Five Sports Owners (Maybe) Worse Than Jeffrey Loria

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Marlins fans can be forgiven for waking up every morning and thinking, "It can't possibly get any worse than this." The team has the worst record in baseball, the franchise is a rather un-hilarious joke and Loria is less popular than Castro. But oh, it can get worse. The consensus right now is that Jeffrey Loria is the worst current owner in sports. But is he the worst of all-time? Probably not.

While bamboozling the city into paying for his own personal shitty art gallery with a baseball diamond in the middle was a shady move, some past sports owners make Loria look like a saint in comparison.


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Harry Frazee
If you know the name Harry Frazee, it's for one reason. Frazee, owner of the Boston Red Sox from 1916-1923, is the dude who sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in part to help fund a play called "No, No, Nanette" -- which really makes getting Burke Badenhop for Miguel Cabrera not seem so bad after all. All that happened to the Red Sox after they traded the Sultan of Swat in 1919 is that the team didn't have another winning season until 1935, and didn't win another World Series until 2004. Frazee took a team that won the World Series in 1912, 1915, 1916, and 1918 and turned it into, well, the 2013 Marlins. Being the guy responsible for the 86-year "Curse of the Bambino" is a definite resume killer.

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Suareza
Suareza

LORIA is in a League of his own. I still consider him in the top 3 of all the others.

utazdevl
utazdevl

Any list of "worst owners" s not complete until is mentions Frank McCourt.  McCourt and his wife use the Dodger bank accounts as their personal checkbook, and leverages the team into bankruptcy.  He was taking loans from MLB partners to make payroll.

Not saying he is definitely worse than Loria but he is definitely on the list.

TommyCarcetti
TommyCarcetti

As bad as he is, Loria's not even the worst owner the Marlins have had. The 2012 Marlins were 69-93. The 1997 Marlins were World Champions. Wayne Huzeinga manages to out-Loria Loria in that respect.

But talk to any Baltimorian born before 1980, and they'll tell you the worst owner in sports history is none other than Robert Irsay. We're talking about a man who **literally** stole away a team in the middle of the night.

FatHand
FatHand

Good list, but I refuse to accept that anybody is worse than Loria. None of those you listed managed to leave a trail of destruction in two different cities (not to mention two countries). And as far as Harry Frazee goes, maybe Miguel Cabrera is no Babe Ruth but he did just win the first triple crown in 45 years (something the Bambino never did), so that's not insignificant. I still proclaim Jeffrey Loria as the worst professional sports owner in history.

FatHand
FatHand

@TommyCarcetti Loria basically accomplished both of those things even before the stadium deal and the most recent salary dump. He just keeps racking them up. Loria's the best at being worst. 

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

@FatHand 

Correct.    Should have kept the article head line and then simply typed "None"  and then end the piece

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