Just over a month ago, young Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison was unexpectedly demoted to the minors. He reportedly considered filing a grievance against the Marlins in light of this, because he seemed to feel said demotion wasn't entirely related to his on-field performance. See, Morrison is a prolific Twitter personality and the Marlins have made comments about him needing to concentrate "on the field." He even has a website where he sells T-shirts of his Twitter avatar and boasts that he's known for his great play and for being a "Twittaholic."
Morrison did, in fact, file a grievance on August 25, according to Amy K. Nelson of ESPN.com. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports Morrison wants major-league pay for those 10 days he spent in the minors, instead of minor-league pay and that the grievance was for "improper assignment."
The Marlins cited Morrison's low batting average as a reason for the demotion in addition to him needing to learn more about being a major-league baseball player. Morrison believes he is being mistreated for a laundry list of off-field issues.
Such as (via Nelson at ESPN.com):
• Morrison publicly criticized San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean after Sabean blasted Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins following a violent home-plate collision that ended catcher Buster Posey's season."I'm doing it just not for myself but for other players," Morrison said (ESPN.com). "I didn't want to file a grievance, but it happened. I want to put it in the past and move on. But you've got to take a stand somewhere and based on the guidance of my agent and the players' association, I filed this grievance. Now I just want to move on and play baseball."
• Team president David Samson asked Morrison to tone down the nature of his tweets, some of which were considered to be lewd.
• After Marlins hitting coach John Mallee was fired in early June, Morrison all but blamed the firing on team owner Jeffrey Loria.
• The Palm Beach Post reported that Morrison had confronted teammate Hanley Ramirez behind closed doors about his late arrivals.
• An Aug. 13 meet-and greet with season-ticket holders, which Morrison skipped after union rep Wes Helms told Morrison he could. After the game that night, Helms was released and Morrison demoted.
Of course, Scott Miller noted last month that Morrison's antics have worn a bit thin with more than just the front office. And it's interesting that Morrison just wants to move on and play baseball, yet continues to do things off the field to upset the organization that pays him to play a sport for a pretty damn good living. Just to use the tweet thing as an example, if CBSSports.com told me to "tone down" my tweets, I wouldn't tone them down ... I'd stop tweeting to make sure I didn't get myself canned.
Morrison, 24, is hitting .252/.333/.463 with 19 homers, 67 RBI and 47 runs in 110 major-league games this season.
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