View Full Version : Loria "talked out" of firing Girardi this past Sunday

08-12-2006, 06:47 PM
Report: Loria was talked out of firing Girardi

ESPN.com news services

Florida Marlins (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=fla) owner Jeffrey Loria had to be talked out of firing manager Joe Girardi (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=4296) after a loss last Sunday, the Palm Beach Post reported Saturday, citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the situation.

According to the newspaper report, Loria had made the decision and only reversed it after a postgame meeting with Girardi and other front-office officials. Girardi, for his part, apologized to Loria in front of a subsequent team meeting, the newspaper reported.

"Everyone is going to write what they think happened. All I know is I'm still the manager of the Florida Marlins and I'm here," Girardi said Friday before the Marlins played the Arizona Diamondbacks (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=ari).

Asked if Loria had fired him and changed his mind, Girardi said "I'll discuss things at the end of the year. Right now the important thing is our club, and I'm still the manager of the Marlins."

Loria declined comment Friday through team spokesman P.J. Loyello, the newspaper reported.

On Sunday, Aug. 6, Loria and Girardi had words after two borderline pitches were called balls in the midst of a six-run Dodgers rally. Loria, who was sitting near the team dugout, yelled at the umpire, and then got into a discussion with Girardi when Girardi asked him to stop.

"Then Girardi said, 'Just stay out of it. I'm the manager.'" a source told the Palm Beach Post. "And Loria said, 'Well, I'm the owner,' or words to that effect. 'If you don't like what I'm telling you, you're fired.'" Another source told the newspaper Girardi's reply to Loria included profanities, which irked the owner even more.

"Loria got up out of his seat and was preparing to get rid of [Girardi]," one source told the newspaper. "Jeffrey can be very knee-jerk. Before he was done walking up the aisle, Jeffrey made up his mind to fire Joe right after the game."

Team employees were seen setting up the Dolphin Stadium media room for a press conference after the game. That news conference was never held, and the newspaper reported that Loria changed his mind after meeting with team president David Samson, general manager Larry Beinfest and assistant GM Mike Hill in Girardi's office.

"They stopped and thought about this, that it would be a public relations nightmare if the resurging Florida Marlins were to have fired a man who turned them around," a source told the newspaper.

08-12-2006, 06:51 PM
All I gotta say, Loria clearly was in the wrong . . Joe is the manager, let him do his job. If Loria would have fired Girardi, man I think this club would have definetly been out of here. I mean how da hell do u even think about firing a guy who has been considered by some as the manager of the year, and taking a team who not only will not lose 100 games . . but a team that is clearly in the WC hunt being only 4.5 games out.

I just hope Joe doesn't leave or resign after the season, or Loria insists on letting him go . . would be tragic for this franchise.

08-12-2006, 11:23 PM
Loria is a crappy owner.

Vertical Limit
08-13-2006, 02:53 AM
Loria is a crappy owner.

I know owners are fans too, but they need to learn their position. This is by far the most stupidest thing I've read on an Owner's behaviour issues, and I thought Mark Cuban was bad but atleast when Avery gives him the look, he knows to keep his mouth shut and sit his *** down.

Prime Time
08-13-2006, 05:12 PM
Wow...this would be horrible for the Marlins. Girardi better be the manager for a few more seasons. It would suck if he left...