Originally written on The Baseball Page  |  Last updated 11/9/14

BRONX, NY - OCTOBER 19: Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria watches from the seats as his team takes on the New York Yankees in game 2 of the Major League Baseball World Series on October 19, 2003 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Baseball teams have "bad" season's because of many reasons. The team has terrible pitching. Their hitting, or fielding sucks. The managers a total jerk, and in the Boston Red Sox case this season, players just refuse to perform for a manager they don't care for.
Miami Marlin owner Jeffrey Loria, on Friday when the team took their "official" team photo, told reporters he plans to "rectify" and "fix" his underachieving team. Loria said he will meet with his front office staff following the season to "see" what action to take. He added, "maybe this season there were "ABERRATIONS." Loria "selecting" that word to describe his teams last place standing got me thinking. When was the last time I heard an owner, front office executive, team manager, players, or fans say, "yes, we had a bad year, a bad season, "but" I have to blame it on "ABERRATIONS!" Six decades of covering sports and I've "never" heard anyone use the word "ABERRATIONS" to describe a losing season.

Webster defines the word "ABERRATION" as, "a wandering" - "mental disorder" - "forgetfulness" - "mental instability or peculiarity" - "moral lapse." I suppose Loria could apply these definitions to a team (his) that occupies last place in a five team division with a won/loss record of 59-73 (.447) and who trails division leader Washington by twenty one and a half games.

Loria's chat with reporters offered little in the way of specifics on just how he'll "fix" the Marlins by next season.

You have to hand it to Jeffrey Loria. He knows how to "spin" stories. He's done it for 19 years of the franchise's history. He's had two winning teams. The Marlins won two World Series when no one believed they would even be in a World Series. Sure, they got in as "wild card" teams but once in they performed and won the World Series flag. So we'll give them credit for that. Beyond that Marlin baseball history has been less than stellar. They sold off, or traded away every "good" player that put on a Marlins uniform. They have never built a fan base, and even now with a new stadium in Miami, built on the tax-payers dime, they haven't broken any attendance records. They opened their wallets during last off-season and spent close to $200 million on "stars" and yet, by this season's All-Star break, and with owner Loria telling everyone in earshot his team were "contenders," by August he was selling and trading off his team's "stars."

When reporters asked if President of baseball operations, Larry Beinfest's job is safe, Loria said, "that's not a fair question. That's not a fair question about anybody's job." Beinfest and GM Michael Hill have three years remaining on their original eight-year contracts. Asked what, in his mind is "most" to blame for the Marlins under-performance, Loria said, "I have not assessed blame, or looking at it that way. I think there's been a lot of things that went into whatever didn't work." ("ABERRATIONS?")

Closing his chat with reporters the Marlin's art dealer said, We need to meet, talk, put it all on the table..we'll come to some "intelligent" conclusions, (really). We "always" do. But we will fix it. How Loria intends to do that remains a mystery.
If as he says, THERE WERE "ABERRATIONS" - who takes the "blame?" The players, manager Ozzie Guillen, or owner Jeffrey Loria?...........(It's not a "trick" question).................

Larry Upton
"Upton on Sports"-source:miamiherald/

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