Logan Morrison demotion tale full of twists

08/16/2011 10:05 AM ET
By Ethan Hammerman
Marlins infielder Logan Morrison had quite a tumultuous Saturday.

He began the weekend with a cushy job on the Florida Marlins' roster, and ended it with a ticket to New Orleans in the Pacific Coast League.

Why was Morrison, who has 17 home runs and 60 RBIs this year, demoted? According to sources close to the player, it is because he skipped a mandatory meet-and-greet with season ticket holders and voiced displeasure regarding the club's handling of a recent charitable event.

Reportedly, Morrison was upset that a charity bowling competition meant to raise money for the American Lung Association had to be canceled because, in the player's own words, the Marlins' charitable foundation "dropped the ball" and did not sell enough lanes in advance.

Morrison claims that he contacted Wes Helms, the team's union player representative, to ask whether or not he had to go to the meet-and-greet. Helms reportedly advised him not to attend. Coincidentally, Helms was released on Saturday as well, though his is a bit more justifiable. He is only hitting .191 on the year.

Always known for his outspoken attitude, Morrison is well-known for antics surrounding his Twitter account. When Jack McKeon took over the Marlins, the manager sought to limit Morrison's Twitter usage, but the outfielder did not react to this means of regulation well, as he consistently rebuffed attempts to be regulated by McKeon.

The Marlins' staff cited Morrison's .249 batting average as the main reason he was sent down to AAA New Orleans. When pressed on the matter, the stance of team higher-ups did not change.

Morrison is set to report to New Orleans tonight. En route to his new club, the demoted outfielder shared a motivational quote via, or course, Twitter:

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"less than a minute ago via Twitterrific Favorite Retweet Reply comments