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Marlins option Logan Morrison to Triple-A New Orleans

Aug 13, 2011, 11:17 PM EDT

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The story is still basically developing, but we’ll bring you the early talking points.

According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, talented and outspoken left fielder Logan Morrison was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans late Saturday evening, about 30 minutes after the Marlins’ 3-0 loss to the Giants.

The Marlins cited Morrison’s recent offensive slump as the reason for his sudden demotion, and he is batting just .226 with a .291 on-base percentage since the start of July, but LoMo told reporters after getting news of the roster move that he believes he is being punished for an off-field matter.

“Right now I just feel resentment and anger,” said Morrison.

When asked if he felt his candidness on Twitter had something to do with the move, he brushed that off.

“I think it’s something else but I don’t know if I want to say it right now,” said LoMo. “I don’t want to say much right now.”

Those quotes come courtesy of the Palm Beach Post‘s Joe Capozzi. There’s sure to be more fallout Sunday.

The Marlins also released Wes Helms on Saturday. Corresponding roster additions will be forthcoming.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    As I mentioned in the Uggla post directly below, the Feesh also released Kindly Uncle Wes, which leaves them free to bring up one or two more kids from the farm and/or see what other team’s detritus is floating clear of waivers out in the big wide universe. You can never have too much .195 hitting veteran leadership on a team full of youngsters, they’ve been telling us.

  2. kiwicricket - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    Regardless of what it’s for, it’s most certainly a reminder to Morrison that he’s in the photocopying, tea-making department of the office. Do your time, stay in-line and definitely have a better resume before commenting on the teams All-Star.

    • TestSubjekt - Aug 14, 2011 at 9:43 AM

      His stats are ALREADY better than Hanley Ramirez’s stats and remember Morrison is in a slump.

      LoMo: .249 Avg .327 OBP .464 SLG .791 OPS
      HRam: .243 Avg .333 OBP .379 SLG .712 OPS

      • kiwicricket - Aug 14, 2011 at 8:11 PM

        I thought I mentioned his resume?
        Ramirez: Career .306Ave .380OBP .506SLG .886OPS/ 134HR 434RBI 216SB

  3. killabri - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    I understand that the guy is in a slump right now, but what would going down to AAA accomplish at this point? And it’s not as if the guy has been brutal for the Marlins. A .251/.328/.468 line certainly isn’t earth shattering, but it’s not bad either. Given that the Marlins are out of contention the guy needs ABs at the big league level to continue his development process. I just fail to see what he could learn at AAA that would dramatically help him become a more productive major league player next season.

    • killabri - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:45 AM

      As an addendum to my above comment… we’ll know what this is really about come September. If they want to just get him away for a couple weeks and let him work out his swing at the minor league level, then recall him once the rosters expand, then it makes his demotion a little more plausible. But, again… is 2 weeks in AAA really going to help the kid at this point?

      • Kevin S. - Aug 14, 2011 at 7:58 AM

        I wonder if they’re trying to give him the J.J. Hardy treatment. He had too much service time last year to do it all at once, but if he doesn’t come back this year, a couple more weeks would do the trick in the future.

  4. voiceofreason41 - Aug 14, 2011 at 2:51 AM

    nothing good comes of sending him down. the kid can only get better by taking his lumps at the big league level.

    • yournuts - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:03 PM

      I’m sorry voice of reason your 100% wrong. Continuing to get your lumps up here is not healthy. The team needs to find some answers with some other kids while this kid needs to continue to develop. Very few kids succeed at this level the first time. Let him work not only on his swing, but his mental approach. His mental approach is awful, he is pressing and swinging at really bad pitches.

  5. fishfan46 - Aug 14, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    Capozzi reported on his blog that there was an incident where LoMo refused to show up for a season ticket holder photo day because he was upset and felt like the Marlins did not promote a charity event that he was hosting.

  6. paperlions - Aug 14, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    Luckily, the Marlins management is run by a level-headed owner and not a petty schmuck.

  7. Old Gator - Aug 14, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    killabri: I agree completely. From a purely remedial point of view, the move is pointless if not counterproductive. On the other hand, I don’t think anyone down here in Macondo – and probably few if any north of the Customs barriers – believe that this was really designed to improve his swing. It’s clearly a punitive decision, and the Chihuahua is already pretty well known for taking ballplayers aside and warning them of being optioned down if they don’t shape up in this way or that. He’s not regarded with widespread contempt among his colleagues – or the dwindling ranks of Feesh fans – for nothing.

    All of which brings me to another problem with the Feesh. You’ve got (pick one) either a grossly underperforming bunch of guys with untapped native talent, or a team that was never as good as advertised in the first place (my own explanation for what’s gone on), or a decent team that’s been badly hamstrung with injuries (plausible). You’ve got hardly any audience on any given night. You’ve got a primping little putz of a President, an impecunious pathological liar and artsy-fart as an owner, and an at best very competent GM who built his undeserved reputation as some kind of standout genius on the shoulders of his predecessor, Dave Dombrowski, whose prior drafts and trades gave Larry Beinfest the core of his 2003 World Champions.

    As the Dombrowski era players have faded, been traded or retired, the Beinfest teams – admittedly gagged by Scrooge McLoria’s fiscal hamhandedness – have faltered year after year, finally imploding entirely this year. The team made no moves at the trade deadline when they were close to .500 and still had a statistical prayer of making a run at the wild card, preferring instead to stock the roster with sub-Mendoza veterans who were further past their primes than Buck Brown’s Granny in an attempt to catch lighting in trick bottles, or call up and send down like some sort of reciprocating engine various AAA lifers and unproven rookies. In the process, Beinfest’s reputation has proven more and more a wardrobe out of the naked emperor’s closet.

    Now you have players sniping at each other, players sniping at management, and management responding like Chinese state security with punitive measures against players. Logan Morrison’s slump came at just the right time to be a convenient cover for the Chihuahua to order Tweeter’s incarceration in Jacksonville. It’s all a smokescreen to make a front office that has built this team with smoke, mirrors, a couple of terrible contracts (Buck, especially) and enough P/R spin so that even the resident bloggers of HBT opened the season predicting that the Feesh could make a run at the wild card. Our regular correspondents here will recall that I argued against that prediction when the season opened and insisted that this team wouldn’t contend. I just didn’t expect them to be this bad – though I suspect that the injury plague has had a lot to do with that.

    Tweeter is just a scapegoat. And there’s some karmic blowback here too, I think: Scrooge McLoria really wanted this team to build some cachet going into next season at the increasingly weird looking Macondo Banana Massacre Field, a stadium built at least in part on Scrooge and the Chihuahua’s deliberate misrepresentation of the Feesh’s finances. The approval of this bizarre structure – it looks like nothing so much as one of the cyborg helmets from Transformers and is about as appropriate to Macondo as a fire ant mound – was one of the big reasons given in the exit polls by local voters who recalled the county mayor by something like an 80-20 margin a couple of months ago. And now the team is treating one of its core players like a rejected transplant organ. It all goes together, doesn’t it?

    • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2011 at 10:36 AM

      Correction: they sent him to New Orleans, not Jacksonville – which I though was what one of the local tawk raydeeo pundits said last night after the game. I think the announcer scrambled LoMo’s final destination with that of Brad Hand, who also got sent down the day before.

      Edit function!
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      EDIT FUNCTION!

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 14, 2011 at 11:52 AM

        How did you get the font slightly bigger?

      • cur68 - Aug 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM

        It’s ’cause he’s magic.

        Pure magic.

        MAGIC I TELL YOU!

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:02 PM

        Ok, I see….The bold font and the all caps give the illusion of changing font size.

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