A surprising nugget
From a Baker piece today on the delays and possibility of playing tomorrow:
Spoke earlier to Mariners player rep Brandon Morrow and he told me he’s been in touch with the players’ association and that MLB has gotten involved as well. The Mariners players have almost unanimously come up to Morrow to tell him they do not want to stay and play tomorrow and the message has been conveyed to the union, which in turn has passed that on to MLB.
Morrow was optioned to Tacoma on July 11th and was down there for two months. Now, this either means that they handed the union rep badge around to whoever was the most junior player on the roster and then back to Morrow on his return, or… I’m not sure what the interim solution was.
I know on many teams the player representative is something to be shirked, but I’m always surprised when I find out that the guy sticking up for the interest of his fellow union members in cases like this isn’t the guy we hear is the veteran clubhouse leader (Beltre, say) but whoever is relatively junior and put their hand up. It certainly doesn’t helps with accusations that players don’t take union issues like steroids seriously enough (it does make me wonder why the union doesn’t do a better job advocating for low-service-time players, though, if they’re so disproportionately represented).
In any event — Morrow’s recalled on the ninth, makes a start, and four days after he rejoins the team he’s lobbying on everyone’s behalf with the union and the league. I’m sure whoever he took the badge back from was happy to be the complainer rather than the complainee.