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Marlins unretire No. 5 for Logan Morrison

Posted on: February 11, 2012 4:20 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2012 8:08 pm
 
Logan MorrisonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Did you know the Marlins retired the No. 5? Me either.

Well, it's been unretired, MLB.com reports. Originally set aside to honor Carl Barger, the team's first president and chief operating officer, the team has allowed outfielder Logan Morrison to don the number.

Barger died on Dec. 9, 1992, before the Marlins ever played a game. The Marlins retired the number because his favorite player was Joe DiMaggio.

Morrison, though, is doing it to honor a different No. 5, his dad's favorite player, George Brett. (I won't say what it means about me that Logan Morrison's dad and I have the same all-time favorite player.) Morrison was born in Kansas City and on Twitter, he said his father always told him to play the game like Brett. Morrison's father, Tom, died after Morrison's rookie year in 2010.

So, here's what Morrison, who had previously worn No. 20, had to say about the number change on his Twitter account:


Morrison also shared a picture of what his new jersey will look like.

The team will add a plaque in its new Miami ballpark to honor Barger.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted that the door to Morrison changing numbers may have been pushed open when the team offered to unretire No. 5 to woo a certain free agent first baseman who, like Brett, had worn the number for many years in the state of Missouri.

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Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:55 pm
 

Marlins unretire No. 5 for Logan Morrison

How can you unretire a number ? Just plan stupid. As it is to have 42 retired by every mlb team .. And just as stupid the Nhl has 99 retired



Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:17 pm
 

Marlins unretire No. 5 for Logan Morrison

People, you act like this is a crime. The number 5 was retired in honer of a former Marlins president that was a big fan of Dimaggio. Dimaggio's number is retired by the team that he played for. Barger should be honered with a statue or something meaningful in the stadium in that aspect. Make it relative to what he did. I found it strange that the Marlins had a retired number in the first place. If a player in that organization did something so deserving to see that number hanging from the rafters it woul;d be understandable, but why be upset that a guy wants to wear a number that has had nothing significantly baseball related tied to it. I hope Morrisan puts the number back on the map and its good to see the numbver 5 right where it belongs, on the field. They built that travesty out in left field for home runs, now go build a statue like every other team would to honer one of the founders.



Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:05 am
 

Marlins unretire No. 5 for Logan Morrison

What a JACKOFF had them unretire a # for him #selfcentered


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Since: Feb 13, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:23 am
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Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2012 11:22 pm
 

Marlins unretire No. 5 for Logan Morrison

I don't get why anyone is trying to bash Logan Morrison over this issue.  If the Marlins were willing to unretire the number to help sign Albert Pujols, can you really blame LoMo for asking for the number himself?    

In reality, the only ones to blame for this is the management of the Marlins.  They could have simply said "no", stating that it was simply not an option, and it would have been a moot point.  The team has decided to honor Mr. Barger in another manner and allow Morrision to wear it, so blame management for it, not the kid.  I don't think he has the clout to make that type of demand.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2012 11:03 pm
 

Marlins unretire No. 5 for Logan Morrison

This is a horrible thing for Logan to do. I understand he wants to honor his dad and his dad's favorite player, but to take away something from a person who was instrumental to having pro baseball in Miami? Horrible



Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2012 9:45 pm
 

Marlins unretire No. 5 for Logan Morrison

Sorry but I wouldn't have asked for this. The number is retired for nearly 20 years and there was a purpose for doing it. Mr. Barger must have played a key role in getting the Marlins started.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2012 5:32 pm
 

Marlins unretire No. 5 for Logan Morrison

Hitters with an average in the 240's are lucky not to have a number in the 60's.



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 6:22 pm
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Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 5:41 pm
 

Marlins unretire No. 5 for Logan Morrison

Trent, I did not know this either and given the riff in the clubhouse between Morrison and the front office last season it's even more surprising that they granted this request.  The number has been retired for almost 20 years without any players pushing hard for it so the situation is a bit strange indeed.  I don't want to get into conspiracy theories but you have to wonder if Morrison initially requested a retired number to ruffle a few feathers.


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