I talked about how MLB needs to protect markets before, but it’s becoming an increasingly alarming situation. The Miami Marlins are not a poor franchise and any lack of spending is not based on not having money. Remember that please. The Fish also received an extra $30 million this season. A simple Google search reveals that the San Diego area has slightly over 3 million people. How about the Miami metro area? We have DOUBLE THAT with slightly over 6 million people. Why are the San Diego Padres outspending the Miami Marlins?
The Miami Marlins are being humiliated by the San Diego Padres.
San Diego is not a major market. It’s technically a small market in the shadow of Los Angeles not far north (no offense San Diegoans). Miami is one of the popular cities in the world. How is it possible that the Miami Marlins have an approximately $69 million payroll for 2023 and the San Diego Padres have an approximately $179 million payroll? Both numbers are close to what they had in 2022 by the way.
Want to look at the National League attendance numbers? How is it possible that The Fish were dead last in attendance in 2022 and The Friars were in fourth place. What about team revenue? Unfortunately I could only find the 2021 numbers… $240 million for the Miami Marlins and $281 million for the San Diego Padres. Yes, The Friars aren’t even making that much more money, yet they’re well overspending us.
They signed Manny Machado, extended Fernando Tatis Jr. and now signed Xander Bogaerts. All of these deals were $100 million+ and they now have a loaded top of the batting order. They’re fully expected to be in the playoffs next season and who knows maybe they’ll go all the way to the World Series. How is this acceptable to MLB? How can they do nothing about this inactivity by one of the biggest markets in the country?
There is no excuse for the Miami Marlins to be cheap and not spend on top players. If ownership refuses to do this, MLB must step in. It’s simply unfair and unacceptable to the fanbase. We deserve better.