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Morrison, Marlins angered by Mallee firing

Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:16 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 5:47 pm

By Evan Brunell

Logan Morrison is upset about the firing of hitting coach John Mallee (pictured), saying that the decision came from owner Jeffrey Loria and Loria alone, the Miami Herald reports. Former major-leaguer Eduardo Perez, who has been working as a TV analyst and is the son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez, was named hitting coach, but Morrison says some of the other Marlins are also upset that Mallee was fired.

"They felt Mallee had to go," Morrison said. "I don't feel that way. He's there from day one. He got me to the big leagues. I was a 22nd rounder for a reason. I made the big leagues for a reason. And he was in between that time."

Morrison says the players don't need to talk to the front office to convey their disappointment because it should be abundantly clear. He intimated that the front office might not be happy either.

"I don't think it was their choice, either," he said. "Actually, I know it wasn't their choice."

The case against Mallee appears to be that the Marlins had lost seven in a row. Loria has a reputation for sticking his nose into everything and having a knee-jerk attitude, so it's no surprise that he's the engineer of this move. The Marlins were struggling to score runs, ranking 10th in the National League, but they did have an OPS of .708, slightly over the league average. During the seven-game losing streak, the team has hit .175 with runners in scoring position, which president Larry Beinfest said was the biggest issue with the team and hoped the change would help. How Perez is supposed to magically make hitters perform with RISP is unclear.

Many of the young Marlins players had Mallee as their minor-league hitting coach, including Morrison, Chris Coghlan, Gaby Sanchez and Mike Stanton.

"[Mallee's] crushed, for sure," said Morrison, adding that he spoke to Mallee on the phone. "But he wants us to succeed, wants us to do the best we can still. Just because he's gone doesn't mean it's going to change. I'm still going to be talking to him, that's for sure."

Morrison also warned that the team is unlikely to relax now that the move has been made and a new voice is in the fold.

"I don't think when you let somebody go who's been with us since Day 1 you're going to be any more relaxed," he said. "I think you're going to be more [upset] than anything."

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Posted on: December 5, 2011 5:31 pm

Morrison, Marlins angered by Mallee firing

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Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 10:37 pm

Morrison, Marlins angered by Mallee firing

Loria is a no good con-artist who is a cancer to baseball.  He's a thief art dealer who only cares about making money.  He ruined any chance the Expos had at a rebound after the 1994 strike because he ripped off Montreal.  Loria bought into the Expos for $12 million with a 24% stake making him a minority owner.  He became a general partner after MLB put some heat on the other owners and because he had the largest stake.  The rest of the investors had an agreement that any further capital investments would be deferred for a few years after the sale in 1999.  Loria immediately demanded a capital call and the owners tried to buy him out.  Loria raised $18 million of capital which enacted a clause in the partnership contract granting him an extra 70% stake in the team giving him 94% ownership and he got all this for $30 million dollars.  Then in 2002 MLB played 3 card monte with the Expos, Marlins, and Red Sox.  Loria got $120 million from for the Expos plus a $38.5 million interest free loan from MLB to buy the Marlins from John Henry who bought control of the Red Sox.  So Loria made $90 million flipping the Expos that he conned out the Canadian investment group and he got an interest free loan.  He then stole all of the Expos equipment and moved the entire front office and coaching staff to Florida except for Felipe Alou, who turned down a lucrative offre to coach the Dodgers to stay with the organization he's been with for 27 years.  Loria soon fired him for his buddy Jeff Torborg.  He claims the Marlins don't make money due to poor attendence and a bad stadium.  The Marlins make money, it's just not enough for greedy scumbag Loria.  He got caught pocketing revenue sharing money and Selig made it mysteriously disappear so Dade county tax payers could foot the bill for the new stadium in Miami.  Don't expect the Marlins to keep any of it's players long term when they get the new stadium.  Josh Johnson's and Hanley's deals are no blockbusters and they cover mostly arbitration years.  Hanley is the only Marlin who makes more than $10 mil($11 mil).  The only other Marlins players with multi year contracts are Nolasco, Buck, and Choate (2 year contract- only $2.5 mil total).   Josh Johnson doesn't make double figures until 2012 and Nolasco doesn't break double digits until the last year of his deal in 2013($11.5 million).  Nolasco, Buck, and Johnson come off the books after 2013, leaving Hanley by himself in his last year in 2014.  I bet Loria has his fire sale in 2013 and Hanley may stick around as the token star and trade bait for the 2014 trade deadline. 

I would be pissed too if my prick owner fired my perfectly good and successful hitting coach for no reason other than to deflect heat away from how bad of an owner he is.  Eduardo Perez is the next in line of inexperienced and unqualified marlins coaches.  Thanks for ruining basebal even more Jeffrey Loria.  Please get caught being a crook or have a devastating stroke so you become paralyzed and can't enjoy all the money you stole.  Same to you Bud Selig for being an accomplice to this and the Frank McCourt disaster in LA and approving the sale of the Astros to Jim Crane with $220 mil being leveraged so the Dodgers financial mess can repeat itself all over again.

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Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 10:32 pm

Morrison, Marlins angered by Mallee firing

Morrison still likes to talk, I see.  (See: Cousins/Posey affair)
Seriously, my team, the Phillies, fired their hitting coach in mid-season last year in a somewhat similar situation.  I was all for it, and at the time it seemed to help, but a year later I'm not so sure.  Of course, every team's situation is different, so maybe it will work out for you guys.  You certainly have a number of good hitters. 

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 10:14 pm

Morrison, Marlins angered by Mallee firing

Yea, it's the old can't really fire your players...someone needs to take the blame so it's someone in the coaching staff...You would think there is more behind it though.

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2011 10:09 pm

Morrison, Marlins angered by Mallee firing

This owner may have won a world seris but he must also know that his team is going to have times like there are in. So this could make his players revolt and perform worst than they are know. I think Loria needs to keep his nose out of his team. He does not have the money like the yankees and every time an owner in Baseball sticks his nose where it does not belong things get worst.  So I see this biting him in the butt So go brewers

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:16 pm

Morrison, Marlins angered by Mallee firing

I would trade that brat Morrison. Stop complaining and man up. You get to play a game for a living, I don't want to hear you open your mouth and complain. MAN UP!!!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:03 pm

Morrison, Marlins angered by Mallee firing

Just don't lose 7 in a row & the coaches jobs will remain secure.When you lose 7 strait, you have no say whatsoever who coaches & who doesn't.

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