The South Florida Sun Sentinel speculated Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez could be on the hot seat. Loria, speaking with The Miami Herald before the team’s game in Washington on Friday, tried to put a stop to that talk.
"Please, stop with that," Loria said. "Fredi and I are just fine. Fredi and the Marlins are just fine. Enough already. Please stop. I am not giving more life to what you want to be a story. Did you just see me come and hug the guy?"
But Loria also said that the team is underperforming. He added that Gonzalez addressed the team prior to the game.
"Who can be thrilled with being two games under?" Loria asked. "The team is better than that. Fredi had a long talk with them today. State of the Union message. the appropraiate city to do that in. I told him he should do that up at the Lincoln Memorial. Maybe they would be overwhelmed. They know they’re not playing up to their abilities. I have no worries whatsoever. They’re going to be fine.
"There’s a lot of room to move forward. We came out of spring training, I thought, a little flat, and we’re working our way out of that now."
The Sun-Sentinel noted that Loria nearly replaced Gonzalez following last season and that he said before the season that he expects to make the playoffs.