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Florida Marlins Alienate Fans with Demotion of Ultra-Popular Logan Morrison

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 27: Logan Morrison #20 of the Florida Marlins waits on deck against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Marlins won 7-5. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
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Andrew RobesonAnalyst IIAugust 14, 2011

The only MLB team I've ever been a fan of is the Florida Marlins. I've been to games where I was able to count the number of fans in the stadium.

Like any fan there have been ups and downs with my team. In 1997 I got to watch the Marlins win a World Series in person, something millions of MLB fans never get to do. Then in 2003 they doubled up when they defeated the New York Yankees for title No. 2.

More recently the Marlins secured funding for a new stadium in Miami that is planned to open next season.

Those were the ups.

The first major down was in 1998, when the Marlins either traded or failed to re-sign many of the key players that helped them win the World Series in 1997.

The second one came when the Marlins decided to demote outfielder Logan Morrison.

What in the world were they thinking? Morrison is a guy who is a fan favorite, and who has more Twitter followers than the Marlins could fit in their new stadium in 2012.

The Marlins attributed the move to Morrison's play. In 2011 Morrison was hitting .249 and had 17 homeruns to go with 60 RBI.

It's hard to believe the demotion had to do with his play when you consider his average was fifth best on the team of players who had more than 300 at bats, he has the second most homeruns on the team, and the third most RBI.

Marlins beat writer Joe Capozzi is now reporting that Morrison may file a grievance against the Marlins due to the potential political reasons behind his demotion.

Morrison was upset last week when the Marlins cancelled a charity bowling tournament he was supposed to take part in. Then when the Marlins asked him to take part in a meet-and-greet with season ticket owners, Morrison asked Wes Helms, the team's union representative, if he had to attend.

Helms told Morrison that he did not have to attend, and Morrison did not.

Interestingly enough, Helms found himself cut after the game, and Morrison demoted.

The Marlins also have had issues with how Morrison has called out teammate Hanley Ramirez on his effort after he has struggled throughout the season.

The Marlins messed up here. They alienated their fans (a "#freeLoMo" movement was gaining momentum on Twitter Sunday afternoon), and they alienated Morrison. Now they might find themselves in trouble with the MLB if Morrison does file a grievance.

I've always considered myself dedicated to the Marlins, but I'm siding with LoMo here, and it appears that most Marlins fans feel the same way. 

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