A decade late and several hundred million dollars short, Wayne Huizenga has regrets:
Outgoing Miami Dolphins majority owner H. Wayne Huizenga bid an emotional farewell to his favorite franchise Tuesday, but for the first time admitted he might have broke up the Marlins a year too soon after they won the 1997 World Series.
“We lost 34 million dollars the year we won the World Series and I just said, ’You know what? I’m not going to do that,’ ” Huizenga said at Dolphins headquarters when asked if he had any regrets about dismantling the Marlins in the aftermath of their World Series triumph over the Indians.
“If I had to do it all over again I’d say, ’OK, we’ll go one more year. I’m telling you right now at the end of this year I’m out of here.’ That’s what I would’ve done, but that’s in hindsight. There’s nothing you could do about it. The decision was made and we made it.”
Or he could have exercised a little moderation and foresight, cut salary some instead of completely, plowed some of the savings into player development, and allowed the Marlins to be consistently competitive as opposed to the occasional-feast-mostly-famine cycle they’ve been on for the past ten years. If he had, he might have seen his team value grow so greatly so as to substantially eclipse the operating losses from year-to-year.
I wish baseball wasn’t so restrictive with respect to who can and who can’t own a team, but if MLB is going to act as gatekeeper, I wish they’d ensure that whoever buys into ownership is committed to building the long term health, vitality, and value of the franchise as opposed to myopic idiots like Huizenga.