MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.

And there’s a lot of shame to go around today thanks to the fire sale of the Marlins’ best players, which  will go down in infamy in our national pastime’s history.

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Most shameful?  Team owner Jeffrey Loria. Major League Baseball is brutally tough about whom it allows into the very exclusive club of team  owners.

How Loria was allowed in, and allowed to stay in – after a prior fiasco as owner of the Montreal Expos and his other Marlins fire sale a few years ago – boggles the mind.

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Owners are always very rich and usually want to win, not just use their teams to get richer. Mr. Loria, if you care more about money than your team or this community, sell the Marlins, take the money, run, and please, let the door hit you on the way out.

The Marlins conned South Florida taxpayers and politicians in getting a sweetheart deal for their new ballpark. Now they’re conning us again, without consequences, because our politicians didn’t protect us against another fire sale.

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The politicians should be doubly ashamed. The ineffectual Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, should also be ashamed for lacking the courage  to follow the example of a prior commissioner and stop this deal. Mr. Selig: don’t help kill baseball in South Florida.