Rumors have surfaced recently that there is some animosity brewing between the Miami Marlins and their star young pitcher Jose Fernandez. You must read this piece by Andy Slater on the Jose Fernandez Miami feud. Apparently Marlins clubhouse culture is a bit of a “circus.” No, like an actual circus. Like circus music played after wins and red clown noses being handed out. Actually not kidding on this one.
Slater said it all started when Jeff Baker was released because he influenced an anti-front office attitude among the young Marlins players. Which is interesting. Apparently he was the one that handed out the clown noses (what’s wrong with clown noses?). Slater also reported weeks ago that the front office was not happy with the attitude of one of their stars in particular, Jose Fernandez. “Jose talks to management like they are children,” an anonymous Marlins player told Slater. Fernandez even would approach front office during the season asking “when are you gonna trade me?”
“There were this season where, not all, but some players and coaches hoped Jose would go on the mound and get shelled. We thought it would get him more humble,” another player told Slater.
Fernandez would blatantly disregard organization rules, like not wearing hooded pullovers in the dugout or during batting practice outside of cold weather nights. He’d routinely be late to team meetings and events, and even got into a shouting match when Casey McGehee when he called Fernandez on it.
Jose Fernandez has established himself as one of the most promising young stars in the game. The guy has yet to lose a game at home in his career. With advancements in Tommy John and rehab, it’s not wrong to assume that despite his early career injury, he could have a bright long career with minimal injury. Certainly a risk that many organizations would be willing to take. Team president David Samson told 940 WINZ that the Marlins are “definitely not shopping Fernandez, not a chance. He’s not available.”
Which really means 0 in sports today, seeing that guys like Troy Tulowitzki are being shipped across the border over night despite promises of him not being on the trading block.
Congrats on the new job Don Mattingly, good luck with your new player vs front office situation.