This is the face of an 81-year-old man who Cleveland Indian fans have come to loathe. Since taking control of the team in 2000, the Indians have gone to the playoffs twice (2001 and 2007) and have a 929-976 record (.488 winning percentage), so it has not been all bad in a little over a decade.
The issue fans seem to have is the payroll.
2012: $ 78,430,300 (21st in MLB)
2011: $ 49,190,566 (26th in MLB)
2010: $ 61,203,966 (24th in MLB)
2009: $ 81,579,166 (15th in MLB)
2008: $ 78,970,066 (16th in MLB)
2007: $ 61,673,267 (23rd in MLB)
2006: $ 56,031,500 (25th in MLB)
2005: $ 41,502,500 (26th in MLB)
2004: $ 34,319,300 (27th in MLB)
2003: $ 48,584,834 (26th in MLB)
2002: $ 78,909,449 (9th in MLB)
2001: $ 92,660,001 (5th in MLB)
The salaries were high in 2001 and 2002 because of the contracts that were signed by previous ownership. Since those contracts have come off of the books, the Indians payroll has sunk to the bottom half of the league, averaging about 23rd in MLB in spending out of 30 teams. 2007 was outside of the norm and the success led to a bump in payroll, to the middle tiers in 2008 and 2009. They have sunk right back to the bottom since then, though.
Larry Dolan is to blame because the high payrolls of the Jacobs family were what kept the Indians talented, which sold out Jacobs Field. The Indians finished first or second in the AL Central from 1994 until 2001, appearing in two World Series.
Larry Dolan was said to be worth $3.3 billion in 2009. Someone with that kind of money should be investing in some talent, right? Someone with that kind of money who really wants to win shouldn't be concerned about attendance and revenue being the only way for the Cleveland Indians to make enough money to field a winning team, right?
With the drop in payroll, there has been a drop in relevance. Who better to blame than the man who signs the paychecks, while pricing the Tribe out of contention?