Quote of the Day: Marlins’ President David Samson on Logan Morrison’s Twitter habit

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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.

Hunter Pence is mashing for the Rangers

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Hunter Pence was thought to be on his way to retirement after a lackluster 2018 season with the Giants. As he entered his mid-30’s, Pence spent a considerable amount of time on the injured list, playing in 389 out of 648 possible regular season games with the Giants from 2015-18.

Pence, however, kept his career going, inking a minor league deal with the Rangers in February. He performed very well in spring training, earning a spot on the Opening Day roster. Pence hasn’t stopped hitting.

Entering Monday night’s game against the Mariners, Pence was batting .299/.358/.619 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 109 plate appearances, mostly as a DH. Statcast agrees that Pence has been mashing the ball. He has an average exit velocity of 93.3 MPH this season, which would obliterate his marks in each of the previous four seasons since Statcast became a thing. His career average exit velocity is 89.8 MPH. He has “barreled” the ball 10.4 percent of the time, well above his 6.2 percent average.

What Pence did to a baseball in the seventh inning of Monday’s game, then, shouldn’t come as a surprise.

That’s No. 9 on the year for Pence. Statcast measured it at 449 feet and 108.3 MPH off the bat. Not only is Pence not retired, he may be a lucrative trade chip for the Rangers leading up to the trade deadline at the end of July.