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Marlins sending group to visit troops in Iraq

Jan 13, 2010, 8:38 PM EDT

Finally, we have figured out what the Florida Marlins are doing with all that revenue sharing money they haven’t been spending on players.

The AP reports that the team is sending several members of the team to visit U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait.

NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan, catcher John Baker, manager Fredi Gonzalez and president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest are among those scheduled to represent the Marlins, along with four members of the team’s “Mermaids” dance crew.

I think I know what the big draw will be on this trip, and it won’t be Chris Coghlan. But as much as we like to make fun, kudos to the Marlins for a nice gesture. Now, how about signing Dan Uggla and Josh Johnson?

  1. Old Gator - Jan 13, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Heh heh, I suspect they chose Coughlin and Baker because neither of them are arbitration eligible, and if either of them IED’d no one would be able to say that the Feesh sent them over there on purpose. Beinfest is probably there looking to see if Halliburton has any work for him, and Fat Freddy probably thought it would be fun.
    To be honest, I sometimes look at all the EYPs the Feesh trade their proven ballplayers for, and of the hundreds that they get, it seems like only two or three make it up every year. I always wondered what they did with the rest of them. And this Iraq trip set off a light bulb in my head – free association, and all that. They’re not really grooming these kids for the major leagues. They’re growing them for ethanol.

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