There’s a telling scene in the recent segment of “The Franchise,” Showtime’s documentary of this team’s train wreck, that a baseball person told me to watch, then re-watch, because it encapsulates the main problem inside the Marlins.
The scene involves team president David Samson sitting beside Loria at a game and saying quietly, almost deferentially, “It’s seven years without the playoffs, and we’re going to have to talk about trading Hanley (Ramirez)– we really have to talk about that.”
“I know,” Loria says.
The revelation there isn’t Hanley having to be traded, the baseball man said. Nor is it Samson stating simple facts. No, the big issue is Loria finally hearing what his baseball people told him, loudly and unquestionably, for two years about Hanley.
The owner is a meddler of the highest order. On some level, it’s his team, his money and he can do whatever he pleases. But the way he’s running it the organization looks like a completed disorganization.
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