About that petition...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

We despise Marlins owner Jeff Loria as much as the next Marlins fan, but petitioning the Obama administration to force a sale of the team (a federal action which just can't be constitutional) seems like a dumb waste of time...

"Please force Marlins owner Jeff Loria to sell," a petition at whitehouse.gov reads. "He has lied to the people of Miami and used tax funded money." The petition was created on Tuesday. ... The petition has not exactly caught fire. As of Wednesday morning, only nine people had signed the petition. The petition needs 100,000 signatures by Feb. 21 to elicit an official response from the White House.
If you think this is an effective use of your time (and really think the federal government can spare the time and resources for such a dumb request), then we'll just back away slowly while you rant...


The King is Dead, Long Live the King

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Earl Weaver died early Saturday morning. The Hall of Fame manager of the Baltimore Orioles and patron saint of Marlins Diehards has now achieved sainthood. Read his NYT obit here.

Weaver understood many of the game-changing concepts described by Michael Lewis in Moneyball decades before the book was ever written. From a fantastic 2009 Sports Illustrated profile of Weaver written by Tom Verducci:
That was my favorite right there, on-base percentage! Don Buford wasn't getting to play under Hank Bauer [Weaver's predecessor]. He'd get in a ball game every now and then and feel like he had to get three or four hits. I told Buford, 'I'm willing to play you as long as you have a .400 on-base percentage.' All of a sudden he becomes a regular, and he's walking a hundred times and hitting right around .300." Buford had played 669 career games before Weaver was named Orioles manager on July 11, 1968. His OBP was .335. He played 617 games over the rest of his career, all for Weaver. His OBP under Weaver was .388.
Weaver understood sacrifice bunts are dumb, "team speed" is overrated ("You get [bleeping] little fleas on the [bleeping] bases getting picked off, trying to steal, getting thrown out, taking runs away from you. Get some big [bleeps] who can hit the [bleeping] ball out of the ballpark and you can't make any [bleeping] mistakes."),  and the keys to success are pitching and the three-run homer. That's why Billy Beane told Verducci in 2009, "I made no bones about it when I first got the job [as Oakland GM]: I always wanted the next Earl Weaver as manager."

Weaver also grew tomatoes beyond the outfield wall at old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, had a special pocket sewn into his uniform so he could sneak a cigarette here and there, and was of course a prodigious malcontent with umpires:
He will be missed.


King of Nerds Re-Signs with Marlins

Friday, January 18, 2013

Congrats to our favorite relief pitcher/particle physics enthusiast Ryan Webb, who agreed to terms with the Marlins and avoided arbitration. Webb inked a one-year, $975,000 extension, with a $10,000 bonus if he makes 67 appearances in 2013.


Marlins Ruining Other Team's Chances to Swindle Local Government

Sunday, January 13, 2013

From the Miami Herald:

State lawmakers in recent years rebuffed the Dolphins when the team asked for help on a less expensive renovation. And while the economy and state finances are more favorable this time around, Dolphin executives see a bigger challenge now from lingering backlash against the $639 million ballpark taxpayers built for the Miami Marlins.
The Marlins' response:


New Year Reading

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

for Jerry Dworkin, 59, and Chris Fernandez, 25, there is no greater thrill than finding one of the more than 120 Piazza Marlins cards issued from 1998 to 2005.
Here is the full article. Kinda shocking that there are so many cards for a weeklong stint in 1998.


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