A night's sleep hasn't cooled Logan Morrison, who remains unhappy that the Marlins fired hitting coach John Mallee and says it was owner Jeffrey Loria's decision -- and Loria's alone. And Morrison said other players on the Marlins share his feelings.
Asked if he or other players had voiced their displeasure with the front office, Morrison replied: "The front office is definitely around, but I don't think we have to express anything or talk to them to let them know how we feel about it. I don't think it was their choice, either. Actually, I know it wasn't their choice."
Asked if he thought ownership made the call on Mallee, Morrison answered: "Absolutely. 100 percent. You know it was. I'm sure he'll tell you that, too."
The players were introduced to new hitting coach Eduardo Perez on Thursday, but were still trying to sort through the emotions that came with the firing of Mallee, who served as the minor-league hitting coach for many of the young players on the roster -- including Morrison, Mike Stanton, Chris Coghlan and Gaby Sanchez -- before joining the major league staff last June.
"They felt Mallee had to go," Morrison said. "I don't feel that way. He's there from day one. He got me to the big leagues. I was a 22nd rounder for a reason. I made the big leagues for a reason. And he was in between that time."
Morrison said he spoke with Mallee last night and today.
"He's crushed, for sure," Morrison said. "But he wants us to succeed, wants us to do the best we can still. Just because he's gone doesn't mean it's going to change. I'm still going to be talking to him, that's for sure."
Morrison was also asked if he thought the hitters would be any more relaxed with Mallee out of the picture. To the contrary.
"I don't think when you let somebody go who's been with us since day one, you're going to be any more relaxed," he said. "I think you're going to be more pissed off than anything."
Manager Edwin Rodriguez was asked, in the wake of Mallee's firing, whether he felt vulnerable.
"I feel, and the coaches feel, we're just passing through," Rodriguez said. "They (the players) are the heart and the core of this organization, the young players. They're here for good. They're here to stay. And they have to realize that. If we keep losing, I don't know what's going to happen, but I don't worry about that. I've been talking to the coaches the same way. They're professionals. They can't worry about that."
Loria said nobody is on the hot seat.
"Our hitting has been a problem for a long time," Loria said. "It had to be addressed."