orange12 wrote:You know what, I'm going to have to side with the Marlins organization on this one. Even if what Burnett said was 100% dead on, it was simply not his place to say it. He's not an experienced veteran like Jeff Kent (who called out Milton Bradley earlier this year) or even Billy Wagner (who criticized his team before the trade deadline) nor is he a clubhouse leader or captain of the team therefore him calling out the team's coaching staff was out of line and the punishment was fitting if not too lenient.
In team sports, trust in your fellow teammate is crucial. Thats why unwritten rules like what happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse are created. In Burnett's case, he called out not just a teammate but his superiors after he himself pitched poorly. If he truly had a problem he should have dealt with it "in house" so to speak. Breaking it out to the media is a cardinal sin as far as professional team sports is concerned.
Agreed. The main problem, in my mind, is actually the fact that he's been pitching so terribly this past month. If he were going out there and doing his job, then he might have some credibility when he criticizes the management. Right now it just sounds like he's a crybaby--instead of being a man and admitting that he's pitching like a big pile of dung, he has to go blame someone else. Even if he has a valid gripe, that's still how it comes across to me.
If I were a GM, this whole incident would make me shy away from A.J.--I mean, no one wants a disloyal player. Of course, I have no doubts that he'll be getting a fat paycheck from someone next year.