ever; however it was still regarded as a failure considering they had won the World Series the year before.
  • In 2005 the team went a disappointing 83-79 and missed the playoffs again despite brining in Carlos Delgado. During the season another stadium proposal was shot down, and this forced another round of fire sales following the season.
  • In the offseason before 2006 the Marlins parted with Josh Beckett, Aj Burnett, Mike Lowell, Carlos Delgado, Paul LoDuca, Luis Castillo, Juan Pierre, and Juan Encarnacion for prospects in their second major fire sale. Alex Gonzales was also traded later as the payroll plummeted to $14.3 Million. The team actually did surprisingly well considering they had six rookies in the opening day lineup. Rookie manager Joe Girardi won the manager of the year title, and they ended up finishing 78-84 going below .500 for the 10th time in 14 seasons.
  • In the offseason following the 2006 campaign, the Marlins became the first team in history to fire the manager who had won the Manager of The Year award that year firing Joe Girardi on October 3rd.
  • In 2007 the Marlins settled in with their 4th manager in 6 years Freddi Gonzalez, and went 71 and 91 going below .500 for the 11th time in 15 seasons. In the offseason they continued their ways of trading their best talent before they were forced to pay them real major league money.
  • In 2008 before the season the Marlins traded Miguel Cabrera, the eventual Triple Crown winner in 2012, and Dontrell Willis to the Detroit Tigers for prospects. Despite this devastating setback the team’s young core rallied to an 84-77 finish. Recording the fifth winning season in team history while still missing the playoffs.
  • In 2009 it seemed as if things were changing the Marlins improved upon the previous season going 87-74. Completing back to back winning seasons for only the second time period in franchise history, but once again the team failed to make the playoffs.
  • In 2010 optimism was high as construction on the teams new publicly financed stadium began, and the team finally started to sign players for more than one year deals. However the dream was not real and the club struggled to an 80-82 finish going below .500 for the 12th time in 18 seasons. The illusion was even further marred when a fan favorite Cody Ross was allowed to be outright claimed off waivers at the end of the season by the SF Giants for cost cutting measures. Not only did the team not get prospects this time, but Cody Ross went on to help lead the Giants to the World Series title that year, while winning NLCS MVP honors as well.
  • In the offseason before the 2011 season the Marlins decided to not pay fair market value for Dan Uggla and traded him to the Atlanta Braves in a cost cutting measure. From a fans perspective at least it wasn’t for prospects this time. The Marlins also traded Cameron Mayben and Andrew Miller, meaning they effectively got nothing for the Miguel Cabrera trade, poking a huge hole in the argument that trading top talent for top prospects is a successful model for contending franchises to go off of, and aviable way to continue. The team struggled to a 72-90 finish marking the 13th time in 19 seasons they finished below .500
  • At no time in these 19 years did attending a Marlins game in person ever become less torturous, or miserable due to the extreme heat, overwhelming humidity, and constant rain showers.
  • Before the 2012 season the Marlins decided to make good on their long standing promise that if they got a new publically financed stadium complete with a roof their payroll would increase significantly. The team hired World Series winning manager Ozzie Guillen, and then acquired high priced talent in Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Heath Bell, while publically pursing CJ Wilson and Albert Pujols, who they were not able to acquire. This legitimate behavior would not last through the season.
  • In 2012 he new high profile team struggled to adapt to the cavernous and glitzy new stadium, unconventional uniforms, volatile manager, and each other. All was not a total loss with the team setting a franchise record for wins in a single month, with 21 in May. They were the best team in baseball in the month of May, and many believe that if they had just been left alone to recover from injuries, and statistical outliers in many players’ careers, that they would have rebounded to be a top team again in 2013. However the team finished 69-93, winning 21 games in May and 48 for the other five months combined, and finished below .500 for the 14th time in 20 seasons.
  • One of the main reasons the 2012 season was so disastrous was because by July the team was not doing well and the apprehensive and impulsive ownership decided to once again trade key starters in Hanley Ramirez to the LA Dodgers and, Anabal Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Detroit Tigers for prospects. These moves were initially seen as the removal of dead salary weight that would of course be reinvested into new quality players in the offseason. As it was widely believed the organization was going to give a serious 2 or 3 year run at trying to do things legitimately once in the new stadium. This notion was shattered in the offseason with the Marlins firing Ozzie Guillen, outright releasing Heath Bell and trading Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to the Toronto Blue Jays for Yunel Escobar and Prospects.
  • Less than one month later the Marlins traded Yunel Escobar to the Tampa Bay Rays for prospects.
  • The Marlins payroll going into the second season in their new publicly financed ballpark was a full $66,630,369.60 less than the league average coming in at $39,621,900.
  • Most people polled before the construction of the new stadium abhorred the idea of putting it in Little Havana. Difficulty in getting there and safety issues made most think that it was a horrible idea to put a stadium there. Management didn’t listen and railroaded everyone because they finally found a deal they could make.
  • If the Marlins had stuck to their word and continued to put together high priced talent the new stadium could have been successful. Especially if the fans and the players were given just a little bit of time to adjust to it all. Instead they decided to do what they are most comfortable with and what is deemed most profitable for themselves, and they now have created an atmosphere where people no longer want to make the effort to support them anymore.
  • Finally with no open books, and actual MLB revenue sharing going on, no one can trust that the ownership is not just making big profits off their very own MLB exploitation model while just sitting around and waiting for the day to come that they can sell the team and stadium free and clear of the County of Dade for huge profits. Meanwhile destroying the atmosphere for baseball in South Florida for everyone and possibly forever.
  • The hardworking people of South Florida do not deserve any of this, Major League Baseball does not deserve any of this, and the Major League Players and their Union do not deserve any of this.
17 comments on “LIST OF GRIEVENCES
  1. Ryan says:

    thank you very much for this summary. It helps me remember why i want Loria in prison.

  2. Steve Dougherty says:

    Hey dude I am with you 100%. I was looking into making EX Marlins fan t-shirts. I love baseball and was born and raised in Soflo. But I refuse to support the owner or team. Especially with those horrible uniforms and colors. I do like the stadium. I went back to being a Texas Ranger fan. I started following them in the 70S.

    Anyhow your synopsis is great but some of the players actually were not traded. Some retired (Daulton) and some were free agents (Pudge-my favorite player of all time) and well, good riddance to
    others (Hanley).
    I would be interested in any merchandise you guys come up with.
    I also would be try to attend if you stage any rallies against the ownership.
    Go Rangers. and Heat, and Hurricanes,

  3. Armando says:

    Excellent summary…it is truly staggering how much crap we as Marlins fans have been put thru…and I agree, the new uniforms suck!!!

  4. Steve Berkowitz says:

    Hi guys, keep up the good work. If you need any support in helping get rid of Luria (in a legal manner) let me know. The man is the worst owner in major league sports! We deserve a lot better

  5. Suzy Q says:

    We are a family of five….Marlins fans from day one. We are heartbroken with the mess Loria has made of our team. He trashed it in a fit of temper….taking from us the players we’ve loved most. Bring back the teal! The entire baseball experience has completely changed….from fun to awful. Loria has no regard for the fans….in fact, I’d be willing to bet that he holds most of us in contempt. He is an arrogant man with no notion of how to take care of the fan side of his business.

  6. Leyani says:

    I agree with Steve Dougherty, I’m down to go to any rallies against this ownership too! Please keep us posted, I’ll be following you guys…good job!

  7. Miami says:

    Keep it up guys, Loria is a damn thief. Citizens and city of Miami employees felt the biggest blow because of this stadium. Bring back the historic Orange Bowl!!!!!

    • Mic Hoyos says:

      Honestly, the majority of fans are ok, or have at least come to terms with the stadium. I prefer having our own stadium over sharing with the fins. Is it in a stupid place? Fuck yeah. But does it really bother me? No. And please keep in mind, I’m also a HUGE canes fan as well.

  8. Lourdes Martinez says:

    An absolute disgrace. This town deserves better, especially after all the taxpayer funds that have gone into this team. Have been a Marlins fan since they were a AAA team, but I guess in a way we are a minor league team again. So sad.

  9. Jv1973 says:

    This town will support a winner bottom line. So if you want fans try to win. I remember the 2003 season how you can get a beer between innings without missing a pitch, then we started winning and everybody started coming. I was like what happen now we have to wait in line for a beer, or to take a piss. Proved if you win they will come.

  10. John says:

    We are just a continuation of the Expos. This clueless owner does just enough to line his pockets with our money! Throw this bum out!!! The only reason that I don’t Pickett the stadium is I live in Coral Springs so I don’t have to pay this greedy, thief!!!

    • Mic Hoyos says:

      I live in Coral Springs and would be at any event in a HEARTBEAT. The entire front office is full of cancerous scum and they deserve to know EXACTLY how we feel about them. You can even car pool with ME if you want to go! lol. #RageOn

  11. HalaMadrid says:

    Thanks for the website and summary, we must unite to get Loria to sell the Marlins!

  12. buster says:

    lets just hope he sells the fucking team before mlb decides to contract. or move and rename the franchise.

    • J-Master says:

      Actully the deal that built the new stadium says MLB must keep a team in that stadium for 35 years. So we no longer have to fret about that, however I for one cannot take 3more years of this BS!

  13. MOC says:

    You should sell the t-shirts that you wore when you were unfairly thrown out of Marlins Park. Set up a stand outside the stadium. Sell them on-line. Once a critical mass of fans start showing up wearing the t-shirts, they can’t throw everyone out. I’ll buy 10! (depending on the cost)

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