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In one day Nick Green goes from Marlins’ “veteran presence” to “severing ties”

May 1, 2013, 5:24 PM EDT

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Things can be tough for journeyman role players in the big leagues, as Nick Green of the Marlins has learned and is about to learn again.

Just yesterday ran a story with the headline: “Green more than veteran presence for Marlins.” An excerpt:

“I just want to play the game the right way–the way it’s supposed to be played,” Green said. “To bunt a guy over or do whatever it takes to get a guy in in certain situations. I feel like everybody is starting to loosen up and not put as much pressure on themselves in those situations.”

Green and Chris Valaika have split time at shortstop since Adeiny Hechavarria went on the disabled list with a bruised right elbow. Although Hechavarria could be reinstated in the next few days, chances are Green and Valaika will both remain with the big league club.

Well, a day later Adeiny Hechavarria is just about ready to come off the disabled list and now the Miami Herald has a story with the headline: “Veteran Green expected to be designated for assignment.” An excerpt:

If he clears waivers, he can either accept a reassignment to the minors with the Marlins or try to sign with another team through free agency. It sounded Wednesday like Green was leaning toward the latter.

“It’s disappointing,” Green said of potentially severing ties with the Marlins. “Everybody wants to be in the big leagues and you got to try to do the best you can when you get a chance. That’s all I could do.”

Twenty four hours can be a long time.

  1. granted42 - May 1, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Doesn’t he know, you don’t play the game the “right way” for the Marlins. It’s Loria’s way, or the highway. Go play for someone else if you want to do things right.

    • mazblast - May 1, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      He’s probably playing for the minimum and refused to take a pay cut.

    • rbj1 - May 1, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      dam you, you beat me to it. Loria wants guys who run from home to third to second to first. And he doesn’t want fielders catching the ball. Which is the first rule of baseball.

  2. cackalackyank - May 1, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    See what happens…you win three in a row and you suddenly have too much talent.

  3. Old Gator - May 1, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    I wish him well on general principle. I also wish him well on escaping from a sinking ship in frigid waters with a giant squid wrapped around it, circling sharks in the water and Godzilla getting pissed off below from all the racket.

    • cptnew1 - May 2, 2013 at 2:35 AM

      He would still escape, so here’s hoping he would surface somewhere off the coast of Brobdingnag , where he is met by a giant Chuck Norris…we can only dream

  4. baseballisboring - May 1, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    You always love stories about guys playing the game the right way. As I fan, I HATE watching those players that run up the 3rd base line after they hit the ball, etc.

    • shaggylocks - May 1, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      We gotta play it one day at a time. Anything I can do to help the club.

  5. rcali - May 1, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Man did that owner get over on that town.

    • Old Gator - May 1, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      You don’t understand Macondo. Scrooge McLoria isn’t really that bright. It’s just that our politicians really are that corrupt and gullible. What happened was, the town got under on Scrooge and the Chihuahua.

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