JUPITER, FL - MARCH 28: Team owner Jeffrey Loria of the Florida Marlins walks in the duggout against the Houston Astros on March 28, 2010 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
The Florida Marlins have lost nine Spring Training games in a row, and owner Jeffrey Loria is sick and tired of the Fish dogging it out there. When asked of his thoughts on the team after a 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, Loria called the Marlins' play "Uninspired baseball."
Loria told the Palm Beach Post that the Marlins have been playing "uninspired baseball," adding, "Very few guys have focused on what they’re here for. Very few."
"I know it’s only spring training," he continued, "but it’s time to take a look in the mirror. We’re better than this. It’s time to show it."
Loria wasn't done venting, though. Channeling his inner George Steinbrenner, he also told MLB.com, "It's time to kick it into gear, because the switch doesn't turn on the first day of the season." Letting the complaints fly, he groused, "I'm here 10 days and I haven't seen us win one game."
Meanwhile, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez (who probably has a better idea of what kind of reinforcement his players require) told the Miami Herald Wednesday, ""We have a very young team, and I think they're learning. I don't want to show them...give them the impression that there's panic."
Which one of these two sounds like he is overreacting?
Rodriguez should watch his back, though. If ever there was an owner who would fire his manager in Spring Training, it would be Jeffrey Loria.
But here is the thing about Spring Training criticism. When fans do it, it's charming and reflects well on a group of people who just want to see good baseball. When team owners do it, it resembles a spoiled child mad that his Lexus is in the shop.