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Miguel Olivo placed on restricted list after walking out on Marlins

Jun 15, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT

Miguel Olivo AP AP

Frustrated by a lack of playing time and multiple efforts to be released from his contract, Miguel Olivo walked out on the Marlins during last night’s game against the Cardinals. As a result, he was placed on the restricted list today without pay.

Olivo opened the season as a backup to Rob Brantly, but he has functioned as a third catcher and bench bat since Jeff Mathis returned from a broken collarbone last month. The 34-year-old backstop has only made one start since May 12 and has logged just 18 plate appearances during the very same timespan.

According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Olivo met with Marlins manager Mike Redmond in the clubhouse during batting practice yesterday before going back out on the field and taking some swings. However, he was spotted in street clothes in the clubhouse just prior to the game and refused to stick around to talk to a member of the front office.

“I’ve never been involved in something like that, to have somebody just leave after batting practice. I think everyone was kind of in shock,’’ Redmond said.

“I know it wasn’t an ideal situation for him not getting to play a lot, but at the same time, too, the team relies on you and we all rely on you. Had that happened after the game it probably would have been a different situation.

“But when you do it before the game and put your team in a tough spot, that’s tough. It really tough on your teammates and your coaches.

“You’d have to ask him really why he chose that time to do it.’’

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald was able to catch up with Olivo, who said that he doesn’t understand “why they keep me doing nothing” and that he’s “just praying to God they release me.”

It’s hard to see why the Marlins would go through all this trouble to keep a .241/.275/.417 career hitter around. It sure sounds like a waste of a roster spot. Hopefully they aren’t just being petty here, though I’m not sure they deserve much benefit of the doubt. While walking out on his team might not create the most favorable impression for a future employer, it’s fair to say that Olivo has played his final game with the Marlins.

  1. derklempner - Jun 15, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Dear Miguel,

    Has Ian Stewart taught you nothing?

    People With Common Sense

  2. personalspaceinvader - Jun 15, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Is Miami a bad situation for a baseball player? Yes.

    Should you walk out on the team YOU chose to sign with? Nope.

  3. rmcd13 - Jun 15, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    The Marlins continue in their quest to screw over everyone in South Florida.

  4. flamethrower101 - Jun 15, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Only reason why he’s on the restricted list is because by releasing him, the Marlins would have to pay him his entire salary and clearly they’re not interested in doing that. Amazing how the players’ union has not acted on its threat to investigate the Marlins if they did not bring up their payroll.

  5. crnvic847 - Jun 15, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Loria. That is all.

  6. tfbuckfutter - Jun 15, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    If you can’t get playing time on the Marlins, you ought to walk out on your career.

    On the other hand, shut the hell up and collect your paycheck to basically enjoy front row season tickets to an MLB team. You’re getting PAID to watch baseball!

    On the other other hand….it’s the Marlins he’s got to watch. So I see his point.

    • vapor54 - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:23 AM

      II’d take a check to watch any team. it pays better than most jobs. 😉

  7. greymares - Jun 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    think about it. ” holy shit i’m the third string catcher on this team” I better go find a job.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 15, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      He’s going to work at his father-in-law’s cracker factory.

  8. missingdiz - Jun 15, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    He’s 34, old for a catcher. He never was all that good. And even if all he was making was the “minimum wage,” he just walked out on $490,000. Sometimes too much pride is just plain stupid.

  9. brewcrewfan54 - Jun 15, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    I like drinking beer.

  10. Old Gator - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    I recall scratching my head when they signed him in the first place – but this was just plain stupid. Still, they need that roster spot to bring another minimum wage larva up from kindergarden. They’ll let him dangle for a while – that’s the Chihuahua’s way – and then jettison him. If I recall, he had been released by the last team he played for too when the Feesh added him to their scrapheap.’Good luck finding another MLB team to play for after this.

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