View Full Version : Should a team's owner involve themselves in on-field events?
09-29-2006, 08:36 AM
There have been meddling owners since the sport began. And George Steinbrenner's antics for the last 33 years have been storied reading for some time.
A few months ago Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, while sitting by the Marlins dugout, decided he had seen enough and let the umpires know their strike zone sucked, in his opinion. Shortly afterward, Marlins Manager Joe Girardi had decided he had enough of Loria and decided to give him an expletive-ladden chewing out for interfering.
Now Girardi, who could have been a little more diplomatic in his handling of this situation, is rumored to be on the way out once the season ends this coming Sunday.
So the question is, should owners interfere with on-filed activity, or clam up and leave such things to their field staff to handle?
09-29-2006, 08:39 AM
No. That's the manager's job.
09-29-2006, 08:53 AM
Ask Ted Turner about this. His one day stint as the Brave's manager shut him up and sent him back upstairs (with a not-so-gentle nudge from the Commissioner's office).
09-29-2006, 10:18 AM
Should they? No. But, if I've got a few hundred million dollars tied up in my business, you better believe I'd be right in the middle of everything. It sort of like telling a dog to stop barking. It's not in their nature. It's why they are where they are.
09-29-2006, 10:22 AM
I would love to see nobody take the job and Loria insert himself in the dugout, just so he could understand what it's really like...or Angelos in BALT, or Daniel Snyder. I don't think you would see so many comments from him about Girardi having absolutely nothing to do with the team winning!
Cuban, of course, would love to try, but he might actually confuse winning (with the talent on that team) with his own influence and try to convince other owners to do the same (like Jerry Jones).
Steinbrenner and Luchino are two others. Lots of rumors out of Boston that Lucchino actually is happy that the Red Sox tanked because it knocks Epstein down a peg. However, the Beckett trade was not made by Theo (the dumb extension was) and it would have been difficult for any team to survive that rash of injuries at mid-season.
09-29-2006, 11:22 AM
I think some owners who are hands on know what they are doing for the most part, like Mark Cuban (although he's going to have live with giving Erick Dampier that deal for a few more years), but there are other owners that need to back off like Synder and Jerry Jones.
09-29-2006, 11:38 AM
If I owned a ball club, you'd be damned sure that I would want to know what was going on with my very expensive investment.
09-29-2006, 01:18 PM
Depends. They all have the right to, of course, as they are the bosses and can do whatever they want. Steinbrenner obviously knows something about building winning baseball teams and when George talks, people listen. Loria, on the other hand, is all about making money and needs to keep his mouth shut, IMO.
As obnoxious as guys like Cuban and Snyder are; if they know something about the nuts-and-bolts of the business, I don't have a big problem with them getting involved.
Lip Man 1
09-29-2006, 01:34 PM
Owners should do one thing and one thing only...sign the checks to make it possible for their team to win.
Outside of that, you hire good baseball people to do their jobs and stay the hell out of the way.
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