Logan Morrison and the Miami Marlins haven’t had the best of relationships in recent times. The 24 year old outfielder was urged by the team last year to ease up on the tweeting that has gained him over 91,000 followers. When the Marlins fired hitting coach John Mallee Morrison was vocal with his displeasure and pointed the finger at team owner Jeffrey Loria. Reportedly upset with the way the organization handled a charity function of his Morrison did not show up for an event with season ticket holders. For now those instances appear to be in the rear view mirror, given the recent gesture by the Marlins.
Logan Morrison will have the distinction of donning the number that had been retired the first 19 years of the franchise’s existence. The Florida Marlins retired No. 5 on April 5, 1993, in honor of the late Carl Barger, the club’s first president and chief operating officer. Barger passed away on Dec. 9, 1992 at the Winter Meetings. Since Barger’s favorite all-time player was Joe DiMaggio, the Marlins decided to retire the No. 5 in their first president’s memory. [The team] will honor Barger with a plaque in the main concourse of their new ballpark.
A nice gesture by the Marlins and probably a surprising one to many given the run ins LoMo has had with the front office. Maybe the number change will inspire Morrison this season. Understanding how fortunate he is to have his request granted combined with knowing he has the number of his father’s favorite player on his back can be used as motivation. The Marlins’ lineup looks potent with Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, Mike Stanton, and Gaby Sanchez probably doing most of the damage. If Morrison can improve on his .247 batting average, 23 home runs, and 72 runs batted in from a year ago he could make the lineup even more difficult to navigate through for opposing pitchers.
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