Talented prospect Logan Morrison was making a big name for himself on his Twitter and on the field with his powerful swing. He was expected to be in the majors until the day he retired.
Suddenly last night, the Florida Marlins decided to send one of their premier prospects back into the minors with only one and a half months remaining of the MLB season. No one knows the truth why (unless you really believe the Marlins when they say it is due to his .249 batting average), but one Palm Beach Post reporter may have solved the mystery.
Based on my conversations with people, there were some events leading up to the demotion that had to do with team-related promotional functions. To be clear, the Marlins said they optioned LoMo to New Orleans because he was batting .249.
Earlier in the day, he refused to participate in a photo session with season ticket holders at Sun Life Stadium. That might sound surprising, given Logan’s outgoing personality and popularity with fans, but apparently there were some hard feelings related to earlier promotional activities.Did the Florida Marlins want to just "shut-up" Logan Morrison and send him back to the minors? Maybe the Florida Marlins took taking photos with season ticket holders as an obligation for their players since their fanbase remains one of the worst for now to until they enter their new stadium next year?
I know that this past Thursday — a Marlins off day — Logan canceled a charity bowling tournament in Miami because he said the Florida Marlins Community Foundation “dropped the ball” and didn’t sell enough lanes in advance.
Morrison was their second best power hitter according to the team stats this year, with his 17 HRs along with 60 RBIs. Even he is unaware as to the real reason why he was demoted last night, telling the media:
“Because I was hitting .240. Yeah. That’s what they said. So. I don’t know if that makes any sense to me or to you guys but all I know is I go out and I give everything for this team. I play hurt, I play through injury and this is how you get treated. It doesn’t seem very fair or right to me.”Usually a MLB team would tell he player, we're demoting you because you need to work on your fielder or confidence. Logan Morrison believes he was sent down due to those "off-the-field" issues.
Mike Stanton, never turn down taking a picture with season ticket holders this month, wait until after September call-ups. Unless they are like this fan and punch you in the back during a game.
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UPDATE: Logan Morrison pondering about a grievance against the Marlins for the demotion. (Interesting.)