Jeffrey Loria has done a ton of sour things in his tenure as owner of the Marlins. Just in this calendar year, he single handedly killed baseball in South Florida and is nationally regarded as the worst owner in professional sports via ESPN. Here’s a timeline of his worst moments of the past year:
1. Marlins 2012 Salary Dump
In what seemed like something too good to be true, Loria lost the trust of the city again by trading away Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes and Emilio Bonifacio to Toronto adding to this list of trades from July through November of 2012. Miami’s payroll ranks 29th in baseball.
2. Personally Mandated Lineup Change
In April, the Marlins had a doubleheader in Minnesota. It’s customary the more experienced pitcher picks which game he wants to start.
Veteran Ricky Nolasco decided he would start the first game over rookie Jose Fernandez but Loria decided to flip it, as it would be warmer during the day game, angering just about everyone.
3. Not Letting Tino Martinez Resign
Tino knew he wasn’t a fit for the job and wanted out, but Loria wouldn’t let him quit at first because why not keep a guy who no longer wanted to be there?
4. Making Larry Beinfest Sad
Larry Beinfest has been living off the 2003 World Series for 10 years now so it’s hard to have sympathy for him, but this Ken Rosenthal piece from September makes you feel for him.
From flirting with Bobby Valentine while Fredi Gonzalez was still manager to rejecting potential call-ups, Beinfest has been in a difficult situation due to Loria’s obsessive involvement in baseball decisions.
5. Getting his Gmail Hacked
Jeffrey, how does it feel to be the used one?
*Note: Loria fired Beinfest hours after this was posted…