User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Lowell says Marlins can win back fans

New Sportsbook.com customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

   

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Mike Lowell grew up in Miami, helped the Marlins win a World Series and knows all too well about the franchise's tradition of humble payrolls and modest crowds.

Advertisement
Back in uniform this week as a special instructor, Lowell says the team can win again and win back fans, but it will take time. And he sympathizes with South Floridians angry the Marlins this season will be near baseball's basement in payrolls - again.

The return to a tight budget comes after a brief spending binge and only one year in the long-sought new ballpark that was supposed to transform the franchise.

``You just had so much hope,'' Lowell said. ``You've been wanting for this for 15 years and you get it, and it seemed like it didn't last very long.

``But it's not my team. It's not my money. They have the right to do what they want. But there's going to be a consequence.''

While the Marlins' latest payroll purge will keep disenchanted fans away, Lowell said it might also deter future free agents from considering Miami.

All-Stars Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell signed free-agent deals before the 2012 season, and all have already been traded.

``Players read contracts and see that Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle got traded in the first year of a long-term deal,'' Lowell said. ``They're going to think twice about it. It'll definitely be an issue.''

Owner Jeffrey Loria ordered a roster shake-up after the Marlins finished last in NL East with a $90 million payroll, so Reyes, Buehrle and Josh Johnson were traded to Toronto.

``I understand the team lost a lot of games,'' Lowell said. ``But I think it would be hard to say they lost a lot of games because of Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson.''

Even so, Lowell's rooting for the Marlins, in part because his close friend Mike Redmond is the new manager. They were Marlins teammates for six seasons after the `97 World Series champions were dismantled.

Lowell was a rookie in 1999, the roster was the youngest in the majors and the Marlins lost 98 games. Four years later many of the same players - including Lowell and Redmond - celebrated a World Series championship.

Redmond envisions the same sort of development in the next few years, and he invited Lowell to spend a few days with the team.

``I just want him to be around to be a sounding board for some of our young players who have this opportunity,'' Redmond said. ``Mike got an opportunity because of getting rid of a lot of the players in `97. It was the same opportunity as now. He made the most of his opportunity, and look what he accomplished.''

Lowell spent 12 years in the majors and was a four-time All-Star third baseman. He was the World Series most valuable player in 2007 when he led Boston's memorable title run, and he wore a Red Sox uniform while visiting their camp earlier this week.

But he's still a Marlin. Lowell attended about a half dozen games in their new ballpark last season, and he'll be back for more this year - unlike many others.

While it seems fan ire has never been higher in South Florida, Lowell predicted attendance will rise again if and when the team is successful.

``Winning cures everything,'' he said. ``And there's good talent here. It's just, when does the talent pan out? Two years? Five years? One year? The fans want it to pan out now, which is normal.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Rogers: Wednesday's AL Tips
Rose: Who's Hot - AL Edition
Cardinals shut down Brewers, 6-1
Sanchez lifts Giants over Dodgers in 12
Mets dominate D-Backs again, 9-0
A's get past Angels in extra innings
Rockies hold off Padres, 'under' hits
White Sox slip past Red Sox 2-1 on error
Marlins snap 8-game skid, hammer Nats
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
5-0 L5, 14-3 L17, 22-8 +1,676 TY
5-1 +558 Yesterday, +1,300 TY
7-3 Run, 9-1 G-Plays, +1,292 TY
6-1 L7 G-Plays, 20-10 +985 Run
11-5 Last 16 Selections
4-0 L4, 9-3 Guarantees This Year
5-2, +297 Last 7 G-Plays
5-1 Last 6 Guaranteed Plays
7-3, +405 Record L10 Selections
5-1, +459 Last 6 Selections
22-10 L32 Over/Unders
3-1 L4 Guaranteed Plays
5-1 +476 Yesterday, +1,124 TY
4-1, +325 Last 5 Guarantees
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks- Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 1676
Bruce Marshall + 1300
Mike Rose + 1292
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 936
Dave Cokin + 888
John Fisher + 664
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Michael Black + 496
Matt Zylbert + 302
Joe Williams + 300
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 873
Bruce Marshall + 570
Jeff White + 556
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 793
Mike Rose + 458
The Prez + 453
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 1321
John Fisher + 1198
Bruce Marshall + 469
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and recieve access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!