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How much is too much?
- Updated: October 24, 2012
20 years…all 20 years of this team’s existence I have been a diehard. I have stood by this franchise through the thrill of a title twice, and the disappointments like finishing 54 games below .500, and this years misery. Too many times has ownership, whether it be Jeffrey Loria, or Wayne Hyzenga before him, spent all this money to build a champion, only to dismantle it. This year has been an example of the worst kind.
This year was meant to be a season of promise…a season where this franchise was ACTUALLY favored to win the division for the first time. Loria lobbied with taxpayers to get a new stadium, promising to bring a championship back to Miami. Huge contracts were signed, and on paper we had maybe the best team we ever had. The team was fielded, and struggled. And I feel that the acutal problems that caused this failure were not addressed. The team was dismantled before it hit full stride. Whether you as the reader agree with my views or not, one thing we can agree on is this front office is a huge problem, if not the majority.
Before I say anything else, yes, the players struggled. There was a lot of unrest in the clubhouse, some people regard Ozzie Guillen as a terrible manager. Whatever your view, understand this. He is human. You can’t build a cathedral if you keep selling off the mortar. The foundation remains, but if you keep bringing in new people, there can not be cohesiveness within the ranks. Players need time to build a stable working relationship with each other. How does this happen when you break apart a team after three and a half months. And continue to do so thereafter. I as a fan spent every day wondering who would go next. Yes, our young prospects show talent and promise, but look how many of those players deemed unfit for a 69-93 team were in the postseason. By my count, all but Hanley and Choate made it to the Divisional Series and beyond, with three of our former “outcasts” being on the AL Champion Tigers.
If the front office really does have good intentions and wants to win, then for the love of god get your damn priorities together and make sharper decisions. This season was not simply Ozzie’s fault. Make moves to improve this team, and keep it together long enough for the wins to start rolling in. Many of your fans are frustrated beyond belief that the only coverage they see of their favorite team is negative. I have to see them mocked…I live in New York. This is enough, Jeffrey Loria…this is enough.