LoMo Can Use The Twitter From The Bench

Games, Management, Media, Players

Or he can use the Twitter from Triple A New Orleans.

There’s a hierarchy in baseball that’s existed forever; there’s also a certain illogical reaction to any perceived “reason” for slumps and losses.

Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison was reportedly benched—in part—because he’s using Twitter too much. I’m sure that his lack of hitting was also a factor.

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Morrison using Twitter for the most part. He says some funny things. But I’m not 80-year-old Jack McKeon—specifically hired to light a fire under a young clubhouse and get them in line; I’m not notoriously touchy team president David Samson who’s best known for his contentious nature and that he got into an argument with Bobby Valentine during a job interview.

Social media is still relatively new and these older men would prefer it if Morrison was out doing “man stuff”—drinking and carousing—rather than providing insider access and running commentary to the inner workings of the organization. (He might be doing the “man stuff” as well—who knows?)

George Steinbrenner was the poster child for irrational behaviors such as making his team shave their several days growths of beard for a run of poor play and screaming, yelling, stomping his feet and firing, firing, firing, demoting, firing, trading, firing and firing. He would’ve rolled his eyes at the bland action taken against Morrison. Morrison’s ignoring of Samson’s warnings against tweeting was a Steinbrennerean act of treason; the military/football-minded Steinbrenner would’ve demoted him whether he was hitting or not.

Now he’s not hitting.

Morrison doesn’t understand his station. He’s 23 and is pretty much a rookie. Quirks and a loud mouth are tolerated as long as the player is performing; once he stops performing, they’re no longer tolerated.

Dustin Pedroia yapped a lot, but won Rookie of the Year and a World Series; he won the MVP the next year. It’s subjective and random, but it’s the way of the sports world.

Morrison enjoys hearing his own voice and seeing his name in print such as when he “called out” Hanley Ramirez for lackadaisical play, but is in no position to be saying one word to the highest paid player on the team. That he may or may not have been right is irrelevant. He needs to quiet down.

What Morrison will learn is that a reputation is hard to shake. It’s cute, colorful and accepted while he’s hitting home runs, but when he’s not hitting and the team’s struggling, someone’s going to be made an example of if the Marlins poor play continues. Being benched, demoted or losing one’s job because of twitter is arrogant and stupid.

If he doesn’t understand the messages that are being sent, he’ll be forced to.

Soon.

Whether it’s in Florida or New Orleans is entirely up to him.

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