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Logan Morrison files a grievance against the Marlins

Sep 15, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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We knew this was coming because there had been rumbles about it back when Logan Morrison was sent down to AAA back on August 13th, but now it’s official: Morrison has filed a grievance against the Marlins. The basis, as reported by Amy K. Nelson of ESPN: that the demotion was a form of discipline without just cause, not a demotion for baseball purposes.

Which it probably was. Morrison was second on the team in OPS when he was demoted. But he had skipped a function with season ticket holders and his outspoken nature — particularly on his Twitter feed — was making the Marlins uncomfortable.  Nelson details the many minor incidents that have involved Morrison this year.  That it was a behavior thing was all but admitted by the Marlins when team president Larry Beinfest told reporters that Morrison needed to learn more about “being a major leaguer.”

Ultimately these grievances don’t amount to much.  Morrison could get the difference between his big league pay and minor league pay for the time he was at AAA.  I suppose the Marlins would be on some sort of double secret probation. It’s probably far more significant from a team/player relationship point of view.  And that didn’t seem too hot to begin with.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 15, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Apropos the post about Slobbering Ozzie that precedes this one, the Feesh front orifice is more than sufficiently anal to think that trading Tweeter for Ozzie would make some kind of functional sense this orfseason. It won’t, of course – but I also suspect that at this point Tweeter would be perfectly happy to be playing for somebody else himself.

    • seanmk - Sep 15, 2011 at 2:43 PM

      i was thinking the same thing, LoMo for Ozzie

      • Old Gator - Sep 15, 2011 at 2:44 PM

        That’s because you have a warped mind.

      • seanmk - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:27 PM

        not saying they should do it just that it will be thrown out there as a rumor.

    • halladaysbiceps - Sep 15, 2011 at 2:45 PM

      Old Gator,

      I have seen in several of your posts talking about Ozzie Guillen. What makes you think that he is coming to the Marlins or that they even have interest?

      • Craig Calcaterra - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:06 PM

        There have been numerous reports over the years of Jeffrey Loria wanting Guillen to manage and of Ozzie saying that one day he’d like to manage the Marlins (he always says it would be if he couldn’t manage the White Sox).

        Last year there was a report that the White Sox and Marlins were going to make a trade: a Marlins player for the White Sox letting Guillen out of his contract. It obviously fell through, though there are different reports of how close it really was.

        Finally, Ozzie makes his home in Miami.

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:10 PM

        Craig, I never new any of that. Wow! Seriously, I thought the Marlins were a better organization than that, which their successful farm system, to want a clown like Guillen to come in and manage there. They already have two head cases in Hanley Ramirez and Logan Morrison. Why would they want a 3rd nutcase?

        God, I don’t want this guy in the NL East.

      • Steve A - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:22 PM

        Craig, wasn’t that Marlins player Morrison? I thought that it was going to happen, but Kenny Williams backed out at the last minute.

      • Kevin S. - Sep 15, 2011 at 5:08 PM

        Actually, if I’m not mistaken it was Mike Stanton.

        OG will now light himself on fire/

    • nategearhart - Sep 15, 2011 at 2:46 PM

      If Ozzie ends up managing the Miami Marlins, you could always orchestrate an “accident” on a corgi hunting trip. If you bagged a corgi as well, so much the better.

    • Alex K - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:01 PM

      I would be perfectly happy to see him playing first base for the Cubs next year.

  2. nategearhart - Sep 15, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Is LoMo high-fiving Jesus in that pic?
    Oh wait, he’s on Twitter. I’ll just go ask him.

  3. rmalmstrom - Sep 15, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    How about the Braves send a crappy reliever to FL for LoMo?

    • bobulated - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:05 PM

      Don’t forget the utility player throw in; maybe send Prado down with said reliever and put LoMo in LF. And before the Braves fans start howling, Prado’s bat doesn’t play at 3B long term or even LF for that matter.

  4. paperlions - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    I assume the grievance is essentially a trade request.

    • Alex K - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:36 PM

      To the Cubs! I said this when he was first sent down, and I saw someone ask about it in the Keith Law chat today. It makes a ton of sense. The Cubs could use a good young 1B (like many other teams).

  5. Ben - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    I can imagine Alex Anthopoulos seeing a bright light illuminating the cloudy night sky–“Quick, there’s a malcontent potential superstar somewhere out there and we’ve got to rescue him!”

    • cur68 - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:36 PM

      And that malcontent is named “Prince Fielder”. Anthopoulos chases talented baseball malcontents, not talented with Twitter malcontents.

      • Alex K - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:37 PM

        LoMo is pretty good at baseball, too. But by all means BeaverLand – get Prince!

      • cur68 - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM

        Thank you. Your support is duly noted and your name will be considered for the ‘protected’ lists when we come to rule the world. You’ll definitely be in the conversation.

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