LoMo’s DeMo And The Grievance

It’s well within Logan Morrison‘s rights to file a grievance with the Players Association for whatever he wants—even a demotion. But it’s clerical more than viable. He won’t win.

How’s this going to go? The PA is going to demand the Marlins bring Morrison back to the big leagues? Or what? Are they going to demand he play as well?

And why? Because he was one of the team leaders in homers and RBI?

Yeah? So?

Part of being an employee in any work environment is behaving in an appropriate manner based on the parameters set by the employer; to an extent (arguably) Morrison may have done that on the field, but that’s not all there is to being a big league player. He shirked responsibilities to the club and ignored strong suggestions/threats to tone down his outspokenness—in my eyes, perfectly acceptable grounds for demotion.

Former Marlins teammate Cody Ross summed what I’m sure is an unspoken belief among many veterans around baseball with the following:

“It sends a pretty good message.”

“It’s about baseball. It isn’t about you. Logan will figure it out and learn he’s got to stay quiet and stay in the corner and do his job.”

In other words, “shut up rookie”—something I’m sure has been said to him privately by teammates and opponents.

It’s telling that it was Ross who came out publicly with his pointed assessment since Ross is a player who had to fight and scratch his way to the big leagues and bounced from team-to-team—sold as disposable chattel—before getting an opportunity with the Marlins that he wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else. Common sense says he appreciates it more than Morrison does and is expressing that with his statement.

Discipline is part of development. This is a disciplinary move from the Marlins to show Morrison that he’s not an entity unto himself; he’s not a mega-star rookie; and he’s not playing for a team in the middle of a pennant race that has to put up with him to achieve their ends.

They sent him down because they could send him down. And he asked for it multiple times. The Marlins were beyond patient.

I’m not entirely convinced that Morrison is going to learn his lesson either. Judging from his personality, he’s a “last word”-type person and will feel defeated if he doesn’t have the final say.

But he has no bargaining power and that makes it pretty difficult to have the last word about anything.

On another LoMo note, I received the following comment about yesterday’s posting from someone or something named “Ingy”.

Are you black? Stupid article. D-

No, “Ingy”. I’m white. But is my grade race related? If so, I think I have grounds to file a grievance!

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  1. #1 by Jeff on August 15, 2011 - 2:46 pm

    Ingy sounds like an idiot.

    And Logan is an idiot. Funny how the early 20s make us think we know EVERYTHING when we really know nothing. I hope he learns his lesson, but he probably won’t, and we’ll be talking about what an annoyance he is for years to come.

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