Florida Marlins LF Logan Morrison Deserved to Be Demoted

Tom FroemmingCorrespondent IAugust 15, 2011

Logan Morrison's Twitter profile pic.
Logan Morrison's Twitter profile pic.

Anyone who is crying foul at the news of Logan Morrison's demotion isn't looking at the big picture.

In the “real world,” people have to be extremely careful about what they put on the Internet. We untag photos, use aliases and generally do anything we can to ensure our social media profiles and activity don't get in the way of our career aspirations.

And if you're not careful, you can lose your job, right Rep. Weiner?

It's almost as if Logan Morrison has used his Twitter account and the media to do the exact opposite.

He has poked fun at team president David Samson, taken jabs at star teammate Hanley Ramirez, criticized the organization for firing hitting coach John Mallee and missed an event for season ticket holders Saturday.

While I don't think his overall performance alone made him worthy of a demotion, I do believe the Marlins have every right to send him down at this point. LoMo was hitting .320 at the end of May, but has a .213 average since. He hasn't exactly shined in the outfield, either.

Being in his first full season in the majors with less than 300 plate appearances in Triple-A also means this isn't an established, polished veteran the Marlins sent down. Morrison turns 24 later this month, and despite the impressive power and run production, he is clearly having a hard time making adjustments necessary to maintain a high batting average.

I'll admit, when I first heard the news of Morrison's demotion, I was as shocked as anyone. He's one of Florida's best hitters and looks like a young guy who can be a piece to build around as the team looks forward toward its move to Miami.

Always a high average, high on-base and low power guy in the minors, Morrison has had an odd year at the plate. I would have never guessed he would hit 17 home runs in an entire season, let alone 95 games, but he has seen dips in his average (34 points) and OBP (63 points) this year.

I am a fan of Morrison both as a baseball player and a person. I would rather he was on the Marlins roster because guys like him make baseball more fun to follow. I love the level of interaction LoMo brings. You can tell he really cares about his fans. He's a funny, intelligent guy who isn't afraid to be human.

With that said, I still believe Florida had every right to send him down and should be upset with some of his off-the-field antics. Morrison is considering filing a grievance, and I will be rooting against him if he does.

This is what Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Benifest told MLB.com about the move:

We just thought it was in the best interests of Logan to go down and concentrate on baseball and all aspects of being a major leaguer, and work his way back.

I agree with that 100 percent.

I still think Morrison should be himself on Twitter, or wherever else he likes. When it comes to business matters, however, Morrison needs to be like everybody else and be careful of what he puts on the Internet.

Welcome to the real world.

For now, it appears as though he has learned his lesson. There is only one tweet on his profile since the demotion:

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.'