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Marlins prez Larry Beinfest speaks up on LoMo demotion

Aug 14, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

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The Marlins demoted 23-year-old outfielder and outspoken tweeter Logan Morrison to Triple-A New Orleans on Saturday night, pointing to his recent offensive struggles as the reason for the move.

Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post later deduced that a series off-field issues also played a factor.

Morrison, a fan-favorite of a rare degree, had a mixup last week with the Florida Marlins Community Foundation involving the cancellation of a charity bowling event. The foundation didn’t buy enough bowling lanes at a local alley in advance, and LoMo was upset about having to disappoint excited fans.

Aiming to make a statement, Morrison then refused to show his face at a photo session with season ticket holders Saturday evening at Sun Life Stadium. The Marlins optioned him to the minors late Saturday night.

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Morrison told reporters he felt “freaking heart broken and disappointed” at hearing that he’d been sent down, and that he was just trying to stand up for “what’s right” with his protest of the photo opp.

Marlins president Larry Beinfest offered a sort of response Sunday afternoon to Capozzi, who shared the gist of the quotes in a block of tweets:

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Morrison has posted an ugly .200 batting average and .283 on-base percentage since the All-Star break. But he was beginning to show signs of life, flashing a .250/.341/.444 triple slash line across 41 plate appearances in the month of August. If the demotion was all about performance, the timing can be called odd.

This was about quieting the kid who has taken subtle jabs at teammates, and who fumed publicly at the firing of hitting coach John Mallee. Morrison has a likable personality. He’s given away hundreds of tickets through his Twitter account, and earned fans around the country — not just in south Florida. But he’s also a bit brash for a 23-year-old sophomore, and it sounds as though his outspokenness nicked an ego or two in Marlins’ front office. So Beinfest and Co. used his recent offensive slump as an excuse to send a message.

There’s no telling where this saga goes next. If Morrison isn’t the backing down type, it could get ugly.

He has the perfect venue, with nearly 60,000 Twitter followers, to make his thoughts known while experiencing the lesser quality of life on the Triple-A level. We’ll certainly be paying attention.

UPDATE, 5:01 PM: Morrison is considering filing a grievance against the Marlins.

  1. macjacmccoy - Aug 14, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    it makes no sense to send LoMo down now. He just started to play alot better. If they were sending him down for performance they would have done it a week and half ago not now. I dont want to hear its all about performance bc if it was Gaby Sanchez would be the one getting sent down not Lomo. Hes been horrible the last few weeks and has been out played by Morrison as of late.

  2. phillyphever - Aug 14, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    This is why the Marlins will never be considers threats in the NL East: management and ownership just doesn’t get it. Only thing they’ll contend for is last place in the NL East.

    • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2011 at 3:56 PM

      And in MLB attendance. In the race for this particular basement, Scrooge McLoria, the Chihuahua and Larry Beinfest are the equivalent of Halladay, Lee and Oswalt.

    • jamie54 - Aug 14, 2011 at 8:59 PM

      I doubt that theory, two rings already in what, less than 20 years, stupid statement. That plus they have a lot of talent so they won’t be last much.

      • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2011 at 9:38 PM

        That was then, under or benefiting by having been under different regimes. In 1997 the team was owned by Wayne Huizinga, and in 2003 Scrooge McLoria has just taken over the team and inherited a terrific farm system stocked by Dave Dombrowski. Larry Beinfest proved adept at supplementing this Dombrowski talent stockpile with a few missing pieces and you got the surprise 2003 championship team. But he hasn’t been nearly was astute as Dombrowski was in restocking the team, and he’s been hamstrung by Scrooge McLoria’s tightwad payroll policies. Forget the two rings. That isn’t going to happen again under this regime – not unless they have a massive change of outlook. But I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that.

  3. sknut - Aug 14, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Why couldn’t this be handled behind the scenes, with just talking to him. Now they look like fools and have no ground to stand on to demote him.

  4. joecool16280 - Aug 14, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Twitter is just stupid.

  5. halladaysbiceps - Aug 14, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Drew,

    This is your multiple post about his demotion. We get it. Nothing else to write about?

  6. rcali - Aug 14, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Unless leading the league in twitter posts counts, you better remember your place.

  7. phatnate - Aug 14, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    In the last year Hanley Ranirez has gotten Fredi Gonzalez and hitting coach John Mallee fired and Logan Morrison demoted. Does Hanley have some secret photos of Marlins president Larry Beinfest?

    • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2011 at 6:20 PM

      Sorry, that’s ridiculous. Fredi got fired because he didn’t win – and because in tactical terms he happens to be a lousy manager. John Mallee got fired because the team as a group wasn’t hitting and the front orifice needed a scapegoat. Hanley isn’t Reggie Jackson and Fredi wasn’t Billy Martin. You need to follow Feesh internal politics more closely and get a broader view of the dysfunctional corporate/team culture here in Macondo before looking for easy (and inaccurate) explanations for why things keep going wrong here.

      To paraphrase Woodrow Wilson’s famous comment to H. L. Mencken about the difference between Washington and Princeton, the reason that the backbiting and scapegoating on the Feesh can get so vicious is that the stakes are so small.

      • jamie54 - Aug 14, 2011 at 9:02 PM

        Said it before and I’ll state it again, they have two rings already plus a ton of young talent so you can’t say ‘things keep going wrong here.’ Uh, no, two years they got it right so I wouldn’t say things keep going wrong. Does not mean what they did was right and this year they’ve surely taken a step back but two rings? Come on already, please.

      • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2011 at 9:41 PM

        Said it above in response to your last myopic post and I’ll repeat it here: two rings under totally different circumstances. Success isn’t like a chronic infection that follows you wherever you go. You can keep repeating “two rings” like some mindless mantra but it still won’t apply to the current situation. Or haven’t you noticed that the last ring was eight freaking years ago???

  8. stoutfiles - Aug 15, 2011 at 8:30 AM

    The guy hit .240, aggravated the star shortstop, and declared himself the team representative on Twitter. I think a few years in AAA will do him some good.

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