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

Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla had his hitting streak put to an end yesterday after 33 straight games with at least a single. Sadly for Uggla, this play happened to him.

But April 1st is more than seven months away. I don’t understand.

Carlos Zambrano has been placed on the Disqualified List by the Chicago Cubs.

Turn Two takes a look at Cy Young candidates through their game scores.

First baseman Lyle Overbay, after being released by the Pittsburgh Pirates, was picked up by a first place team.

Philadelphia Phillies starter Cole Hamels could use a rest for his arm.

If you’re a Mets fan, Nick Cannon would like to hug you.

Remember America’s Team?

Newsflash: Aramis Ramirez wouldn’t trade his career for Todd Hollandsworth’s.

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus is a pretty good dresser.

In an obviously well researched and in depth article, Kevin Baxter ranks the fanbases of baseball teams. Commence. Outrage. Now.

Master of the Annotated Box Score, Sam Miller talks with FanGraphs Carson Cistulli about stuff.

Congratulations to the Langley All-Stars who will represent Canada at the Little League World Series.

Which reminds me, this is how one intentionally walks a batter in Little League these days:

Comments (15)

  1. Yeah, I know Jose isn’t stealing signs, but I can’t speak for his shady twin brother, Juan Bautista. You just never know what that guy’s up to.

  2. Sounds like AA’s “Youth with Attitude Program” has a new candidate. I don’t suppose LoMo could convert to second base…

  3. I’m sure the story is a reach, but Downs going to “he worked real hard” is not the line you ever want somebody using to defend you. What did that get used during the steroid era…daily?

  4. “He [Overbay] was apparently washing his car when he got the call from the Diamondbacks.”

    That almost seems too in character, Lyle

  5. I hope the Alex Anthopoulos Toronto Blue Jays acquire LoMo and John Mallee.

  6. Actually, Anthopoulos has already acquired John Mallee. Jays picked him up less than a month after he got bumped. I believe he’s a roving hitting instructor.

  7. @blueball: Well 2B would obviously be a stretch for LoMo, but DH/1B wouldn’t be. Perhaps Saint Anthopoulos’ School for Wicked Boys (hat-tip Drew Fairservice) has it’s next student under the age of 25 lined up. As Dustin says, his mentor is already here. Hmm…

  8. @Tom Jackson: Yeah, I knew 2B would be asking a lot, but it would be sweet. Talk about a match made in baseball heaven.

  9. I don’t know what the problem is with the Marlins. It is not like LoMo said his GM dressed like a pimp or anything.

  10. @blueball: Nothing to stop AA from trading Lind for a quality 2B, and then installing LoMo at 1B (his natural position) though. That could shore up 1B and 2B just like that. Make it happen AA. What the [Getting Blanked] am I doing trying to out-ninja the ninja for though? It would be really cool if I could predict what he was going to do next for once. Sadly I don’t think that’s possible for us mere mortals. ;)

  11. @Tom Jackson: I’d never try to guess what the ninja would do (futile), but what second basemen are even available for a “reasonable” price? They would have to give up something for LoMo – Lind maybe? Sinder? …Someone who could fill LoMo’s place and conceivably do a better job or fill one of the other gaping holes the Marlins have. (Just for the record, I’m not comfortable giving up Lind.) And they would still need to deal away more for 2B. Hill, though sometimes painful to watch, isn’t always horrible. If over the winter he can figure out that he isn’t a power hitter, at 8M(?) he’d be a bargain. I can’t see the Jays saying no to that price tag unless someone really juicy came along.

  12. Hill is not a bargain unless he signs for Johnny Mac money. While $8M won’t break the bank, it is stupid, thrown away money. First his batting average disappeared. He never really had on base skills, and then this year he can only hit weak popups and warning track shots…i.e….zero power. It’s not looking good right now. AA definitely has to refuse both options, not offer arbitration, and then try to get him at a reasonable price during the exclusive negotiation window. Hill will probably be pissed and struck out to find the money he “deserves” on the free market. Surely, he realizes the most he’s going to get is reserve middle infielder money because that’s about how he’s playing. Maybe I’m giving his self awareness too much credit though. Maybe he thinks he’s still worth the 2 year $16M worth of options left on his deal ($8M and $8M), but nobody else does.

  13. @Tom Jackson: Hill never was a power hitter – forget 2009, that was the work of aliens (or men in white… haha). He used to be all about the dbls and triples and that’s what he needs to get back to. How he does that, heck if I know. If he can figure that out and gain some confidence back, I have a feeling his fielding will also improve. Again, who is a better option that won’t cost even more than 8/16M? Unless they can pull another Rasmus-type deal (which would have made a LoMo conversion sweet and oh so ninja-like) I think they’re going to stick with what they have. Is there anyone in the minors who deserves a call-up? Maybe that would put Hill in the cold.

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