Mission to Iraq

Before Spring Training gets underway in February, several members of the Marlins organization will be headed overseas.

Doing their part to meet and support the troops, a Marlins contingent will be headed to Iraq and possibly Kuwait at the end of the month.

Chris Coghlan, catcher John Baker and manager Fredi Gonzalez are scheduled to make the visit to Iraq. A representative from the organization, and few of the Marlins Mermaids also will be on the week-long trip.

A few weeks back, the Marlins took the intiative to do their part in offering support to the military. The organization approached the State Department, and final details are being put into place.

Coghlan’s brother, Kevin, is a corporal in the United States Marines. So the trip is taking on special meaning for the 2009 N.L. Rookie of the Year.

Gonzalez is an avid supporter of the military. In December, the Marlins manager attended the Army-Navy football game with his son, Alex.

— Joe Frisaro


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