MIAMI – Mired in a seven-game losing streak, Marlins players further disappointed their fans by failing to show as advertised for a charity event.
The organization had said players would attend the event to benefit the inner cities baseball program.
“I’m disappointed no players were there,” Marlins President David Samson said Friday. “Win or lose, what we do in the community matters most. When you have a commitment with the community, you’ve got to do it. The job doesn’t end at the 27th out.”
The event was Thursday night at Marlins Park, 3½ hours after the team was swept by Arizona. Player attendance was optional, but some players who committed to go did not show, Samson said.
The group absence raised the suspicion players were protesting the recent firing of manager Mike Redmond, who was replaced by GM Dan Jennings. But reliever Steve Cishek said the losing streak simply left the team in no mood to socialize.