As we’ve mentioned before, Logan Morrison has a pretty heavy Twitter habit. He also has a pretty big following due to his quite colorful Twitter persona. So it’s no surprise that, if something Marlins-related is both cool and popular, the Marlins themselves don’t like it. Here’s team President David Samson:
“I’m not a dinosaur. But I’m not thrilled. It’s very scary to me. I’ve told Logan, `People are waiting for you to make a mistake. They’re going to bait you on Twitter to say something inappropriate that you can never take back.'”
Well, sure. But isn’t also the case that the people who get in the most trouble for their mouths are ones who don’t do a lot of talking in the first place? So when they do — and when they step in it — it’s a much bigger deal? In contrast, people who are always speaking their mind like Charles Barkley and Ozzie Guillen, tend to weather the little p.r. storms caused by unusual candor quite well, thank you. Mostly because, when they say something a bit jarring, it’s not, to use Samson’s phrase, “a mistake.” It’s them being themselves, saying things not terribly unlike what people are used to hearing them say instead of talking in media-relations-approved sound bites.
Yes, a big uproar can happen if you’re a public figure and you say something stupid. But it’s way less of an uproar if people know where you’re coming from in the first place and are used to you saying only half-stupid things all the time.
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that the Phillies are close to signing free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit. An announcement is expected before the winter meetings end on Thursday.
Benoit, 39, has quietly been among the better relievers in baseball over the past seven years. This past season with the Mariners and Blue Jays, the right-hander put up an aggregate 2.81 ERA with a 52/24 K/BB ratio in 48 innings. That included a 0.38 ERA in 23 2/3 innings after the Jays acquired him from the Mariners.
Benoit suffered a torn calf muscle during a benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees near the end of the regular season. He’s expected to be healthy for spring training.
The Phillies have now added three relievers this offseason with Benoit, Pat Neshek, and David Rollins.
ESPN’s Pedro Gomez provides a previously unreported detail of the new collective bargaining agreement, agreed to by the owners and the players’ union last week. Players’ meal money for road games is being reduced from $105 to $30 per day. Teams are providing pre- and post-game meals in the visitors’ clubhouse to offset some of the decrease in meal money.
Gomez quotes an unnamed player who said, “I doubt many guys know about the money going down, nor would they have agreed to it.” All of the players Gomez contacted said they were unaware of and unhappy about the change.
Clubhouse attendants are certainly unhappy about this change, too. As Gomez notes, the attendants previously provided food for visiting teams which earned them tips from the players.
EDIT: It’s worth clarifying that chefs are required in clubhouses now as part of the new CBA, so it’s not a complete loss for the players.