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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Baseball Cheated By Florida Yard Sale

BALTIMORE, Maryland -- Think it's tough being an Orioles fan in the wake of Davey Johnson's resignation?


Life could be worse, a lot worse.


You could be a fan of the Florida Marlins, a franchise in the midst of setting an all-time land-speed record for the disassembling of a World Series champ.


Less than a month has passed since they won the Series in a thrilling Game 7 against the Indians, and they already have traded such cornerstones as Moises Alou, Devon White and Robb Nen, with Al Leiter, Kevin Brown, Bobby Bonilla and Gary Sheffield possibly to follow.


Why, Marlins owner H. Wayne Huizenga probably would trade one of the syllables in the Marlins' nickname if it meant saving a few million in payroll.


Let's hear it for the Florida Marl--s!


Only the situation really isn't that funny, is it?


It's pretty pathetic, that's what it is.


Out of all the reprehensible stories gracing the sports pages these days -- the lurid tales of overbearing owners, lawless millionaire players and economic hardball tactics -- the dissolution of the Marlins ranks at the top. Or the bottom. Whatever, you get the idea. Seldom, if ever, has the widespread greed running so rampant in sports been laid so bare.


And seldom, if ever, have fans of any team in any sport been so abused and brutally taken for granted.


Huizenga did buy a Series winner with an $89 million spending spree last winter, so he gave his fans one moment of high glory, which is better than none.


But now he wants a new, revenue-enhancing ballpark in the wake of the Marlins' success, and he can't find any public officials to build one for him. So, just to show how desperate his plight is, he is selling off anything to do with the Marlins that costs him any money.


In other words: "You won't build me a ballpark, I'll break up the team to make it easier to sell, nyah, nyah, nyah.''


Is that beautiful?


Meanwhile, he is breaking the hearts of South Florida's fans, denying them any chance to build a tradition on the foundation of last month's glory.


You can't damage a team or a sport much more than that. The building of traditions is the reason fans care about sports in the first place -- the reason fans pay good money to buy tickets -- but there'll be no championship tradition in South Florida.