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Marlins released Mike Cameron for conduct detrimental

Sep 13, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

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The Marlins’ decision to release Mike Cameron with 2 1/2 weeks left in the season seemed awfully odd, particularly with Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison banged up.  But they obviously had their reasons.  Juan C. Rodriguez of The Sun Sentinel reports that the center fielder was let go for conduct detrimental to the team.

No word on what said conduct was.  It certainly comes as a big surprise, as the 38-year-old Cameron has never been viewed as a problem player.  Quite the opposite, in fact.

Cameron played in 45 games for the Marlins after being released by the Red Sox and hit .238/.331/.420 with six homers and 18 RBI in 143 at-bats.  It’s not a great line, but the .751 OPS is actually slightly better than what NL center fielders (.747) and left fielders (.748) are putting up as a whole this season.

With Cameron gone and Morrison and Stanton both sidelined, the Marlins are using an outfield of Greg Dobbs, Bryan Petersen and Emilio Bonifacio tonight.  It’s the fifth outfield start for Dobbs, who spent much of the first few months battling Bonifacio for playing time at third base.

  1. seimiya - Sep 13, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Spent too much time hanging out with Logan Morrison?

  2. dailyrev - Sep 13, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Punish first, get the truth later. I hope they get someone like Manny to replace him, that would kind of complete the comedy.

    • hittfamily - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:06 PM

      I’m fairly certain playing for the Marlins counts as community service, so it may work out.

  3. Old Gator - Sep 13, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    This team has made some very strange moves this season. “Conduct detrimental to the team” could even be kicking away the Chihuahua when he tried to hump Cameron’s leg.

    • addictedzone - Sep 13, 2011 at 9:36 PM

      The signing of Cameron was “conduct detrimental to the team”.

      • Old Gator - Sep 14, 2011 at 8:09 AM

        What are you talking about? Look at the VLQ. All upside.

        Like a cadaver.

  4. ditto65 - Sep 13, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    “Z” grade or not, I bet Ozzie can straighten this mess out.

    • Old Gator - Sep 13, 2011 at 9:22 PM

      Guys like Cameron may commit “conduct detrimental.” Slobbering Ozzie secretes it.

      • kiwicricket - Sep 13, 2011 at 9:49 PM

        This behavior is casting some serious doubts over the legitimacy of V.L.Q Gator….I for one am shocked!

      • Old Gator - Sep 14, 2011 at 8:13 AM

        The only thing that negatively affects VLQ is Alzheimer’s and there’s no evidence that it’s catching, not even at close quarters in a dugout.

        What’s more, this is the Feesh public relations department we’re talking about. These are the people who submitted falsified financial data to the county and city (not that that matters much in Macondo, of course). Who ya gunna believe?

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