Tag:Logan Morrison
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:11 am
Edited on: December 8, 2011 8:41 am

Hunter, Morrison fight for Wilson on Twitter

CJ Wilson

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Flight tracking is so last year -- this year's free agent trend is Twitter recruiting.

With rumors that left-hander C.J. Wilson may be down to the Marlins and Angels, a member of each team is making his case on Twitter to Wilson, who is also active on Twitter. So, we have the Marlins and Logan Morrison vs. the Angels and Torii Hunter.

Shortly before midnight Eastern on Wednesday, Hunter (@toriihunter48) tweeted Wilson (@str8edgeracer):

Morrison (@LoMoMarlins) jumped into the fray to help his team:

When the Nationals' Collin Balestar (@ballystar40) piped up about the "perfect weather" in SoCal, Morrison then responded again:

That got Hunter and Wilson to respond:

But Morrison wasn't finished with his pitch:

And, showing himself to be an amateur copy editor, Morrison also had a nice dig at a fan who tried to take a shot at him:

In the end, the Twitter recruiting isn't going to decide where Wilson ends up, dollars will. But in the meantime, it's fun to watch from the sidelines -- what else are you going to do, watch basketball?

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Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:10 am
Edited on: December 5, 2011 12:39 am

Reyes rounds out an impressive Marlins lineup

Jose Reyes Hanley Ramierez

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The winter meetings haven't officially started and the Marlins already seem to have locked up the Hot Stove League title with the signings of Jose Reyes and Heath Bell -- and they could add more.

So what does this mean to the product on the field come April? Well, the rotation may still need some tinkering, but the lineup -- assuming everyone is healthy -- appears stout.

With Reyes, let's look at the new-look Miami Marlins lineup:

Jose Reyes1. Jose Reyes, SS

When healthy, Reyes is the best leadoff hitter in the game, and one of the few real difference-makers in the top spot of the lineup. Reyes has a career .341 OBP and 370 stolen bases -- good for eighth among active players, with only one of the other players ahead of him on the list in his 20s, like the 28-year-old Reyes. Reyes is coming off his first career batting title, hitting .337/.384/.493 in 2011 and also led the league in triples (16) for the fourth time in his career. The knock on Reyes, though, is his ability to stay on the field. After playing in at least 153 games from 2005-2008, he played in just 36 games in 2009, 133 in 2010 and 126 last season. But when healthy, few in the game are as good as he is.

Omar Infante2. Omar Infante, 2B

While Infante didn't return to his All-Star form from a year before in 2011, he's a steady second baseman, if not exactly Dan Uggla. Infante hit .276/.315/.382 and led the league with 17 sacrifices if you're into that kind of thing. He has a career .318 OBP, but had a .353 OBP from 2008-2010 with the Braves. He's a solid No. 2 batter, especially sandwiched between Reyes and Hanley Ramirez.

Hanley Ramirez3. Hanley Ramirez, 3B

Ramirez will have to move to third to make room for Reyes, something he's been reluctant to do -- but it's probably best for him and the Marlins. At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, he's physically more of a third baseman than a shortstop and the team's defense should benefit from the switch. The Marlins had been in the market for a third baseman and all of a sudden they have one with a .306/.380/.506 career split with 134 home runs in six seasons -- and will be just 28 when the season starts. With Reyes and Ramirez, the Marlins now have batting champs from two of the last three seasons in their lineup.

Mike Stanton4. Mike Stanton, RF

Perhaps the most exciting young player in the game, Stanton hit 34 home runs last season in his first full season, while hitting an impressive .262/.356/.537 overall. In an era where there seems to be fewer young power hitters, Stanton has it in spades. He's also proven to be an outstanding defensive outfielder and is under team control for several more years.

Logan Morrison5. Logan Morrison, LF

Morrison, 24 had a disappointing sophomore season, even finding himself sent to Triple-A in August. Even with the trip to the minors, he put up a .247/.330/.468 line with 23 home runs and 72 RBI. That's not ideal, but it's not bad for a 23-year-old in his second season in the majors, especially one that put up a .283/.390/.447 line as a rookie. He was also much better in the first half, hitting .267/.343/.489. The talent is there and he should get better.

Gaby Sanchez6. Gaby Sanchez, 1B

Sanchez was lost in the monster National League rookie class of 2010, but still put together a solid rookie season and pretty much equaled it in his second season, hitting .266/.352/.427 with 19 home runs in 2011. Sanchez is 28, the same age as Reyes and Ramirez, but with much less experience.

Emilio Bonifacio7. Emilio Bonifacio, CF

A switch-hitter, the speedy Bonifacio played all three outfield spots, as well as second, shortstop and third last season for the Marlins, but the team's biggest need now is center field, and he can stick there now that he doesn't need to fill in at any point for Ramirez at short. Bonifacio put up a .296/.360/.393 line last season and stole 40 bases. The team also has former Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan, who started 64 games in center last season, but struggled, hitting just .230/.296/.368 and is expected to start next season in Triple-A.

John Buck8. John Buck, C

The oldest player in this lineup, Buck is just 31. While not an offensive superstar, he's a solid catcher and did put up a .316 OBP last season and hit 16 home runs. He also hit 20 homers in 2010 for the Blue Jays.

That's a pretty good lineup, and also a young one -- only Buck and Infante will be 30 or older at the start of next season. That said, the Marlins may not be done. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports Miami is expected to make "an aggressive run" at Albert Pujols. As good as the Marlins' lineup looks now, that could push it into a different stratosphere. Even without Pujols, that thing in center field could get a workout at the Marlins' new park.

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Posted on: December 1, 2011 5:16 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 5:19 pm

Logan Morrison to undergo knee surgery

By Matt Snyder

Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison will have minor arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday, Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post has reported. The knee had been bothering Morrison since May, as he twice ran into walls this past season. Once he even needed five stitches to close a laceration. The surgery only carries a six week recovery period, so expect Morrison to be ready for spring training. He had hoped to avoid surgery, but the other treatments weren't working.

“Well, this is four weeks and if I can still feel it doing stuff like this, how will it feel when I’m doing everything in spring training?’’ he said (Fish Tank blog).

Morrison, 24, hit .247/.330/.468 with 23 home runs, 25 doubles and 72 RBI in 525 plate appearances last season. He went through a controversial demotion to Triple-A in August, but it didn't last long.

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Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:48 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 3:22 pm

Wednesday's rumors: Cespedes, Rollins and more

Hot Stove
By C. Trent Rosecrans

While we all wait for tomorrow's 5:30 p.m. ET coronation of Bobby Valentine as the new manager of the Red Sox, here's the latest roundup of rumors, tidbits and other goings on around the baseball world -- or at least the internet part of it.

South Korean right-hander Chong Tae-Hyon is trying to decide between staying in his home country or joining the Orioles. The 33-year-old has been an All-Star in Korean and is a free agent for the first time. He's gaining plenty of interest in Korea, but would likely get a multi-year deal and a spot on the Orioles' 40-man roster, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. The Orioles are also joining the sweepstakes for Cuban outfielder Yoennis Cespedes, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com writes.

Speaking of Cespedes, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo watched him work out in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes. He notes the Nationals were in attendance at a showcase for Cespedes in early November, before the now-famous video was released.

Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison will meet with a doctor this week to determine if he needs surgery on his right knee, Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post writes. Morrison said he twice ran into walls, including one incident that required five stitches to close a cut.

Infielder Adam Kennedy has agreed to a one-year deal with the Dodgers worth $800,000 to serve as a left-handed bat off the bench and a utility player. Kennedy spent 2010 with the Mariners, hitting .234/.277/.355 with seven home runs. (Orange County Register)

The Giants are looking to move either Jeremy Affeldt or right-hander Ramon Ramirez,Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reports. The team picked up Affeldt's $5 million option for 2012. Ramirez is in his third year of arbitration and should get a bump from the $1.65 million he made last season. Right-hander Sergio Romo is also arbitration-eligible.

If somehow the Cardinals don't end up re-signing Albert Pujols, the team could look to sign Jimmy Rollins to fill its hole at shortstop, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes. However, the team is stuck in a holding pattern until Pujols makes his final decision.

The good news for White Sox fans is that the team is cutting some of its ticket prices -- however that may be in anticipation of "gutting" the team, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. The team doesn't expect to get Mark Buehrle back and could look to trade lefty John Danks before he reaches free agency.

The Phillies announced they'd signed eight players to minor-league deals with invites to spring training, including right-hander Scott Elarton, infielder Pete Orr and outfielder Scott Podsednik

And, finally, to go back full circle to Valentine and the Red Sox, sources told WEEI.com's Alex Speier that after Terry Francona got the ax, Red Sox officials told at least one player that the team wasn't going to hire "someone like Bobby Valentine." Perhaps they forgot to add, "but maybe the real Bobby Valentine." ESPN.com's Buster Olney wrote that Red Sox players are already none too happy about the hiring, complaining about some of the things Valentine said about them on the air as ESPN's analyst. 

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

Report: Morrison files grievance against Marlins

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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Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:55 am
Edited on: August 25, 2011 10:06 am

Pepper: MVP arguments heat up

By Matt Snyder

It's that time of the baseball season. You know, we're nearing September, so in addition to watching the pennant races, it's the time when people start to pretty heavily argue about the MVP of each league. In addition to arguing which players have the best numbers, two fundamental criteria spark discussion as well.

1. Are pitchers eligible? They are. But many believe they shouldn't be (see Evan Brunell's post on this).

2. Are players on teams not in contention eligible? They are. But many believe they shouldn't be.

On No. 2, enter Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays.

He leads the majors in home runs, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He's walked 21 more times than he's struck out. He has a cannon in right field, but can also play third if his team needs it. He's so scary to opposing ballclubs that he leads the AL with 18 intentional walks. And if you like this sort of thing, Bautista is dominating WAR (wins above replacement player), WPA (win probability added) and all other advanced value stats.

Basically, he's the most valuable player in baseball unless you discount him based upon his team.

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopolous believes it shouldn't even be close.

“On and off the field you can’t find anybody more complete than him,” Anthopolous said (Slam Sports). “His work ethic, community work, character in the clubhouse, helping out teammates, they’re all first-rate. And his performance on the field has been as good as it gets ... defensively, offensively, changing positions in the middle of the season. I mean, check off all the boxes.”

It's going to be interesting to see how the votes fall, assuming things remain similar through the next five weeks of play. One thing that always makes me cringe is when people say something like "he plays for a losing team" or "how valuable can he be? They could finish fourth without him."

Look at the standings. The Blue Jays are three games over .500 and simply stuck in the wrong division. They'd only be four games out in the AL Central -- actually closer, though, because the schedule in the AL Central is worlds easier than the AL East. The Jays are most certainly not a "losing team."

And if you took Bautista off the Jays, they'd be far worse. It would be a much bigger hit to the team than if, say, the Red Sox lost Jacoby Ellsbury.

Hustle is bush league now? Evidently the Tigers were yelling at Rays' infielder Sean Rodriguez for ... hustling? Tuesday, Tigers starter -- and reportedly "possibly some others" -- took exception with Rodriguez for running hard on an infield pop out. Rays manager Joe Maddon took exception to that. "For anybody to bark at another player for … hustling is absolutely insane, ludicrous,'' Maddon said (TampaBay.com).

Canseco's life: I'd rather forget about Jose Canseco, but many aren't of that mindset -- witness his 400,000-plus Twitter followers. So if you want to read a lengthly feature on Canseco's "surreal" life, click on through to TheStar.com. It's well written and covers tons of material.

LoMo still in the dark: It was a bit odd when Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison was demoted to the minors a few weeks ago. His batting average is a bit low, but his OPS is above average (115 OPS-plus) and he has 18 home runs and 61 RBI. Many believed he was being punished for being such an outspoken person Twitter and in other circles, though it hasn't been explicitly said. But he's back now and not worried about why. "I haven't talked to anybody. I don't really care. I'm just looking to move forward," he said (Sun-Sentinel.com).

'Cry-babies:' The Mets don't win more games because they are "cry-babies," according to former big-leaguer and current Phillies broadcaster Gary Matthews. "Tell them Sarge said it - the Mets are crybabies," Matthews said (NYDailyNews.com). "That's why they lose."

Bell has more on mind than possible trades: Padres closer Heath Bell has heard his name in trade talk for quite a while now, but that's not the foremost thing on his mind. Specifically, his Dad has been battled cancer for a few years and just underwent open-heart surgery Wednesday. “It’s kinda helped me get through all the trade and waiver stuff,” said Bell (signonSanDiego.com). “Everybody’s talking about that and I’m thinking, “Man, I’m just glad my dad’s doing well.’ ”

No relief yet: White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy has been pretty good in short doses this season, but he doesn't believe that means he's in need of a switch to the bullpen, as he's still technically recovering from a rare surgical procedure. "I've had people tell me, 'Oh, you look good in short stints, Have you thought about going to the bullpen?'" Peavy said (ChicagoTribune.com). "To me, that's not a thought process of mind, simply because I haven't got to where the doctors told me you're as good as you're going to get. They told me from a year to 18 months, you are where you are."

It's opposite day: Did you ever think you'd hear a player talking about feeling less pressure playing for the Yankees than the A's? Yeah, me neither. But Eric Chavez has extenuating circumstances. He went from being one of the best third basemen in baseball to never being able to stay healthy on a consistent basis, thereby creating pressure for himself when he did get on the field. He was also being paid a pretty penny. Now, as a Yankee, he's feeling fine.

“All of that [pressure] is completely gone,” he said (NJ.com). “It was so refreshing going into spring training. I don’t want to say I had to change myself as a ballplayer, but I am, I’m different now. And I’m okay with that because I don’t have that big contract on my shoulders. There’s tons of hitters in here that will produce and you just have to be part of the team.”

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 7:12 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2011 7:17 pm

Morrison tweets he's on his way back to Marlins

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Maybe it's just me, but if I were demoted in part because of my antics on Twitter, when my banishment was over, I don't think I'd be on Twitter (at @ctrent, if you want to follow me) announcing my return.

Of course, I'm not as cool, talented or funny as the Marlins' Logan Morrison, so there's that. I'm guessing he doesn't care what I think, but here's @LoMoMarlins:


You may remember Morrison's ordeal, he was demoted and given some vague directions about his "focus" and "off the field" activities. While it was later revealed that the straw that broke the camel's back was Morrison's boycott of a photo session for season ticket holders, many in the organization were none too pleased about his prolific tweeting (even though we in the media and blogging world love him for it) and outspoken nature.

Morrison played six games for Triple-A New Orleans, with four hits in 24 at-bats (.167), including a homer and two doubles in his short tenure with the team. MLB.com's Joe Frisaro tweets Morrison is expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday against the Reds. His demotion will have lasted exactly 10 days, the minimum length of a trip to the minors (without a corresponding DL move).

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Posted on: August 14, 2011 5:57 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 6:33 pm

Morrison may file grievance against Marlins


By Evan Brunell

In a surprise move on Saturday, the Marlins optioned Logan Morrison to Triple-A, but there's more to it than just batting average, and the left fielder is expected to pursue filing a grievance.

“We are going to, with absolute certainty, explore this and contact the union and make sure Logan’s rights are protected,’’ Fred Wray, Morrison’s agent, told the Palm Beach Post. “It doesn’t seem like everything adds up here.’’

On the face of it, the move was rather surprising as the 23-year-old has cranked 17 home runs on the year for Florida in following up his successful debut last season when he hit .283 with 20 doubles and seven triples last season in 287 plate appearances. But Morrison has been in a bit of a tailspin since the beginning of July, hitting .221/.290/.457. The power's been there, but the batting average hasn't been, which the front office cited as the reason for the demotion, Morrison told the Palm Beach Post in a previous story. If you're wondering why a promising youngster who has proven he can stick in the majors would be demoted on 36 games of a .221 batting average, you're not alone. The demotion smacks of something more, with Morrison admitting as much and GM Larry Beinfest cryptically alluding to such a thought.

Morrison "just needs to concentrate on baseball and all aspects of being a major leaguer,” team president Larry Beinfest told the Post. This could be reference to the increasing friction between Morrison and the front office, starting with his Twitter account which he has embraced wholeheartedly to the chagrin of the front office. He also spoke out against the firing of hitting coach John Mallee in early June. And now, the latest incident.

Morrison was demoted after he opted not to attend a meet-and-greet with season-ticket holders Saturday after already attending an autographing event that ran long earlier in the day. Morrison, who was already upset at the team's canceling of a charity bowling tournament due to lack of interest, asked union player representative Wes Helms if he had to attend. Helms, who did attend the event, told Morrison he was not required to do so. Morrison went on to apologize for not attending the meet-and-greet on Twitter, but that wasn't enough for Beinfest and the front office.

Helms was also released Saturday, perhaps due to his involvement in the incident. Helms' .191/.276/.236 line in 124 plate appearances wasn't exactly keeping him on the team, but he had been with the club since 2008 and was considered one of the clubhouse leaders. In addition, on Sept. 1, teams can carry up to 40 players on the major-league roster, so all Florida had to do was wait a couple weeks and they could have made a move to shore up the bench. On a team going nowhere where Helms has been valued and in his role as a pinch-hitter, his release is curious despite the numbers favoring a release, as he has lasted this long.

“I’m not going to get into any specific incidents,” Beinfest said. “I’m sure Logan has his view of things and the organization has their own view of things.”

"Right now I just feel resentment and anger," Morrison told the Post when the demotion occurred. "Stand up for what's right and this happens."

Around midnight Sunday morning, Morrison took to Twitter and said, "Thx guys 4 all of ur kind words & support. Really means a lot! "A bend in the road isnt the end of the road...unless u fail 2 make the turn."

Morrison will certainly return to the majors once rosters expand and may even be back before then, as this demotion smacks of making a point, not to iron out deficiencies in Morrison's game. The grievance, meanwhile, is unlikely to be filed as the player's union will tell Morrison the Marlins can point to his slump to justify the demotion, which would be good enough to dismiss the grievance. Either way, it's clear both Morrison and the front office aren't happy with each other, and this incident will only serve to strain the relationship further. Unfortunately for Morrison, he has five more years of team control before he can become a free agent.

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