Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/21/12
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Now that commissioner Bud Selig has signed off on the 12-player trade between Miami and the Toronto Blue Jays, the Marlins face a major damage-control task with their fans and their star player. "I am sensitive to the concerns of the fans of Miami regarding this trade, and I understand the reactions I have heard," Selig said in a statement Nov. 19 when the mega-deal was finalized. It's the third major trade by the Marlins since 1998 in which the team jettisoned popular players to the dismay of the fan base. The latest so-called "fire sale" might be worse because it comes after the first season in the team's new $515 million, publicly financed ballpark, which was supposed to make it possible for the Marlins to lock up players to long-term deals. "Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities, and I fully understand that the Miami community has done its part to put the Marlins into a position to succeed with beautiful new Marlins Park," Selig said. "G...
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