A player named "Cameron" donned No. 24 and roamed the outfield at Sun Life Stadium last night for the Marlins. But it wasn't Cameron Maybin, Florida's former centerfielder of the future. It was Mike Cameron, the team's centerfielder of the present.
Maybin also wore No. 24 and tracked down a few fly balls but suited up for the Padres, returning to Miami for the first time since he was traded to San Diego last offseason.
"It feels cool to be back and see a couple guys that I developed a friendship with," said Maybin, who spent three years in the organization, and went 2 for 4 with two stolen bases on Tuesday. "[It was] nice to say hello to them during batting practice and catch up with a couple guys."
Maybin said he was looking forward to talking with Mike Stanton, Chris Volstad, Brian Peterson, Emilio Bonifacio and Gaby Sanchez.
Maybin, 24, said it was a little strange to be in the visitors' clubhouse at Sun Life Stadium, but he harbors no hard feelings for the Marlins. Florida traded Maybin to the Padres for right-handed relievers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica last November.
The former first-round pick has enjoyed his time with the Padres, who have given him an opportunity to play every day, and he is hitting .263 with 11 doubles, 5 home runs and 16 stolen bases.
"I’m excited, man," Maybin said. "It’s nice to be able to finally feel like I’m getting my feet wet, getting an opportunity to go through the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s definitely going to help out for next year. [I'm] enjoying my opportunity here."
CBS Evening New correspondent Steve Hartman and the network's crew followed around manager Jack McKeon on the Marlins' last homestand, and the segment featuring the seasoned skipper will air tonight at 6:30 p.m. on CBS affiliates. If you miss it, the full story will be available on www.cbsnews.com after the broadcast.
Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 2. Omar Infante, 2b; 3. Logan Morrison, lf; 4. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 5. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 6. Mike Stanton, rf; 7. Mike Cameron, cf ; 8. John Buck, c; 9. Ricky Nolasco, p.
Padres: 1. Will Venable, rf; 2. Jason Bartlett, ss; 3. Cameron Maybin, cf; 4. Ryan Ludwick, lf; 5. Orlando Hudson, 2b; 6. Jesus Guzman, 1b; 7. Alberto Gonzalez, 3b; 8. Ron Johnson, c; 9. Aaron Harang, p.
-- Matt Forman