Fishing for attendance
December, 10, 2007
Apparently, the few remaining fans in South Florida are upset about the Marlins trading Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis. I don't know about them, but I do know that sentiment is held by a lot of sports talk hosts around the country. Dan Le Betard, though, wonders what the Marlins are supposed to do: continue to spend money when the fans won't spend their own?
Fans who don't spend money on the team are complaining because the Marlins have cut payroll again. The Marlins could finish in last place, as they did last season, while paying Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis close to $20 million. Or they could finish in last place and pocket all that extra money without them. Which would you do if it were your company? Cabrera and Willis, great as they are, weren't luring money or fans or stadium support, so losing them isn't exactly going to cost the Marlins any of those things.