Why Would Anyone Believe Jeffrey Loria and David Samson About the Marlins' Finances?

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As Jeffrey Loria and David Samson go on the offensive this week to try to raise their Miami-area approval ratings above those of the Castro brothers, one big question has gone unanswered: Why on earth would anyone believe either one of these guys when it comes to the Marlins' finances?

Yet there they were last night in a Marlins Park luxury suite, trying to sell Miami's baseball press on the idea that they just had to start an offseason firesale because Miami fans wouldn't support their ballclub. Let's consider some of their more notable lies and outrageous statements about the Marlins' finances, shall we?

See also:
-- Six Lies About the Marlins Stadium
-- The Marlins Keep Lying About the Marlins Stadium

Here's Samson in December 2004 to the Miami Herald:
"[Jeffrey Loria] has been losing money like crazy."
Here he is again, four years later, to the Sun Sentinel after Forbes estimated the Fish had banked $35.6 million in profits (the second best in the bigs):
"Every year I continue to be surprised at the absolute inaccuracy that a so-called reputable magazine is willing to print. It's just a shame their readership is forced to read numbers that aren't true. I know the number they have for the Marlins is simply wrong."
Guess what? All lies! We know this for a fact, because Deadspin later leaked dozens of pages of the team's financial records showing that in 2008-09 the team turned nearly $49 million in profit by banking revenue sharing instead of buying new players. (Not that Loria or Samson saw fit to tell taxpayers that tidbit before taking $500 million to build Marlins Park.)

So now, when Samson says stuff like this to the Miami Herald --
"We misread last year on and off the field ... We did not have the bump we expected after the winter meetings... That got us worried. Not panicked, but worried."
-- and Loria tells the same sports writers that his club lost "tens of millions" last year because fans didn't flock to the stadium, there's really only one proper response from Miamians:



After all, Samson's single most truthful moment in public came in a speech to business leaders at the Beacon Council last March, when he didn't realize he was being recorded by a Miami Today journalist:
"We don't care if nobody comes... We'll play in front of nobody, and we'll have all the money."
Good news, Dave: You'll have a great chance to test that theory out all year long at Marlins Park.

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Suareza
Suareza

Why would anybody wants to go and see a game in 2013 to support these A-Holes of LORIA and SYMPSON? NO WAY JOSE, let them sweept out on their own or to sale the team to somebody that knows baseball.

I won't visit the stadium even with a Free ticket.

FatHand
FatHand

Word on the street is that David Samson just made a fool of himself on Outside the Lines on ESPN. Y'all should get some video.

GoodArticle
GoodArticle

Glad they are out of SunLife, terrible place for baseball and terrible location for most of Miami to get to.  Have it downtown like real teams.

 But yes, don't believe these douches.   They have lied before and will keep at it.

Fernando Buch
Fernando Buch

Hopefully mlb will force him to sell the team when he wont be able to sell out a single game this year

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

In ownership's defense, they are absolutely correct. Miami's fanbase would not support a team that was lucky to finish last in it's division, especially with that payroll. The real truth is that unless the Heat aren't stacked to be the favorites to win an NBA title, they can't get anyone in that building either.

The Marlins should've been part of the updating of Sun Life stadium and stayed up there. I can think of several locations that improve the Marlins that was better than Little Havana. I'd have sold them the location for the Miami Herald, imagine a Bayfront stadium and home runs into Biscayne Bay ? Even upgrading AAA for hoops and baseball beats Little Havana. At the end of the day Sun Life was the best location to handle NFL & MLB. They're going to find out that nobody will go to Marlins games having to fight all that traffic. That's sad, because at Sun Life, no doubt about it, the MLB fan experience was far superior to the NFL & NBA fan experience. The NHL probably has the coolest of experiences, especially since it's 86* F in February 2013 ?

Ferny Prego
Ferny Prego

I'm not a Marlins fan, and I still can't stand those two morons. How do you expect to keep a fan base and make a profit when you build a new stadium, you assemble a good team who underachieved, and then you ship everyone out who was worth a damn (besides Stanton)? Marlins fans should have known that this whole era was doomed as soon as they wheeled out Muhammad Ali in that embarrassment of an opening day last year. Jeffrey Loria, David Samson, and Jeff Ireland should all disappear from Miami as soon as possible.

Jack Mcallister
Jack Mcallister

They were bad last year, i got no problem with what he did.

cjinh88
cjinh88

@FatHand samson makes a fool of himself whenever he opens his mouth

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