What he [Bud Selig] will never say is that Jeffrey Loria is a far worse owner than Frank McCourt on his divorcingest day. He is the Voltron of awful owners. Like McCourt, Loria didn’t have a whole lot of money; he bought his controlling stake in the Expos for $75 million Canadian, around $67 million U.S. at the time. Like Rachel Phelps in “Major League,” Loria did everything possible to destroy his franchise in an effort to move it. Like Dan Snyder, he allowed his megalomania to influence personnel decisions. And like nobody else, he hoarded massive checks from MLB while passing along the bill for the stadium to the taxpayers.

Marlins trade is a baseball tragedy, and Bud Selig deserves his share of blame

Source Yahoo!

Loria’s Marlins soaked the taxpayers for some 80 percent of the cost of new Marlins Park. By the time it opened in 2012, some $2.4 billion in debt service was strapped onto the backs of taxpayers. Talk about publicly funded.

It was one thing when this band of liars the players’ union once slapped for pocketing revenue sharing money and not spending enough on, you know, players, promised to change its ways once the new park was in place.

It was one thing when Loria and his little henchman David Samson swaggered into that New York tavern at 12:01 a.m. last November on the first day clubs could negotiate with free agents and made a big show for Jose Reyes.

It is quite another thing when one year later Loria and Co. are shipping Reyes — and everyone else they signed last winter — across international borders in some sort of twisted joke that even the World Trade Organization surely will condemn in coming days.

Marlins’ owner rips team, and city, apart with despicable trade and must be stopped

Source cbssports.com

productiveouts:

Our favorite human being, Jeff Karstens, faced off against the Phillies and some Chinese guy named Cliff Lee in Pittsburgh last night, and pitched six strong innings, giving up one earned run on five hits, with a walk and two punch outs. Both teams tried really hard to not score any runs so that they could just stay tied at one and play baseball forever,  but Alex Presley screwed it all up by hitting a walkoff infield single and making everybody go home.

But the most important takeaway from last night’s game was that…

Jeff Karstens still has a face.

This is the tenth installment in our ongoing tribute to him. And his face.

(Click the pic for a SLIDSHOEW)

If you love baseball and you’re not following Productive Outs, you’re doing Tumblr wrong.

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mightyflynn:

Boston Baseball Hack Day
Saturday, March 24, 2012At The Boston Globe135 Morrissey Blvd, Boston MA

Are you a web developer, designer or a hack programmer who is interested in baseball? Or a passionate baseball fan with ideas?
Boston Baseball Hack Day is a one-day hacking event where area baseball geeks come together, form a team, and collaborate to create baseball-related Web Apps, Websites, Data Visualizations, etc. and bring an idea to life.
It is also a great to place to network and socialize among like-minded people.
At the end of the day, projects will be judged by area experts, and a brief awards ceremony will conclude the event.
http://baseballhackday.com/
twitter: @BaseballHackDay


I still hate the Red Sox. But this is wicked awesome.

mightyflynn:

Boston Baseball Hack Day

Saturday, March 24, 2012
At The Boston Globe
135 Morrissey Blvd, Boston MA

Are you a web developer, designer or a hack programmer who is interested in baseball? Or a passionate baseball fan with ideas?

Boston Baseball Hack Day is a one-day hacking event where area baseball geeks come together, form a team, and collaborate to create baseball-related Web Apps, Websites, Data Visualizations, etc. and bring an idea to life.

It is also a great to place to network and socialize among like-minded people.

At the end of the day, projects will be judged by area experts, and a brief awards ceremony will conclude the event.

http://baseballhackday.com/

twitter: @BaseballHackDay

I still hate the Red Sox. But this is wicked awesome.

Reblogged from mightyflynn