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Bush reform policies could save Marlins

February 9, 2013

Reports are surfacing that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush attempted to purchase the Miami Marlins from Jeff Loria.
I for one feel like this change could have made a real difference in Miami and the game of baseball.
Gov. Bush, a potential 2016 presidential candidate knows from his own brother’s experience that the path to the White House goes directly through a disheveled Major League Baseball team.
If Gov. Bush could have taken over this shambled franchise, he could have incorporated many of his education reform policies to bring the team up higher than its current F-Grade.
Now to clear things up, the Marlins are At-Risk of Failing, which is not to be confused with Failing (New York Mets).
High turnover in administration has plagued the Marlins’ franchise since its inception in the 90s. They just can’t keep good coaches.
There was Joe Girardi who won the NL Manager of the Year Award but was fired during that offseason, only to later win a World Series with the Yankees.
Fredi Gonzalez, who won 94 games with the Braves last year was also fired couple of years ago by Loria. Rumor has it that the top brass chose to support a bratty shortstop instead of the player’s instructors.
Sound familiar educators?
Then there was Ozzie Guillen who was fired after one season in 2012.
The Marlins’ ownership has been repeatedly implicated in cooking the team’s books in order to feed off the taxpayers of its city and state, claiming the team was poor in order to have a tax-funded stadium built through bond issuance.
Test results in Miami have also been positive, which is negative in the baseball world.
The city has been in the spotlight as being home to one of the largest underground steroid rings in the nation, but you can’t really trust the test data because MLB does not even factor HGH into the formula for determining Pass or Fail.
Miami fans were outraged during this offseason when the Marlins dumped nearly $200 million of its budget sending half of its team to the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Marlins like this policy because the money follows the players.
Fans are still on the hook for the new stadium, but all of the talent has left the country.
Gov. Bush would be able to bring in his tried and true dropout prevention strategies, making sure that the 2013 team of rookies stays in Miami instead of demanding trades to other teams by July 1.
These early intervention strategies are also geared toward making sure that every player is playing at MLB-Level by the time they reach free-agency.
Players would be coached under a Performance-Based Instructional Model, and they would better avoid injuries through Common Core Workouts.
Gov. Bush would also support a Merit Pay system for coaches, the most underpaid workers in the MLB. This is geared toward rewarding the team’s best instructors and keeping them in Miami longterm.
One of the major things that Gov. Bush could have done for the remaining scraps of minor league players on the MLB team is offer Travel Choice.
Instead of making them fly on the mandatory team plane that may not be fully servicing all of the players and coaches, the Marlins would have Charter Planes and Charter Buses.
Rest assured though that these planes and buses would be paid for with taxpayer money. It is the Miami Marlins we’re talking about.
Gov. Bush would also be an advocate for chartering new teams not affiliated with MLB in the same town and also allowing players to cross division lines to play for more successful clubs.
Proponents cite the success of some independent leagues in Texas and Arkansas.
Unfortunately there are opponents coming from both sides against this baseball reform.
Unions claim that MLB should fully fund the current system before outsourcing the sport to for-profit teams like the Istanbul Consultants.
Teams receiving an A-Grade (Atlanta Braves) say they do not want baseball reform policies to infringe on their already successful institutions.
Teams that have high ratios of poverty (Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins or San Diego Padres) feel like their fan base cannot support them financially if their best players are leaving to play in another division.
They claim that they have been set up to fail because of roster size and flawed revenue sharing practices.
In a few weeks, Gov. Bush will be able to present solid data based upon Major League Baseball’s performance against its global competitors in the World Baseball Classic.

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