When the Florida Marlins fired hitting coach John Mallee earlier this month, several of the younger members of the team were distraught. It likely didn’t help matters much when new hitting coach Eduardo Perez spoke about the differences in philosophy between himself and the more technically focused Mallee who emphasized hitting mechanics over a mental approach to batting.
It’s all about having attitude. They have got to get their attitude back. The attitude that we saw early on in the season is what they have to bring to the table now.
Surprisingly, this is not an attempt at parodying Bobby Valentine. This a genuine response from Perez.
Marlins star outfield prospect Logan Morrison was among those most upset with Mallee’s firing and was quick to share his thoughts.
They felt Mallee had to go. I don’t feel that way. He got me to the big leagues. I was a 22nd-rounder for a reason. I made the big leagues for a reason. And he was in between that time. I don’t think when you let somebody go who’s been with us since day one, you’re going to be any more relaxed,” he said. “I think you’re going to be more pissed off than anything.
While being disappointed to see a mentor removed from your organization so unceremoniously is one thing. Morrison goes a bit further with his reading of the situation.
The front office is definitely around, but I don’t think we have to express anything or talk to them to let them know how we feel about it. I don’t think it was their choice, either. Actually, I know it wasn’t their choice. Absolutely. 100 percent. You know it was [Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria]. I’m sure he’ll tell you that, too.
Not exactly, but close enough. When asked, Loria responded:
Our hitting has been a problem for a long time. It had to be addressed.
As you might be able to guess, a meddling owner like Loria wasn’t exactly pleased over the public questioning from one of his players. According to Ken Rosenthal, Morrison was subject to a meeting with the owner and the team’s general manager Larry Beinfest.
[Loria] said he’s not mad at me. He basically said that you’re an important part of this organization and you’re going to be for a long time, and that going through what I’ve gone through, he understands why I’d be mad. I didn’t understand what one thing would have to do with another, personal life and baseball. But I kind of went along with it.
What Morrison has been “going through” is dealing with the death of his father who passed away last December. I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that bringing up another person’s family tragedy as a means of congratulating your own passionate levels of understanding isn’t the most noble of gestures.
Is it even possible for Loria to be more smarmy? Whether true or not, if you’re going to be patient with someone because you believe them to be affected by a recent death, it’s a little bit beyond gauche to bring up the recent death in some pop psychology sense as a means of informing the person that they’re not behaving properly, and you’re taking the higher ground. I don’t know why I’d ever expect anything different, but it’s reprehensible behaviour from Loria, and the irony of it all, is that it comes while he’s supposed to be discussing with Morrison his behaviour.
They talked to me about it and said I can’t call out the owner and say this is why he got fired. I really don’t understand what I did wrong. It was accurate. It wasn’t a lie. I still don’t understand it. But sometimes you do things you don’t understand. I won’t do it again, I guess.
Hmm. Mr. Loria might do well to follow Mr. Morrison’s plan of action rather than continue down the path of patronizing douche baggery, that this latest incident exemplifies.