Loria holds team meeting following sleepless night

Loria holds team meeting following sleepless night

Loria holds team meeting following sleepless night
BOSTON -- Marlins owner and CEO Jeffrey Loria couldn't sleep after the team's 15-5 loss vs. the Red Sox on Wednesday night and decided he needed to personally speak with the club on Thursday.

The Marlins held a team meeting in the clubhouse before taking batting practice for the series finale vs. the Sox. The meeting lasted roughly 15 minutes.

Nevertheless, Miami lost to Boston, 6-5, on Thursday night to fall to 4-14 in June. The Marlins have lost 13 of their past 15 games.

What did Loria tell his team?

"I wanted them to look back at when they first started discovering that they liked baseball and they discovered that they could play baseball and then they discovered that they could play it really well," Loria said. "And then they could become professionals and what it meant to them, to start thinking about that for a few moments each day.

"I went on from there to talk about this is the best team that I've ever been involved with and that I believed in them and they are capable of doing a lot of successful things this year."

It was the Marlins' second team meeting this month. Manager Ozzie Guillen also held a team meeting during the club's homestand prior to its six-game road trip.

"Like I say, bad teams have meetings and good teams win games," Guillen said. "You have to have meetings when you have to have meetings. I will only have a meeting if I see someone not trying."

So do these meetings actually work?

"To me it doesn't matter," Guillen said. "Maybe for the players, yes. Why not? I look at the meeting as just to try to get them going and make sure everybody is positive and goes about their business the right way."

Loria was calm and collected during the meeting, according to Marlins players.

"It was relaxed," said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. "We understand what's going on and what we need to do. It's a lot easier said than done right now."

Loria isn't giving up on the team, despite its 33-37 record.

"I'm not angry with anybody," he said. "There are ups and downs in this business. I still have enormous faith in everybody. The talent level is enormous."

But does the team's president believe his message got through to the players?

"Most of them are pretty intelligent. We're very careful about who we bring here. I think they heard," Loria said. "It may resonate with a few guys, it may resonate with many. But eventually they'll think about it. Finally, I can't hit for them, I can't field for them and I can't pitch for them but I do my part."