Marlins owner writes letter to fans in local newspapers
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Miami Marlins owner Jeffery Loria is speaking out after a firestorm of criticism from fans following an off-season roster teardown.
On Sunday, Loria broke his silence with a letter to fans that appeared in a full-page ad in numerous local newspapers, including the Miami Herald. The letter explained recent criticism of the team. In it he said: "As the owner of this ballclub, the buck stops with me and I take my share of the blame where it's due."
He went on to say: "Losing is unacceptable to me. It's incumbent upon us to take swift action and make bold moves when there are glaring problems."
This letter comes as surprise. Two weeks ago, at the Marlins winter warm-up, team president David Samson said the team wouldn't do anything like this. "We have gone on a campaign, not by taking ads out and doing contracts with the community and whatever people do," said Samson.
In the letter, Loria went on to address issues taken with the building and funding of the stadium: "The ballpark issue has been repeatedly reported incorrectly and there are some very negative accusations being thrown around. It ain't true folks. Those who have attacked us are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts."
Samson echoed the same sentiment at the winter warm-up. "Just because a newspaper reports something doesn't mean that's what the populous feels," he said.
Loria also acknowledged improving their relationship with fans: "We know we can do a better communicating with our fans. That starts now. From this point forward we will ensure fans and the entire community that we will you abreast of our plans, rationale and motivations."
Fans, however, are concerned it may be another difficult season for the Marlins. "I feel like we have a triple A team, I hope we do good, but I don't see it," said a fan. "I mean Loria, he's not spending no money, so Miami fans are going to have to deal with that."
When it comes to the playoffs, the team's president is unsure. "This year, are we in a position where we expect to make the playoffs?" said Samson, with uncertainty. "I think what we expect to do is seek immediate progress by our players."
Loria is expected to address the media on Tuesday in Jupiter, Fla.
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