Hall of Famer Tony Perez said Saturday that he and fellow Hall of Famer Andre Dawson have ended their association with the Miami Marlins following an employment soap opera that ended with an offer of an approximate 75 percent pay cut, from about $100,000 to $25,000, and a similar diminishing of duties.
“They say they wanted us in the organization. But we didn’t like the way they wanted us in the organization,” Perez told FanRag Sports in a phone interview about himself and Dawson.
Perez has been in the organization a quarter century and the Miami product Dawson close to that as well, but their employment plight began with a call from president David Samson that they were being let go. That call was followed by several twists and turns and ended with an offer for a relative pittance and word that they were to spend their time with minor leaguers, not the major leaguers they felt they had established rapports with.
The exits of the two Hall of Famers means all four that new Marlins CEO Derek Jeter seemed to let go but later changed his mind about are now gone for good. Mr. Marlin Jeff Conine, a key man on the Marlins’ two World Series teams, turned down a greatly diminished offer of his own, as he first told the Miami Herald, and winning 2003 World Series manager Jack McKeon was let go, as FanRag first reported. The four men offered guidance to the major league players when sought, and were advisers to the previous owner, Jeffrey Loria.
Dawson, Perez leave Marlins after being offered 75 percent pay cut
Fanrag Sports | Oct 28