It would be a lot easier to understand why Logan Morrison was demoted by the Florida Marlins if a) he currently didn’t have the second highest weighted on base average on the Major League team or b) the Florida Marlins weren’t the Florida Marlins.
Right or wrong, and social media darlings are almost always seen as right in the public eye, Logan Morrison was sent down to Triple A after Saturday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants. After an impressive start to the season, Morrison had struggled in July following the firing of John Mallee, the Marlins hitting coach and mentor figure to Morrison and several other young Marlins.
However, no one believes that the demotion has as much to do with Morrison’s on field play as much as it does his off field relationships with management. In addition to his spat over the Mallee firing, Morrison has been reprimanded for his use of Twitter, spoken negatively about Marlins’ cornerstone Hanley Ramirez, and most recently, failed to attend a meet and greet with season ticket holders after being delayed earlier in the day by a poorly run team function.
The story goes that Morrison asked the team’s union representative Wes Helms, who was also released on the same day, if he was under any obligation to go to the event. When Helms said no, Morrison apologized on Twitter and didn’t attend.
And now, Morrison will once again consult the players union, this time in a more direct way, to see if he has any grounds for filing a grievance against the organization for sending him down to Triple A New Orleans.
According to Morrison’s agent, Fred Wray:
We are going to, with absolute certainty, explore this and contact the union and make sure Logan’s rights are protected. It doesn’t seem like everything adds up here.
According to Marlins President Larry Beinfest:
I’m not going to get into any specific incidents. I’m sure Logan has his view of things and the organization has their own view of things. He just needs to concentrate on baseball and all aspects of being a major leaguer.
According to Marlins manager Jack McKeon:
If there is a message, it’s, “Don’t get comfortable.” Don’t think you have it made. You have to work at this game. Too many young guys think they have it made, are darlings of the media, run their mouth. Tend to your business, get better at your craft. The record books are full of one and two year phenoms. Don’t believe me? Look it up.
Finally, according to Morrison:
I don’t know if that makes any sense to me or you guys, but all I know is I go out and give everything for this team. I play hurt, play through injury and this is how you get treated. It doesn’t seem very fair or right to me.
It’s easy to get caught up in liking Morrison. He’s vocal, fun and full of personality in a game that far too often has its main attractions trained to spit out nothing more than cliches to its adoring public. However, no matter what problems he may have with the way things are being run, Morrison still works for an organization. And as I wrote at the beginning of this post, if that organization was any team other than the Florida Marlins, it would be far easier to side with the club on this issue. I mean, after all, Morrison publicly disparaged the team’s best player.
The problem is that the Florida Marlins are often seen as a franchise that’s more interested in turning a profit than winning games. Being owned by patronizing douche Jeffrey Loria and attempting backwater stunts like attempting to ban its players from using Twitter, certainly don’t help the organization’s reputation.
In summary, I think it’s safe to put things this way:
The Good – Logan Morrison.
The Bad – Larry Beinfest.
The Ugly – Puppet master Jeffrey Loria.
And The Rest
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