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  • Worst owner in Major League history

    Who would you say is the worse owner in MLB history, and why?

  • #2
    Hmm, Frank McCourt or Fred Wilpon? Tough one.
    My top 10 players:

    1. Babe Ruth
    2. Barry Bonds
    3. Ty Cobb
    4. Ted Williams
    5. Willie Mays
    6. Alex Rodriguez
    7. Hank Aaron
    8. Honus Wagner
    9. Lou Gehrig
    10. Mickey Mantle

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    • #3
      There's Marge Schott (or is it Shott), John (?) Brush from the turn of the century, and until 1996 George Steinbrenner to add to the preliminary list. Technically wouldn't the worst owners be the ones that had to fold up shop, since that would be the ultimate failure as an owner.

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      • #4
        Any of the syndiclist owners of the 19th century. From a Clevleland perspective it would be the Robison's.

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        • #5
          I think the worst long term owner was Connie Mack.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by EdTarbusz View Post
            I think the worst long term owner was Connie Mack.
            Care to explain?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by George H Ruth View Post
              Care to explain?
              Not to speak for Ed, but I'm guessing it's because he was a cheapskate who held a few fire sales in his day.
              My top 10 players:

              1. Babe Ruth
              2. Barry Bonds
              3. Ty Cobb
              4. Ted Williams
              5. Willie Mays
              6. Alex Rodriguez
              7. Hank Aaron
              8. Honus Wagner
              9. Lou Gehrig
              10. Mickey Mantle

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              • #8
                Originally posted by George H Ruth View Post
                Care to explain?
                Because he was perpetually undercapitalized and was clear that he would rather field a team that made a profit rather than win on the field.

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                • #9
                  I'd argue for Chris Von Der Ahe for sheer incompetence and Andrew Freedman for being pure evil. Von Der Ahe totally trashed the Cardinals through many bizarre moves (including erecting a huge statue of himself in front of the stadium) and Freedman set a standard for treating his players that probably could have sunk the NL if other owners had tried to emulate him.
                  "If I drink whiskey, I'll never get worms!" - Hack Wilson

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                    Not to speak for Ed, but I'm guessing it's because he was a cheapskate who held a few fire sales in his day.
                    Connie was unfortunately pretty senile in his last years running the club, too.
                    "If I drink whiskey, I'll never get worms!" - Hack Wilson

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                      Not to speak for Ed, but I'm guessing it's because he was a cheapskate who held a few fire sales in his day.
                      Charles Commiskey gets an unfair rap for being a cheapskate. mack was a real cheapskate. He skirted the law screwing over a couple of returning veterans in 1945 and 1946 which, in my opinion, is tough to reconcile with his saintly image.

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                      • #12
                        Harry Frazee.

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                        • #13
                          Dimwitted racist toad Calvin Griffith needs some serious consideration.
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                          • #14
                            You are all wrong

                            Name ANY Philly owner and they beat whoever you stated

                            From Horace Fogel whose paranoid rants about umpires banned him from baseball, to William F Baker who put the cheapskates to shame as he had ONE scout and used sheep to trim the grass at Baker Bowl...he also erected the wall in Baker Bowl to stop HRs and when Chuck Klein still hit them out he put a 20 foot net atop the 40 ft wall so he wouldnt have to give Klein a pay raise for more HRS to William Cox, who was banned for betting

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Los Bravos View Post
                              Dimwitted racist toad Calvin Griffith needs some serious consideration.
                              As does dimwitted racist toadess Marge Schott.
                              They call me Mr. Baseball. Not because of my love for the game; because of all the stitches in my head.

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