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AWOL catcher Miguel Olivo begs Marlins: "Let me go"

        The Marlins placed Miguel Olivo on the restricted list after the team refused his request to be released and he walked out on the club at the start of Friday's game.

         "I told them I wanted to be released and they wouldn't give it to me," Olivo, upset with his lack of playing time, said in a phone interview with the Miami Herald. "I don't understand why they don't release me. I told them I wanted to be released because I have 30 days of not playing. I need to play."

         Marlins manager Mike Redmond said on Saturday that if Olivo had waited until after the game, perhaps the team's reaction would have been different. As it was, it made a team already dealing with back injuries to Logan Morrison and Placido Polanco even more shorthanded. Olivo

         "I've never been involved in something like that -- to have somebody just leave after batting practice," Redmond told reporters. "I think everyone was kind of in shock. I know it wasn't an ideal situation for him, not getting to play a lot, but at the same time the team relies on you."

         Olivo's playing time dried up after Jeff Mathis returned from the disabled list on May 14, leaving the Marlins with three catchers on the roster. With Mathis and Rob Brantly sharing the catching duties, Olivo had started just once -- as a designated hitter -- since May 12.

         Olivo said he has asked to be released three separate times, but his requests were always refused.

         "They say we need you for pinch-hitting," Olivo said. "I said I've never been a pinch-hitter in my life. That's not my game."

          Olivo said he once again pleaded for his release with Marlins general manager Michael Hill before Friday's game, but to no avail. Olivo said he then watched the first inning from inside the clubhouse before showering, dressing and leaving.

          "I don't understand," Olivo said. "If I'm not doing nothing, I don't understand why they keep me doing nothing. Let me go. Right now they're going to make me look bad, and I'm not. I hope people understand. I just want to play baseball. They have three catchers."

          Olivo can't sign with another team while on the restricted list, nor will he continue to be paid the remainder of his $800,000 salary.

          "I'm just praying to God they release me and don't be selfish," he said. "I've been very professional. I've done everything I could to help the team. They're only hurting one person, and that's me. I'm a nice person. I don't want to hurt nobody."

           Olivo, who was signed by the Marlins at the end of spring training, hit .203 with four home runs in mostly part-time duty with the Marlins. The Marlins called up outfielder Jordan Brown from Triple A New Orleans to fill Olivo's spot on the 25-man roster.

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FJEFF

Good for Olivo...add this chapter to the book of stupid amateur moves by an inept rinky-dink FO..

TheTruth

Stupid Marlins. The next shoe to fall will be Stanton getting traded. They better get good prospects for him to make up for the @hitstorm that will surely follow another young superstar being traded (Cabrera). Can't wait for 2015 so Loria can get his money and leave town with a one-way ticket to hell.

Eddie S

Olivo has 4 homers is an excellent catcher and has some speed for a catcher. Mathis may have talent as a catcher but he can't hit , .HE NEVER COULD HIT WHY NOT PLAY OLIVO MORE WHO IS A POWER THREAT WHICH THE MARLINS SORELY NEED !!. WOW MATHIS IS HITTING 132 THAT WARRANTS MORE PLAYING TIME WHAT A JOKE .PLAY OLIVO AGAINST LEFTIES AND PINCH HIT AND HE WILL STAY!!!

Manny E.

What happens in 2015?

ratmarlins.com

Lomo the Tool not in line-up today due to back sprain he recieved during his dumbazz attempt at the Gatorade Cooler lift after Tuesdays game. Marlins fans...Can you say jagoff?

juanv

I am glad no one is blaming olivo mathis would be a better trade chip and keep olivo till realmuto gets called up why not trade olivo and get something instead of bad publicity. like always they getno respect from outside market media because of moves like this.

Flav C.

juanv

I couldn't agree more.

smith&wessonoil

Don't praise Olivo. I think he's a pretty good guy, but real men don't walk out on their teammates and leave them shorthanded. There's nothing noble about that and it's going to hurt his chances of catching on with another team. The man was being paid $800,000 to sit on his butt and watch baseball from the best seat in the house. I'd take that job.

Miami Gang That can't shoot straight

just the other day, Olivo hit a pinch hit home run and everyone in the broadcast booth was saying what a great guy he his....what is that all about???

Daren

Olivo just can't do this.
Gotta handle it through your agent no matter how bad the situation. YOU SIGNED A CONTRACT, Miguel!

smith&wessonoil

juanv..The Marlins front office is not concerned with how the media see them. They are concerned about making money, period. But this one isn't on them, it's on Olivo.

smith&wessonoil

Manny E...What happens in 2015? Absolutely nothing. Just somebody's wet dream that Loria will sell when the payback penalty becomes less troublesome. But it's not going to happen.

jason

Didn't olivo get his several hundred thousand bonus for being on the roster 45 days. So now he wants to quit after that passes.

jason

He didn't sign for the minimum so if he is released he will sign with a team for the minimum and then the marlins would still have to make up the difference between his salary and the minimum salary of 480k. So you are looking at 320k over the full year and still over 200k with one third of the season gone. So the marlins will still be paying olivo 200k to do nothing for them the rest of the year if they release him.

ratmarlins.com

Based on their past track record,the Marlins probably sold Olivo a bill of goods just to sign him and then reneged on their promises. Why would a veteran player get so pissed off to walk out BEFORE a game?

Hmmmm

Can the Union force the Marlins to release Olivo so he can sign with another team?

smith&wessonoil

If the union could do that, Stanton, Nolasco and 75 percent of the Marlins would be gone, baby, gone. It would be chaos for every team in the majors.

charles king

One of this day the all Team will walked out the stadium and leave the owner and the Coach playing the team sucks

Ignignokt

Wrong way to handle it Olivo .

Yovanni

Here we go again, Loria and his Napoleon complex. The problem with him is that he's a dictator in the wrong city. He has always had a parenting attitude, so he always wants to "show you who's in control". What he's doing to Olivo is nothing different than what he's done to Marlins Fans, "I'll show you how to trim a payroll", and the fools keep attending his art museum and filling his pockets when they don't attend games by watching them. I follow the Orioles and Manny Machado now. After all, the O's are the only real team Miami has ever had. For those of you too young to know, the O's officially played in Bobby Maduro stadium during Spring Training for many years. I had enough of an art dealer who doesn't love the sport (just the money derived from it) and wants to pretend he is the encarnation of George Steinbrener. In keeping with the art theme, "what a buffon!".

TheTruth

Loria is already planning his exit strategy. No one can handle this type of hate for such a long period of time. He will leave because baseball will eventually force him out. He is making a mockery of the revenue sharing rules. Bud Selig will sit by for only so long because the pressure from other teams will mount. In 2015, hopefully a owner who loves baseball will take over. The only way for Loria to start to repair his image and rapport with this team is to start signing guys like Stanton, Ozuna, and Fernandez. He offered Pujols a contract for $200 million. Why not sign Stanton for 10 years, $200? At least he will able to play out the duration of the contract. Oh, and give out no trade clauses to people like Stanton who deserve it.

Mr. B

At least there are a couple of rational people commenting here. This is unacceptable behaviour in any profession. You're paid to do what your asked by your superiors and serve your organization as they ask. You don't get up and walk out. Unacceptable. Keep him on the restricted list.

samsonsucks.com

Olivo just told the FO what he thinks of them-EFF U!!!

smith&wessonoil

Everybody keeps talking about what Bud Selig will do to Loria. Forget it. Bud Selig is going to do his best to resolve this latest PED crisis to create a legacy for himself as the commish who cracked down on drugs once and for all. And then he's retiring. If anyone takes action against Loria it won't be Bud Selig, so get him off your mind. Loria and Miami fans are the farthest thing from Selig's mind.

Marlin Fan

Please let's stop the delusions that Selig will step in . He and Loria were business partners in Montreal. .............. I like today's lineup, sitting Brantley since he's not allowed to play three games in a row , especially now that he's coming around with the bat . Mathis was to catch the young pitchers , yet he's catching Nolasco today . Great to see Polanco back in there with his aliments and no hitting . When was the last time he had an RBI ? It seems like he's been stuck in 7 for two months .

Master Petersen

Lomo will do a stand-up routine in the Clevelander today. No Cover...No Minimum...No Brains...No Kidding

Stan M

The funny thing is, this might have been a perfect game for Olivo to catch. Had he waited till after the game to walk, he would have looked much better and threw another dart in Loria's balloon as well. I tend to agree with "The Truth" above and also think that someone, somewhere will say "Enough is enough." It might take another year, but Loria will be gone by 2015 in my opinion.
Wonder how much Ozuna's move to CF is affecting him. Probably not at all, but there is a coincidence there.
Marisnick is hot right now, why not test him for a few games and give Ozuna a rest. They're eating him up with those crooked off speed pitches. Last year when Fernandez was so hot in A ball, a LHer named Conley was very close behind. He had been hot and cold in AA ball until recently when he has had several good starts in a row. Great K rate. I'll take him over Sanabia and/or Slowey any day. He's 23 and has a very bright future. Once that magic day when the super 2 no longer applies, I'd like to see both him and Marisnick. One bad note. Brian Flynn, who had been pitching so well, has really been knocked around as of late. Someone above mentioned bringing up Realmuto. Unfortunately, he's putting up Skipworth type numbers and is barely above the Mendoza line.
I really liked Conine and Wilson in the TV booth, even though Preston talks a little too much. He seems to be very observant and added quite a bit of insight into the telecast.

smith&wessonoil

Why does everybody think it's alright to bring guys up and then send then back down at will. Bring Marisnick up when you know he's ready and don't toy with the career of one of your top prospects. Loria's balloon will bust the day he dies, not before.

Master Petersen

Lomo will break in his lounge act at the Clevelander today,doing a stand-up set after the 7th inning stretch. No Cover..No Mimimum..No Brains..No Kidding

rfdtd@aol.com

Any chance Loria and Redmond will quit.

Why are we told how wonderful Redmond is over and over again. He doesn't appear sharp to me. But he does seem to be a real Ass Kisser.

Do you suppose that is why Loria has him here?

Glags

In college I took a psych class where we had to go up in front of the class and say why we were attaining our respective degrees and naturally the common denominator was money. I don't recall the point of the exercise but the lesson has stuck with me for over 15 years now. If you do something for money your no better than a whore turning tricks.

While its a hard to condone walking out on a team it's more likely that Olivo did not feel that he was part of the team. 800k is nothing to scoff but its hard to believe that he was playing for the money. He considers or identifies himself as a baseball player and all he was asking for is an opportunity to play which he clearly wasn't getting. Good for him for standing up for himself.

GM

Last time I checked this bum has a legal contract. They are making good on their obligation which is paying his 800k salary regardless if he plays or not. His obligation is to show up and be part of the team. Is this a lot to ask? Really? Really!
Tough life tough atmosphere Tough way to make 800k. Now the leader he is or rather isn't decides to show up before the game goes through warm ups and then thinks its a great idea to abondon his job and his teammates before the game starts. Grow up. Zero leadership in his DNA.

Spicoli

Maybe he didnt want to be in the Feesh Bowl anymore

Stan M

People believe it's all right to bring up a player for a look see and then send him down again because it's a perfectly acceptable process that's been done forever. And who is to say that Marisnick isn't ready. I thought he needed at least the rest of this year in the minors. However, he's hitting quite well with the exception of his walk/K ratio. So why not? There is nothing to lose this year as long as they wait for the super 2 status to pass. Then again there is the extra expense factor, but Loria is never worried about the costas we all know.

Rowdy Yates

bring em up,send em down...roll em, roll em, roll em, keep them doggies rollin...

luxury luigi

If loria wants a look at jake m., let him take a greyhound to jacksonville. Outfielders aren't the marlins problem right now.

the Grim Reaper

Why do you people care? Most of you will be dead before the Marlins are in the World Series again

GM

Loria keeps laughing all the way to the bank everyday. U 9k fans here Plz keep going to the home games consistently. Loria luvs you. Keep buying parking, tickets, food , drinks, beer, hats, jerseys, balls, bats and other merchandise. Plz keep doing this so Loria can laugh louder to the bank. He really cares about you and this city genuinely. He cares about the product you 9k witness everytime u 9k go to the ball park. He cares about you and your family and the product he is selling you 9k. Loria is committed to you 9 k. This is a good investment for your entertainment ROI Right????

Eddie S

OLIVO WAS WRONG HOWEVER MATHIS ACCORDING TO REDMOND IF YOUR A CATCHER + YOUR GOOD DEFENSIVELY YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HIT. MATHIS HAS NEVER HIT IN HIS LIFE. HE IS THE WORSE HITTING CATCHER IN BASEBALL AT 122. OLIVO SHOULD PLATOON WITH BRANTLY. OLIVO HAS 4 HOMERS AND THE OTHER 2 CATCHERS HAVE NONE AND THEY PLAYED
MUCH MORE . THE MARLINS NEED POWER NOT ANEMIC HITTING!!!!!!

juanv

anybody see hechevrria start to bat yet. he's had some big hits but most of the time it's an easy out.I don't like his range neither some times he's totally out of the picture. I have been lucky enough that the local team picked up Miguel sano in double a and wow what a player great range big dude seen him make 7 or 8 great defensive plays at third and he definetly gets pitched around tremendous pop saw a area marlin scout at the twins and Altoona (pirate affi) I wonder who is getting moved

JUAN YANES

WHO UNDERSTAND THE MARLINS MANAGEMENT? THEY NEVER TAKE IN ACCOUNT THE FANS FEELINGS AND AKNOWLEDGES. IF THEY DID SO IN NEW YORK I AM SURE THE PRESS KILL THEM, BUT HERE IN MIAMI THE PRESS PREFER OVERLOOK THEIR SPORTS WASTE.
OLIVO IS BETTER THAN MATHIS, EVERYBODY KNOWS, MAINLY OFF LEFTIES PITCHERS, HE CAN ADD POWER TO A WEAK LINE UP, NEVERTHELESS, MR. REDMOND PREFER A PLAYER LIKE HIM (WEAK) INSTEAD, IN MANY GAMES HE ALLOWED MATHIS GO BAT WITH THE TIE RUN IN SCORING POSITION INSTEAD OF PUT A PINCH HITTER.

JUAN YANES

THE PRESS IN NEW YORK IS VERY SHARP OFF METS MANAGER COLLINS, WHO IS IN MY OPINION A GOOD MANAGER BECAUSE HE DOES FEW MISTAKES. GIVE THANKS TO GOD (REDMOND) THAT MARLINS IS IN MIAMI.

JUAN YANES

OLIVO IS SUFFERING THE SAME THAN HE SUFFERED IN 2006 WITH TRENOR, WHEN THEN COACH GIRALDI, ALTERNATE BOTH BEING OLIVO THE BEST; NOW OLIVO IS THE BEST AMONG BRANTLEY AND MATHIS BUT WHO KNOWS WHY REDMOND AS GIRALDY CHOICE THE WORST., MAKE A POOL AMONG THE FANS AND WILL GET THE ANSWER

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