With the sale of the Miami Marlins all but voted on, it appears they won’t be retaining the services of President David Samson.
The Derek Jeter era is off to a good start. His first order of business, before even having been installed as the owner of the team, was one all Miami Marlins fans can greatly appreciate. On Thursday, news broke that David Samson was out.
Whether Samson was a victim of his own undoing, or a scapegoat in one of the most volatile ownership in memory is a matter of opinion. He was the most visible executive for an ownership group that was despised by its fans. It’s no surprise everyone wanted him out.
First reported by Dan Le Betard, and confirmed by the Miami Herald, the new ownership group has informed MLB they will not retain Samson.
It isn’t difficult to project what his legacy will be in Miami, either. He led the charge that eventually got Marlins Park built. But it came at the expense of massive amounts of taxpayer dollars. He hosed the Miami-Dade taxpayer so badly, the SEC examined the nature of the agreement closely.
They found no wrongdoing, just a really crappy deal.
Samson went on to brag about how much money he got the city to commit to the ballpark in the midst of a recession. He was the first person voted off the show “Survivor”, and now he’s the first person out of the Jeter ownership group.
Often times, Samson was all too eager to talk about the marathons he’d been running. While his efforts were philanthropic, you couldn’t help but feel they were tinged with a “see, I’m an athlete too!” attitude. He’ll leading another one this offseason with a continent of Miami Marlins executives.
Let’s see if any of them drop out now that he won’t be their boss.
Harsh, but not harsh enough
It might seem cold to be overjoyed by the fact that someone is out of a job. Samson has one more year on his contract which will pay him $5 million, then he’s out on his butt. Let’s take a minute and remember that David Samson is a person, just like me and you. He needs a job.
Hats off to whoever gives him one. I can’t imagine it will be somewhere in the world of baseball though.
Don’t expect Miami Marlins fans to be too sympathetic for Samson’s plight. Even the Mayor of Miami-Dade County was vocal in support of Samson’s ousting.
When searching for a solitary reason to keep David Samson affliated with the Miami Marlins beyond the Loria years, you’re inevitably left wanting.
After months of speculation, its appears the sale to Derek Jeter is all but put to the vote. Once Major League Baseball approves the sale, David Samson will be out, along with Jeffery Loria. Let the good times roll.