It’s time for MLB to pucker up and embrace Mark Cuban
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I waited a few days to write this article because of the initial shock. I’m a rational person for the most part, so I figured maybe it’s just a moment in time that caught me off guard. Currently, I broadcast for Radford University’s Women’s Basketball team; our girls had just picked up their first win of the season, in decisive fashion I might add, when I checked Twitter. Seeing some of my colleagues here at TTFB mentioning the words “trade”, “Jose Reyes” and “blockbuster” was enough to shock me. It was then I dug deeper and — to my chagrin — saw that it wasn’t just Reyes but a gaggle of Miami Marlins traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. A rage came over me like a surfer caught in a tsunami. I thought, “How could they do this?”
Then reality set in, and I realized because it’s the Marlins, that’s how. So, I read up, took a nap on the bus and slept on it. The next day, I did some errands and heard some analysts give their opinion on the trade. The rage had yet to subside. Finally, as I sit on my couch waiting for “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” to come on, something hit me. It is as if the bulging vein in my neck triggered a neuron in my brain that commanded my fingers to type. So, before we get to what this rant is about, let’s figure out what it’s not about.
Some may say it’s because I’m a Yankees fan, and I understand that argument, but I don’t think it is the sole reason for my frustration. Is this about the Marlins blowing everything up for the third time in the last 15 years? I’d say maybe on the surface level, but not wholly. What this is about is how disgraceful Major League Baseball has become.
How has this “boys club” of rich, uptight, arrogant, good ol’ boys been able to look themselves in the mirror when people like Jeffery Loria rob them of money in luxury tax? Not good enough for you? Here’s what absolutely infuriates me: The fact they shut out Mark Cuban and scoff at him as an owner when you have laughingstock franchises polluting baseball.
In case you don’t remember, MLB eliminated Cuban twice from the bidding process (Cubs, Rangers) and three times he was squeezed out, dropped out or never had an opportunity for one reason or another (Pirates, Dodgers, Mets).
So, how is Cuban poisonous for baseball when you have stories like the McCourts, Fred Wilpon, whatever the Pirates were doing for nearly 20 years and let’s not forget our friend Loria ruining not just the Marlins, but also the former Montreal Expos.Oh, my, how people have forgot about that! He crumbles a franchise and how is he rewarded? They let him buy another one! Unbelievable.
I guess Cuban is bad because he has received nearly $2 million in fines, and that’s only counting disclosed amounts. There’s no excuse for that, but if you’re looking for a twinkle of goodness, he matches each fine with a charitable donation. I can see how you could view that as a “black eye” for the sport. I’m so glad that baseball hasn’t had anything like that in recent years. Excuse me, my phone just rang.
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