View Full Version : Loria closes deal to buy Marlins as at least 60 employees are fired

02-16-2002, 04:07 PM
Complete Article (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news/ap/20020216/ap-marlinssale.html) At least 60 Florida Marlins' employees were fired as Jeffrey Loria closed Saturday on his purchase of the team from John Henry.

During the final hours of negotiations to seal the sale, the entire player development staff was fired, including scouts, administrators and minor league managers and coaches.

The dismissals were anticipated, allowing the new ownership to bring in about 50 employees from the Montreal Expos, the team Loria owned since December 1999.

``We haven't laid off anybody,'' said new Marlins president David Samson, who is among those making the move from the Expos. ``In this transaction, all we're guilty of is being loyal to our employees that we have (in Montreal).''

Loria is keeping most of the Marlins' business employees. Also staying are former major league stars Andre Dawson and Tony Perez, who are special assistants to the general manager.

02-16-2002, 04:34 PM
Gee, that's a story that truly warms your heart, doesn't it?