Three years ago, officials of Miami and Miami-Dade County were persuaded to provide most of the money necessary to build a gleaming new stadium for the Miami Marlins. In turn, it was understood, the Marlins would financially commit themselves to fielding a competitive team for years to come.
There were dissenters — not many, but loud ones — like Carlos Gimenez, then a county commissioner, who was skeptical of the intentions of the team’s owner, Jeffrey Loria, and opposed a deal that seemed much too generous, particularly during a recession.
Those dissenters now look prescient. On Tuesday, the Marlins, who finished the past season in last place, completed a stunning fire sale that left their roster depleted and their payroll relatively tiny and had many in Miami, Gimenez included, shaking their heads that all this happened after one season in the new park.
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