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Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is no stranger to underperforming teams. Expecting his team to be in the playoffs year after year, disappointment is something that comes easily to him. But he is refusing to panic about this year's team, which now sits a game below .500 with one of the worst offenses in the National League.
"We're going to be fine," Loria told the Miami Herald Tuesday. "This is an excellent team, and I would never bet against them."
The Marlins were sitting near the top of the AL East after a torrid May. But Tuesday's loss puts the Marlins at 4-12 for the month of June.
Loria is looking on the bright side, though. "We're two games out of the wild card, and we could not have been playing worse for a very short moment."
Heading into Tuesday's game, the team was hitting .204 with an OPS of .608 (league averages are .253 and .721, respectively).
"I don't have any concern," Loria continued. "Obviously, I'd like to see more. But I'm not worried long-term about our offense at all."
Just how different is Loria acting? In 2011, he did not even wait until Spring Training was over to start complaining about the Marlins' performance. In each of the past two seasons, the Marlins have switched managers midseason. That probably won't happen this time around, though.
"I see nothing but Miami sunshine," Loria said. "It's going to be one helluva run."
Either this was an imposter posing as Loria on Tuesday, or he really has turned over a new leaf.