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."For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.