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  1. The country has changed dramatically since MLB had 24 teams. By not expanding they would be leaving hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue on the table every year by not entering new markets. Miami, Denver, Tampa-St. Pete, and Phoenix are larger markets than a third of the league. Florida is the third most populous state in the country. They would also risk losing interest in those markets for the sport with other leagues setting up shop. The comment on the Dbacks losing money was accurate 15 years ago, but that’s because ownership poured millions into establishing a winner fast. Their threat to leave Arizona because Chase Field is falling apart is just a ploy to get taxpayer funding to renovate it. The same game that’s been played in nearly every other city, including the oldest markets. There aren’t any other cities throwing money at the Rays and Dbacks (yet) so they likelihood either move is slim to none for the foreseeable future. Besides, no person in their right mind would want to leave Arizona for a smaller market in a sport where your local TV contract plays a significant part in deciding success. What MLB should have done with Florida expansion is award teams only after new ballparks were approved. The owners in 1991 chose Miami over other markets because an MLB-ready stadium was already in place and they needed the revenue to payback the MLBPA quickly. But in the long run the stadium limbo directly led to the 1997 and 2005 fire sales which really poisoned the well with fans. Once Huizenga was done with MLB after the 94 strike’s inability to put a salary cap in place, his goal was to win a World Series and lock-up a new ballpark he could then sell the team for at a nice profit. When he couldn’t, he stripped the team and sold it. MLB should have played the long game with Miami and held off expansion until a new ballpark was in place. Same with Tampa Bay. The Trop was obsolete the day it opened and a relic by 1995 when the Rays were awarded. It should be no surprise their expansion brethen have been more successful with new downtown parks from the start. The new ballpark or bust strategy is certain to play out during the next round of expansion.
  2. I like MLB’s version of interpreting franchise history. I like knowing the Orioles can be traced back to Milwaukee. I like the Braves tracing back their existence to 1871. I’d like to see the NL teams celebrate their pre-1901 pennants. It’s something to say your team won the 1879 NL pennant and have that displayed at your ballpark. It shows the tradition and heritage of the sport.
  3. I don't miss any of the "personality" that was stripped from the ballpark. The building reflects Miami more than it ever has. The yellows, reds, and greens represented Loria's favorite artist more than Miami. As a venue, the renovations improved the experience. Fans are closer to the playing field. Flow around the concourses is easier. Concessions feature local favorites.
  4. That perception will not change until they start winning. I remember when the Astros were in the midst of rebuilding and their ownership was being criticized for not spending their record profit on improving their roster. People who don’t understand the process and those who like to get a jab in will do so. Jeter and co have not been perfect but it’s still too early to judge the rebuild.
  5. Definitely, and I am all for what they’re doing. Still waiting for them to change our surrender flag white banners!
  6. Jeets and Co. are getting a crash-course in winning is the only thing that will bring fans in and perhaps trading the last two NL MVPs was the straw that broke the camels back for fans. (Or attendance last two nights is a side effect of everyone avoiding downtown Miami due to Ultra.)
  7. I was tag-teaming with you but it appears the joke went over your head.
  8. MLBN uses blue for the baseline so they weren't clear enough.
  9. Next upgrade Marlins Park needs is LED sports lighting. It would help the TV experience dramatically.
  10. They always had a problem growing turf in that stadium. Aside from the retro look, it was probably done for maintenance purposes.
  11. Here is baseball at the Orange Bowl: Satchel Paige pitching for the Marlins: 1990 Serie del Caribe:
  12. The Heat’s Miami Vice is the hottest thing down here.
  13. Loria wasn’t cheap. He put money into the 2003 team when many thought it was a mistake. He went after Carlos Delgado and only traded everyone after a stadium deal fell through. The 2006 rebuild paid off sooner than many thought. He cut bait on the 2012 team after a terrible start and lackluster attendance. That team had a then franchise record payroll. He spent money on Stanton. The Loria/Samson era is more a period of overall mismanagement. They spent money when it was necessary, but it was usually not on the right pieces.
  14. People forget MLB had to step in and start new negotiations with the city and county after Loria and Samson burned bridges with local officials after a deal at the Orange Bowl fell apart. That’s when Loria and Samson did their tour of Portland-Oklahoma City and traded Carlos Delgado and the remaining core of the 2003 team after the 2005 season. The current stadium is more Bob DuPuy’s swindle than anybody else’s. MLB restarted negotiations and briefly tried to make a stadium next to the AAA work before going back to the Orange Bowl site.
  15. It’s funny because Samson has said he isn’t close to Loria anymore. Is he celebrating making someone else a boatload of money?