Let’s Not Forget, Jeffrey Loria Was Nearly The Orioles Owner

The Miami Marlins most recent fire sale has been received more backlash than just about any trade in baseball history. The Fish are sending Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to Toronto in exchange for Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Alvarez, Justin Nicolino, Jake Marisnik, Jeff Mathis and Anthony Desclafani.

Basically, they’re switching teams. The only thing left in Miami is Giancarlo Stanton and that hideous home run sculpture thing.

Scott Miller of CBS calls the deal “despicable” and says Loria “must be stopped.

The flea-market Marlins have a history of running fire sales, garage sales, rummage sales, blue-light, half-yearly sales, Jeffrey Loria Needs a New Picture Frame sale and every other sort of sale you can name.

But not when they’ve got a brand-new, mostly-taxpayer-funded, gleaming new monolith sitting in their backyard.

Before, fire sales were the byproduct of running a ballclub recklessly and irresponsibly.

Now? Even the corporate raiders and cowboy swindlers on anything-goes Wall Street would wind up with hard time operating a bait-and-switch like this.

Tensions are high in Miami and rightfully so. But I can’t stop thinking about how this disaster could have taken place right here in Baltimore. It sure was close.

In 1994, Loria lost out to Peter Angelos in his bid to purchase the Baltimore Orioles. Say what you will about Angelos, but right now it sure seems like he rescued Charm City from the baseball apocalypse.

Loria went on to buy the Montreal Expos and essentially sold them back to the commissioner’s office in 2002  which led to the franchise moving to Washington.

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.

6 Comments

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  2. MGW

    November 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I wonder what the little troll Nestor has to say about this?!?!

  3. Ravens2488

    November 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Remember though, Orioles did have Eli Jacobs as their owner once… He was terrible… and Edward Bennett Williams who kept everyone on edge with his comments of moving the team to DC…. So the Orioles have had some shit owners also… What Loria did is a disgrace but he had nothing to hold him back. Alot of those Latin players signed with or wanted to go to Miami because of the Latin influence down there.

  4. spy

    November 19, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Anything would be better than Peter the Great,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, this is free enterprise people , America , love it or leave it……………

  5. 9inchnails

    November 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Loria did the right think, he imploded the teram and started over. Much like the Ravens are going to do in another year. Much like Spy and I did in our first two marriages….and not to each other.

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