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Marlins demote former Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan to Triple-A again

Jun 14, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

Chris Coghlan AP

Chris Coghlan was demoted to Triple-A in late April after hitting .121 as a part-time player for the Marlins, got recalled three weeks later when they sent down Gaby Sanchez, and is now headed back to the minors after going 9-for-59 (.153) in 20 games since returning.

This is the fourth time the Marlins have optioned the former Rookie of the Year winner to Triple-A since the beginning of last season and it’s not as if Coghlan is getting a raw deal, as he’s hit .207 with a ghastly .595 OPS in 104 games as a big leaguer during that span.

His numbers in the minors haven’t been much better and despite being just 27 years old he appears to have fallen completely out of the Marlins’ plans. Quite a rapid decline for a guy who hit .321 in 2009 on the way to being named the NL’s top rookie ahead of, among others, Tommy Hanson and Andrew McCutchen.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Next stop, DFA.

    • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      Ackcherley, he already has a ticket. It just hasn’t been punched yet.

  2. Old Gator - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Cooter couldn’t buy a hit with an American Express Platinum card in Mitt Romney’s name this season. He was one of a tetralogy of hitters with whose appearance in the on deck circle you learned to cringe, along with the emeritus Donnie Murphy (live long and prosper), Black Hole Buck and, inexplicably, Gaby Sanchez. For most of the season, Tweeter was the fifth wheel rim, though he has been showing some signs of life thanks to the Iron Giant’s inadvertent protection in the lineup. Cooter obviously won’t be in the organization much longer. I’m sure he’ll make a fine minister somewhere, though – maybe Marilynne Robinson will follow him from divinity school to some small local church in the midwest and make him the subject of the third installment of the Gilead saga. At least he’ll register in more elegant prose than he will in the Feesh yearbook.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      Tell us what you really think. I get the impression that you think that his future does not include baseball.

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        He said somewhere, sometime, somehow that he had seriously considered the ministry – which particular cult, I can’t recall – if he didn’t get into baseball. Isn’t that a lot like Haiti where everyone is nominally Christian but actually Vodoun? The Lord matters most, but the Gods of Baseball come first.

  3. jwbiii - Jun 14, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    This is how it goes with Rookies of the Year. 1/3 are great, 1/3 are good, and 1/3 aren’t. An AL run in the late ’90s gave us Derek Jeter, Nomar Garciaparra, and Ben Grieve in consecutive years.

    Donnie Murphy outrighted, too.

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