Hill clarifies controversy of Red Sox lineup
JUPITER, Fla. — Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill on Friday shed some light on the flap surrounding the Minor League-filled lineup the Red Sox went with during Thursday’s Grapefruit League game.
Hill noted that during the game, he received an e-mail from Boston general manager Ben Cherington.
“We got an e-mail from their GM, saying they had some injuries, and they were working on some things,” Hill said. “He apologized. It was during the game. I don’t know if that meant he got a call from the league.”
MLB has a guideline regarding Spring Training rosters. Basically, each team is required to have either four regulars or platoon players or starters from the previous season.
Failure to do so could lead to discipline up to a fine.
Hill added that MLB monitors all the Spring Training lineups, and if there is an issue, it is handled directly between the league and the team.
The Marlins never contacted MLB to protest or issue any kind of complaint.
“It’s a Major League Baseball rule that you have to have a specific number of regulars,” Hill said. “The league monitors all of our lineups. So if there was an issue, they will deal directly with the Red Sox.”
A report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel said the Marlins were outraged.
“That’s a little strong,” Hill said.
Travel rosters are an issue every Spring Training, and in recent years the Marlins received a notice from the league over a lineup they sent to the Mets in Port St. Lucie.
As for Thursday, Hill said that was between MLB and the Red Sox.
“It happens, but that’s with them and the league,” Hill said. “It’s more of the Red Sox fans, who thought we were playing the Red Sox. Thought they’d get a lot bigger names than they got.”
– Joe Frisaro