Even though I am a third generation Yankee fan, I am a Miami native, and I supported, as a Miami-Dade taxpayer, building the stadium Loria desired. Sadly, I grew up a 'Cane, and when they tore the Orange Bowl down, Little Havana remained empty, so it was logical to try to pump some money and support back into the community.
Jeffrey Loria promised to raise the payroll for the Miami Marlins, which he did last off season, and within less than a year, they’ve already started to dismantle. It started with sending Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers in what seemed like an overnight deal, read HERE.
Ramirez was arguably the Marlins best player. Now, they’ve taken more away sending Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson to the Toronto Blue Jays. They are NOT going to go out and spending a bunch of money anymore. This is a fire sale and Ricky Nolasco and Giancarlo Stanton are next.
For the good of the game, Major League Baseball should intervene, not so much in this trade, but in terms of the community and what Loria has done to the brand name of baseball in South Florida, overall. Loria is a real scoundrel to me and probably to many, even since his Expos days, but this one, dismantling the Miami Marlins takes the cake in terms of his depravity.
From our Yankees perspective, the AL East just got a lot tougher, if that was possible.
--Carlos Echevarria, Yankee fan &
creator of America Trek
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