köpa Seroquel på apoteket köpa Ayurslim på nätet kan man köpa Finax receptfritt på apoteket köpa Tamoxifen i tallinn beställa Trial Erection packs på nätet Coreg pris på apoteket hur kan man köpa Skelaxin lagligt att beställa Noroxin på nätet Brahmi pris i sverige viagra Hydrea köpa var köper man Flonase utan recept olagligt att beställa Myambutol på nätet köpa Mestinon kräm Orlistat liniment pris köpa Aldara orifarm köpa Erexin-V grekland köpa Carafate på kreta försäljning av Chloramphenicol Atorlip-10 kräm köpa är generisk Cymbalta farligt flytande Cardura dos köpa Fertomid gran canaria köpa Top Avana i butik stockholm bästa pris Diltiazem köpa Avalide spanien köpa Cozaar i lettland Deltasone eljo pris dosering Malegra k köpa Zofran internet köpa Flagyl ER egypten Myambutol utan recept spanien lagligt att beställa Sinequan på nätet Flonase dos migrän Bactroban oral jelly billig köpa Purim för tjejer vad är generisk Isoniazid köpa Acticin thailand kan man köpa Temovate i danmark lagligt beställa Propranolol Methotrexate första dos beställa Lukol pulver köpa Benadryl egypten Elimite lägre pris pris på Prinivil med recept beställa Tinidazole 2012 kan man köpa Lithium på apoteket hur köpa Tenormin kan man köpa Ranitidine på apoteket utan recept kan man köpa Pyridium spanien skaffa recept till Geriforte Caverta och träning dosering beställa Prograf på internet Methotrexate kräm pris beställa Calan på nätet lagligt köpa Zovirax från turkiet Proscar utan recept spanien köpa Top Avana i vietnam Doxazosin var köpa eljo Betapace uttag pris skaffa recept Trial Erection packs beställa Celebrex online fungerar generisk Charboleps Buspar köpa apoteket vill du köpa Tadalis Triamterene i sverige utan recept vart kan jag köpa Venlor Aspirin dosering rampfeber köpa riktig Yougara köpa Cephalexin säkert på nätet köpa Fluoxetine i frankrike köpa Abilify egypten var kan man köpa Cymbalta receptfritt köpa billigaste Zebeta köpa Zantac i spanien beställa Depakote på internet var köpa Triamterene billigt köpa Cholestoplex mot faktura i vilka länder kan man köpa Aldara receptfritt Alesse strömbrytare pris olagligt att beställa Amoxil köpa Silvitra på apoteket köpa Motrin på nätet flashback billig Trental på nätet lagligt köpa Minocycline köpa Zyrtec billig var köpa Slimex på nätet köpa Clomid postförskott köpa Keflex online 2012 skaffa recept Aleve vad är generisk Dilantin Shallaki recept FML Forte 10 mg köpa köpa Cipro lagligt i sverige var kan man köpa Slim Tea receptfritt Olanzapine hög dos köpa riktig Phexin köpa Serophene i apoteket Clomid usa köpa vem vill köpa Voveran köpa Ophthacare polen köpa Trental på nätet billigt Hyzaar liniment pris köpa Noroxin från turkiet olagligt att köpa Entocort eljo Mestinon bästa pris Kytril på apoteket pris bra ställe att köpa Himcolin hur få recept på Chloramphenicol hur köpa Abilify köpa Cialis på kanarieöarna köpa Claritin i tallinn köpa Cytotec estland kan man köpa Clozaril receptfritt kan man köpa Carbozyne i turkiet beställa billig Actos rekommenderad dos Tamoxifen köpa Neurontin i phuket Grifulvin V bästa pris köpa Trazodone i spanien Pariet tabletter pris sverige Zoloft dosering halsfluss beställa Diltiazem utomlands Minocycline billig dödlig dos av Provera köpa blå Yougara köpa Finpecia online 2013 olagligt att beställa Voveran på nätet köpa kvinnlig Benfotiamine Skelaxin köpa köpa Nizoral lagligt i sverige köpa Zyvox i indien Vasodilan dos nervositet köpa Provera inom eu köpa Albenza super active Urispas oral jelly köpa Tetracycline jelly köpa köpa Bactroban 2013 Renagel utan recept köpa Isoptin online billigt Alavert köpa flashback Diflucan köpa flashback köpa kvinnlig Proventil köpa Mobic på rhodos vad kan man köpa Clarina köpa Naltrexone 2013 köpa Duetact i amsterdam Slimex pris apotek sverige generisk Benicar biverkningar sänkt pris Cardizem vart kan man köpa Prednisone våga köpa Prometrium på nätet köpa Diakof tyskland köpa Levothroid säkert ställe att köpa Panmycin Nimotop bästa pris köpa äkta Epivir-HBV kan man köpa Himplasia i italien Carbozyne dosering urinvägsinfektion eljo Himplasia bästa pris Diclofenac utan recept i sverige köpa Atrovent inrikes bra ställe o köpa Motrin beställa Pamelor inrikes skaffa recept till Prednisone beställa Trental på internet köpa riktig Lithium Diltiazem köpa jord köpa Triamcinolone phuket pris Astelin sverige Doxazosin 100 billig kan man köpa Tadalis utan recept köpa Beconase AQ i sverige Bactrim i sverige utan recept köpa Prandin i spanien var köpa äkta Nimotop Cialis dosering rampfeber flytande Cyklokapron dos köpa Ralista i sverige köpa Proscar från sverige kan man köpa Erythromycin på gran canaria beställa Urispas på nätet flashback är generisk Urispas farligt kan man köpa Ethionamide på nätet hur ska man köpa Valtrex köpa eljo Shatavari köpa Slimex online 2013 Atrovent kräm köpa Pletal låg dos Vasotec turkiet pris köpa Cyklokapron i riga köpa Calan i tallin köpa Alavert på postförskott köpa Antivert flashback 2015 Cozaar på recept köpa Evecare i butik säkert att köpa Styplon på nätet köpa Anacin inrikes köpa Prometrium 20mg var kan man köpa Buspar på nätet köpa Epivir-HBV apoteket Zofran dosering till katt köpa Voltaren lagligt på nätet köpa Zyprexa apoteket dödlig dos Confido Kytril dosering vuxna kan man beställa Evista Doxazosin migrän dosering Augmentin till katt dosering Antabuse dosering lunginflammation lägsta pris på Plendil köpa Zyloprim inom eu köpa Topamax patong lagligt att beställa Keflex på nätet vill du köpa Big Appeal köpa Slimex i norge var köpa Zyloprim billigt köpa Atorlip-5 Himcolin till hund dosering köpa Diakof i sverige flashback köpa riktig Claritin rekommenderad dos Floxin Tetracycline köpa på nätet Yougara köpa flashback hur stor dos Ventolin ska man ta köpa Fosamax på gatan köpa Probalan i bangkok kan man beställa Aciphex köpa Tadapox i tallin Caverta dos migrän köp Rogaine 2 snabb leverans lagligt köpa Cephalexin bästa stället att köpa Lipitor Azulfidine online utan recept köpa Zithromax köpa Bystolic 400 mg Prinivil till katt dosering beställa Crestor utomlands Nexium k dosering lagligt att köpa Viramune på nätet Oxytrol sverige snabb leverans köpa Shallaki i butik stockholm beställa container Sildalis göteborg köpa Vasotec från turkiet hyra container Detrol pris köpa Lasuna för män Zantac i sverige utan recept vad kostar Lopressor på recept Tinidazole utan recept Benemid dosering ångest köpa Zoloft från sverige beställa Metformin på nätet 2014 sänkt pris Bupron SR köpa Tegretol tjeckien köpa Zenegra gran canaria Hydrea dosering ångest Zyrtec utan recept generisk Luvox i sverige Zocor bästa pris köpa Lanoxin stockholm Benfotiamine oral jelly billig beställa Dramamine var kan man köpa Nitrofurantoin receptfritt hur kan jag köpa Ayurslim lagligt att beställa Mircette för hög dos Coumadin köpa Cleocin tallinn försäljning Stromectol kan man köpa Himcolin utan recept Ciplox hexal köpa köpa laglig Indinavir Vytorin online utan recept köpa Haldol online 2013 köpa Zyban i usa Clonidine generisk Clonidine skillnad var kan jag köpa Mycelex-g beställa Zanaflex på nätet lagligt dosering Biaxin till hund köpa Lukol i lettland olagligt att beställa Premarin köpa Mestinon 50mg vart ska man köpa Cephalexin skillnad mellan generisk Zovirax köpa Toradol flashback 2014 Top Avana nervositet dos köpa Arava från sverige för hög dos Apcalis köpa Cytotec flashback 2013 pris Keflex på apoteket apoteket hjärtat Estrace pris köpa Erythromycin phuket köpa generisk Lozol online beställa Cholestoplex pulver köpa Aricept på nätet flashback Viramune uttag pris kan man köpa Levothroid receptfritt beställa Nasonex på faktura köpa Mestinon egypten skaffa recept till Olanzapine vart kan man köpa Pletal online köpa jord Xalatan dödlig dos av Yasmin köpa Benfotiamine grekland köpa Erexin-V i frankrike beställa Benadryl billig Lopressor snabb leverans kan man köpa Atarax i thailand köpa Seroquel för kvinnor Lipitor turkiet pris Precose köpa på nätet köpa Flagyl ER göteborg Metformin hög dos Tinidazole säker leverans Aricept snabbast leverans köpa eljo Pilex kan man köpa Copegus i england köpa Renagel i vietnam köpa Gasex i bangkok kan man köpa Sumycin på gran canaria Diovan dos migrän viagra Naprosyn köpa köpa Shuddha amsterdam köpa Zyrtec amsterdam lagligt beställa Himplasia köpa Tadapox thailand köpa Flagyl ER på postförskott köpa Cefadroxil i usa kan man köpa Beconase AQ i england köpa Serevent i helsingborg Bactroban migrän dosering köpa Toprol teneriffa beställa container Haldol Acivir gel pris apoteket köpa Coreg sverige 2012 hur får man recept på Nimotop köpa Orlistat köpenhamn rekommenderad dos Xenical kan man köpa Cipro på apoteket bästa sidan att köpa Cardizem köpa Anacin i göteborg köpa Cabgolin på gatan Minomycin liniment pris köpa Clonidine flashback 2014 kan man köpa Doxycycline i sverige köpa Aleve tallinn kan man köpa Orlistat i grekland köpa Vasotec på rhodos köpa Xalatan apotek köpa Kamagra på kanarieöarna köpa Probalan 10 mg köpa Rocaltrol malmö Confido vet dosering köpa billiga Zanaflex köpa Cipro flashback Benzac mot ångest dos säkra sidor att köpa Finax köpa Bonnispaz turkiet Pyridium dosering till katt Cardizem snabb leverans Differin dos migrän flytande Keftab dos köpa Big Appeal 10mg dosering Keftab till hund pris på Doxycycline i sverige köpa Accutane i london beställa blå Serevent generisk Doxycycline sverige köpa Kemadrin göteborg Aldactone plåster pris köpa Anacin i sverige flashback kan man köpa Zenegra receptfritt på apoteket köpa Arimidex 400 mg köpa Arcoxia butik Phexin vägguttag pris hur kan jag köpa Chloroquine bästa stället att köpa Elimite var köpa Baclofen beställa Zoloft på internet köpa Stromectol super active lägsta pris Amantadine Lasix online snabb leverans är det farligt att köpa Prinivil på nätet köpa Cymbalta på internet Actoplus köpa jord säker sida att köpa Proscar köpa Benzac sverige är det olagligt att köpa Seroquel på nätet Valtrex snabb leverans beställa container Betapace Prednisolone på recept Haldol dos nervositet behövs recept för Finax i spanien köpa Florinef på kanarieöarna Prazosin till katt dosering köpa Premarin receptfritt pris Anafranil turkiet beställa Viramune från thailand köpa laglig V-gel Seroflo dosering första gången köpa Keftab i ungern bästa pris på Protonix Vantin gel pris apoteket Kemadrin pris apoteket hjärtat var köpa Bentyl flashback Bystolic beställa container Proventil i sverige utan recept vart kan man köpa Ciplox Septilin pulver köpa köpa Alli i riga Zofran duo leverans Skelaxin strömbrytare pris Tofranil snabb leverans köpa Lexapro 100mg generisk Seroflo i sverige snabb leverans av Atorlip-20 Cholestoplex dos första gången Olanzapine oral jelly köpa kan man köpa Propecia i turkiet köpa generisk Aciclovir kan man köpa Liponexol på apoteket var kan man köpa Cleocin receptfritt Chloromycetin snabb leverans sverige kan man köpa Hyzaar på mallorca köpa Femara från england Suprax hög dos beställa billig Eurax köpa billiga Confido är det olagligt att köpa Benzac billig Benzac sverige Fucidin pris apotek sverige köpa Zestoretic i barcelona apoteket Tegretol gel pris Alesse gel pris apoteket hyra container Diarex pris Nizagara turkiet pris fungerar generisk Alli Clomid online snabb leverans köpa Strattera internet köpa Tofranil på teneriffa köpa Zoloft orifarm köpa Motilium i riga bästa stället att köpa Etodolac på Atarax pris apotek sverige Accutane köpa apoteket köpa kvinnlig Prazosin Cephalexin dödlig dos köpa Dipyridamole säkert billig Phexin snabb leverans köpa Coumadin billig Temovate dosering föredrag i vilka länder kan man köpa Imitrex receptfritt köpa Bystolic i london var kan man köpa NPXL beställa hem Bestina viagra Albendazole köpa generisk Hydrochlorothiazide snabb leverans köpa Lariam internet var kan jag köpa Rizact snabb leverans av Abana var kan man beställa Azulfidine Diclofenac shampoo köpa Xenical mot ångest dos bästa sidan att köpa Lotrisone köpa Grifulvin V mot postförskott köpa Yougara barcelona lägre pris på Zanaflex beställa Micronase pulver pris på Eulexin med recept köpa Noroxin estland säkert att köpa Nizagara på nätet hur få recept på Minomycin försäljning av Ponstel köpa Decadron flashback pris för Antabuse kan man köpa Diakof på apoteket utan recept beställa billig Doxycycline köpa Clozaril på gran canaria köpa Finax kräm beställa Zocor online bästa pris på Abana Actoplus vilken dos lagligt att köpa Cholestoplex köpa Avalide estland köpa kvinnlig Dulcolax beställa Actonel lagligt billig Flagyl ER sverige köpa Combivent prag beställa Alavert utomlands köpa Minocin nätet var köpa Aygestin på nätet köpa Alli i kina vågar man köpa Arava på nätet Atorlip-10 oral jelly billig var kan jag köpa Lukol var kan jag köpa Fertomid lägsta pris Naprosyn Copegus pris sverige köpa Nimotop seriöst är det recept på Aleve köpa Acivir snabbt Seroquel migrän dos
Home

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 970 guests online

Atom RSS

Interview - David Samson - President - Marlins PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 9
PoorBest 
The Biz of Baseball - Interviews
Written by Maury Brown   
Sunday, 05 February 2006 12:00

David SamsonThe following interview focuses on the Marlins’ efforts to get a new facility deal. Other topics include: the relationship between the former minority partners and Jeffery Loria during the ownership of the Expos; whether the Marlins are observing the lease negotiations in Washington, DC after relocation of the Expos; whether the Marlins are looking over their shoulder at other possible relocation candidates such as the Twins, A’s and, possibly, the Royals; how player payroll could get back to its pre-2006 season levels; how Samson reacted to the Marlins winning the 2003 World Series; and much more


 
David Samson has probably had as difficult a job as any major league club president. In six, now going on seven, years, Samson has worked with Jeffery Loria in Montreal as part of the front office for the Expos and now, in South Florida, with the Marlins.

Stadium development has loomed over the both clubs’ financial success.

On the field, the teams have had quite different stories. No club has won two World Series Championships faster than the Marlins; Samson was part of the front office when the club won it all in 2003.

In addition, the Marlins have had an erratic player payroll. First with founding owner, Wayne Huizinga, and now with Jeffery Loria, player payroll has been bi-polar—going up to more than respectable levels, only to come crashing down in dramatic fashion. Ownership argued in both cases that lack of a controllable revenue stream from a baseball-only facility prevented sustainable competitive player payroll levels.

Now, David Samson may have his most difficult task at hand—potential relocation of the Florida Marlins. While continuing efforts to complete a deal for a new facility in South Florida, they have requested and been granted permission by MLB to look at relocation.

The clear preference is South Florida. Home is always preferable to the unknown. However, in the eyes of the club, a new facility is no longer just wanted; it’s required.

Certainly, fans in Florida are upset. Samson, as president, is the official taking the public heat from the Marlins fan base.

Other locales have sent invitations. Samson and other Marlins officials have slated visits with many as seven jurisdictions. The future location of the Florida Marlins remains undecided.

Samson was an energetic and engaging interview subject. The following interview focuses on the Marlins’ efforts to get a new facility deal. Other topics include: the relationship between the former minority partners and Jeffery Loria during the ownership of the Expos; whether the Marlins are observing the lease negotiations in Washington, DC after relocation of the Expos; whether the Marlins are looking over their shoulder at other possible relocation candidates such as the Twins, A’s and, possibly, the Royals; how player payroll could get back to its pre-2006 season levels; how Samson reacted to the Marlins winning the 2003 World Series; and movie-buff Samson’s recommended baseball movies.

Editors Note: The interviewer resides in Portland, Oregon, where he has worked in the past as an unpaid analyst for the MLB to Portland effort. Great care was taken in the line of questioning and topics not to bias interview subject Samson towards Portland, a relocation candidate. Thus, no relocation candidate is addressed directly except Hialeah, a city within Miami-Dade County. BizBall, LLC and The Biz of Baseball takes no position on the Marlins relocation. Maury Brown


BizBall: Before we get started on weightier subjects, I understand that you are quite a movie buff. Is this true?

Samson: It is true. I have a radio show where I review movies and I try to watch at least one movie every day, so I would say I’m definitely addicted to movies. Today [editor’s note - January 31] happens to a holiday for me, because the Oscar nominations were announced. That’s second only to the day that they’re actually given out, so I do love movies.

BizBall: Do you have any particular baseball movies that you would recommend?

Samson: I do. I think that there are a few obvious baseball movies that everybody should see; they include The Natural, Field of Dreams, and A League of Their Own.

But I want to talk about one that people may not have seen, called The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. That’s a documentary about Hank Greenberg, who was a terrific baseball  player; it is a movie that shows the type of racial prejudice he went through when he was playing and, really, what life was like when things were difficult. I think that in this century and in this decade, we forget how good we all have it. That’s a great movie for the kids today to watch to get some perspective.

BizBall: You’re coming off seven years now between the Expos and the Marlins…

Samson: It’s hard to believe, but this is our seventh season in baseball.

BizBall: During that time, the key effort has been trying to get a new facility, whether it was in Montreal or now in Florida. Given the fact that you have yet to secure a stadium deal, has it been frustrating?

Samson: I’d say that if it were easy, then anyone could do it. Of course, it’s a little frustrating when you have a singular goal that you don’t meet, but having said that, we are certainly not giving up. We’re continuing to work both here in Florida and now we’re looking elsewhere.

Eventually, the Marlins will find a home, whether it’s a new stadium in Florida or elsewhere, but it’s a process that takes a long time. The Marlins have actually been trying to get a stadium for thirteen years, ever since they were born in 1993, so the list of people who have tried is pretty extensive.

BizBall: In the case of the Expos, was the internal struggle between the limited partners and Mr. Loria an added distraction to the effort?

Samson: It was just another thing on our plate, obviously.

You may recall that they did eventually file a lawsuit that went to arbitration and all of their claims were summarily dismissed. They were found to have no merit whatsoever, but it did take months of preparation and months out of my life. I wouldn’t call it a distraction as much as I would say it was an unfortunate part of a job that most people would love to have until they’re sitting in the chair, and all of a sudden it may not be so glamorous.

BizBall: Baseball hadn’t moved a team in 34 years up until the Expos move to DC, where they’re still going through struggles to finalize a lease. Are you watching what’s going on with the lease agreement there, because you may be relocating and there are things you can learn from that lease situation? Or is it a wholly unique transaction, because baseball owns the club?

 Samson: No, I think it’s not unique at all, I think baseball’s realizing what it’s like to try to get stadium deals done anywhere. We’ve looked at the stadium deals that have been done all over baseball, so to the extent we can learn anything, which is plenty, we learn it from other places, including Washington and others.

BizBall: You recently met with officials from Hialeah and you looked at some possible sites. Can you categorize how those visits went?

Samson: They were preliminary but good. Hialeah is a city in the County of Miami-Dade, and the county are the people we have been negotiating with to build a stadium. We’ve really needed a site ever since the Orange Bowl in the city of Miami fell off the table. That was the place we were going to build. So now we’re looking at different sites within the county, and Hialeah has some interesting possibilities.

BizBall: While the Marlins are the only club that has currently requested the option to explore relocation, other clubs such as the Twins, A’s, and if voters vote no on a sales tax, possibly the Royals, have all mentioned the possibility of relocation. I hate to use the term “land grab,” but is there a feeling that you may be looking at this in the context that others may be looking to relocation in the future, so you’re trying to get it done while conditions are good?

Samson: No, because I think it’s more of a global baseball issue, that there are all these cities that have not done stadiums for their teams yet, and that is going to lead to relocation at some point. I don’t view it as a competition at all, because all teams in baseball need to be successful for the sport to be successful, and the Commissioner understands that he has an important job ahead of him: making sure all teams have stadiums so that they can be viable.

BizBall: Is a primary goal of the Marlins to become less of a revenue taker and become a revenue payer within the revenue-sharing program?

Samson: That’s obviously our goal. Right now, we’re the biggest revenue taker and we want to be a revenue giver because we think we’re in a city that should be one of the big markets. We don’t let our people here call Miami a small-market team. The Florida Marlins are not a small-market team. We’re a low-revenue team and we’ve got to cure that. One way to cure this is to make sure we play in a place that’s a baseball-only facility with a roof that has air conditioning so people will want to come and enjoy a night out no matter what the weather is.

BizBall: Is there a higher sense of urgency right now to work on finalizing a stadium deal, and given the difficulty in making the deal, do you find it a bit daunting?

Samson: I don’t find it daunting. I just find it necessary to get something done as quickly as possible because, you are correct, time is running out.

BizBall: Regarding funding of a facility. There was an ownership equity component for the Orange Bowl site location. Is that offer now off the table, and how flexible are the Marlins to adding ownership equity to construction of a stadium? Are there certain facets of the construction, such as land or infrastructure, that are outside that discussion?

Samson: Yes, I think that the contribution that we have on the table right now would make us the third or fourth highest contributors for one of the new stadiums in baseball, and that was one of the contributions that would have ended up being over $200 million. What that covers depends on what site we’re at and what the costs of the land and infrastructure are. But as far as overall contributions, I think that amount is more than enough, especially for a market that has not yet proven it can sustain Major League Baseball in high numbers.

BizBall: The Marlins have made considerable cuts to player payroll as you and Mr. Loria have termed a market correction. Larry Benifest pulled together a World Championship team in 2003 with a considerably higher payroll than the Marlins will have next season. How fast do you feel you can rebuild to get back in contention?

Samson: Well, that’s generally the reason why we took the payroll all the way down. Number one, we wanted to have a payroll that matched our revenues. Number two, we wanted to make sure that we were in the position that we didn’t do it half-way. We didn’t want to be mediocre for another ten years. We wanted to just start over. The deals were necessary to do. We’re moving forward.

Dontrelle WillisWe’re hopeful that some of the players that we got back [in trades] are going to blossom into stars in the same way Dontrelle Willis did. As you recall, when we traded for him no one had heard of him. And now he’s a 20 game winner. Hopefully there’s a jewel in the rough. We’re going to go out there and compete, and we went people to know that they should be cheering for the front of the jersey. And now’s an important time for people to support the Marlins, because without season ticket support or attendance, it’s hard to convince politicians that it really matters.

BizBall: Let’s say in a perfect world, a stadium deal dropped into your lap today. Would there be a correction to player payroll as soon as a stadium deal was completed? I know you had some player contracts in the past that were tied directly into a stadium deal. Would you change your payroll outlook to match that scenario given future opportunities?

Samson: It depends at the end of the day what the stadium contributions is. Our view is that a stadium is needed to save this franchise, and we’re just not going to lose money anymore. If our contribution stays where it is or we even have to go a little higher, that will obviously impact payroll going forward.

BizBall: While the Marlins organization has never mentioned this, the CBA has a provision within it that allows for MLB to go forward with the possible dissolving of one or more clubs via contraction. If all options fail within the timeline that the Marlins have, would you consider this option?

Samson: My guess is contraction has seen the light of day and has gone back into its hole. I believe contraction is the groundhog who will never see his shadow. I don’t see that as a possibility.

BizBall: Finally, on winning the World Series in 2003… You were involved for a small fraction of time in MLB compared to many of your fellow MLB President counterparts when Florida won it all. Can you describe the feeling that you and Mr. Loria had at that time?

Samson: Well, I can only describe my feeling, and the first word that comes to mind is incredible humility.

I remember thinking exactly what you said. We were in the locker room, where we had just been given the trophy and I was standing on stage looking out at the players celebrating. And I was thinking to myself, “How many people have been in the game, both players and executives, who never had a chance to do it?” And realize that no matter what happens in the rest of my life, I’ll always be the president of a Major League Baseball team that won a World Series. Having that thought so quickly made it stick with me forever, and I still think about it almost every day. And certainly, every time I look at my [World Series] ring, it reminds me how lucky I am.


The following interview was originally published on the SABR Business of Baseball website, and can be read here: SABR Business of Baseball Interviews Page

Interview conducted by Maury Brown on 1/31/06.
Transcribed by Kenneth Mendes and Tim Cashion

Edited by Maury Brown and John Ruoff
Graphics and layout by Maury Brown

 
 
Banner

Poll

Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?