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Report: Morrison files grievance against Marlins

Posted on: September 15, 2011 1:59 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2011 2:44 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

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.

• 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.

"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."

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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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:31 pm
 

Report: Morrison files grievance against Marlins

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Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:30 am
 

Report: Morrison files grievance against Marlins

It just came out that the White Sox traded Manager Ozzie Guillen to the Marlins.  And that last year they tried to get Logan Morrison in exchange for Guillen.  I don't know if I would like for Guillen to manage a team that I am a fan of but he sure is interesting for baseball.  I am looking forward to seeing what he can do with Hanley Ramirez.  IMO the Marlins are a mess!  I don't know how Guillen can make them less of a mess.  Let's see!



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 9:35 pm
 

Report: Morrison files grievance against Marlins

So let me get this straight. He gets demoted for batting .249 and tweeting, but Hanley Ramirez can bat .189, fail to hustle, and repeatedly miss team meetings and won't get demoted or get his act together? Loria needs to be kicked out of baseball already.



Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Report: Morrison files grievance against Marlins

Many people want to make the point that if a regular worker were to do the same things that Logan Morrison did he'd be fired.  That is not true!!!  Any "worker" that is one of the best in the world at his craft and is contributing significantly to the company's profits will be given a longer leash or special treatment.

There are executives that are drug addicts, adulterers, and so forth that don't get fired because they PRODUCE for the company.  A person's value in the workplace is based on the financial benefits he provides to the company.  And he will not be punished for his "mistakes" unless he becomes a financial risk.  A perfect example is Charlie Sheen.  The network tolerated so much until it became obvious that he could no longer help them make money.  Robert Downey Jr is another example.  The list goes on and on.  The examples in the private sector are difficult to reference unless they were covered by the media.




Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Report: Morrison files grievance against Marlins

Nobody cares about your inner thoughts
Apparently the Marlins brass does, and they think other people will too if they are punishing him for it.


leave the tweets to famous dudes that fans have actually heard of.
He has close to 70,000 followers, I think people know who he is.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:03 am
 

Report: Morrison files grievance against Marlins

Hey Logan; just shut up bro and play ball. Nobody cares about your inner thoughts and you sound like some idiot ballplayer that has no clue. Dude; I respect that you can play ball, but come on man, leave the tweets to famous dudes that fans have actually heard of.



Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:33 pm
 

Report: Morrison files grievance against Marlins

So put what he did into your every day job and see how long you are working.
Ok, but Logan Morrison is part of a union which has negotiated a deal with owners in which a player cannot be demoted to a minor league for off the field issues.  You can fine a player or various other things but you can't demote them. 

Morrison is basically saying that the Marlins management broke a rule they agreed to as part of the current CBA, and if the reason the Marlins demoted him was because of the off field stuff then he's right in this case.  Make sense?


the company who pays you has the right to do what they want when it does not comply to their rules.
Everyone keeps saying this, and it isn't true.  Companies can't just have any rule they want.  For example, if I started a business, I would not be able to ask people applying for a job if they were gay or not and then refuse to hire them if they told me they were gay.  Similarly, I cannot fire an employee if he tells me he is a Catholic and I don't like Catholics.

Morrison's case is obviously different but the point is companies don't get to do whatever they want, and employees have rights too, even though some people clearly think that shouldn't be the case.



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:10 pm
 

Report: Morrison files grievance against Marlins

 .252/.333/.463 with 19 homers, 67 RBI and 47 runs in 110 major-league games this season...That sounds like second best on the Marlins this year behind Stanton. But hey, the time in the minors must have been the reason for success he's having on a MINOR league team. If the Marlins were winning, would this be a problem? Ya I know, it's funny to think that the Marlins could be anything more than a cellar dwellar like the Orioles. And Josh Johnson agreed to a 4 year deal with mess of an organization? Anyone figure out yet what he was thinking? If I am Morrison I am tweeting about those HUGE crowds that show up in that caverness stadium. This is the same owner who bush-leagued the city of Montreal in dumping the Expo's on the rest of the MLB owner's when MLB took them over before moving them to Washington. So let's get this guy another team to ruin...Welcome to Florida Mr.Loria, great place to retire and destroy another team.


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