No. 5 "unretired" by Marlins a bizarre move

By Will Manso, Sports Director, wmanso@Local10.com
Published On: Feb 12 2012 05:50:24 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 12 2012 05:50:27 PM EST
Will Manso

In an offseason of great moves, the Miami Marlins made a poor one on Saturday.  They decided to take the No. 5 out of retirement and let Logan Morrison wear it.

To many of you, that retired number means little in the history of the franchise.  To others, you may remember why it was retired in the first place.

The team retired the number before the 1993 inaugural season in honor of the team's first president, Carl Barger.

Barger died of an aneurysm during the 1992 Winter Meetings. No. 5 was retired in Barger’s memory because his favorite player was Joe DiMaggio.

It was a classy move for a team about to begin its run as a major league franchise.  I can't say the same about the Miami Marlins move to have it unretired.

I must point out; the number also means a lot to Morrison.  He's wearing it to remember his late father, who passed away from lung cancer.  No. 5 was his favorite number for his son because they loved watching former Royals star George Brett.  I hold nothing against Morrison for wanting that number, but that's not the point.

Barger is a significant person in the history of baseball in South Florida, and he never got to see a game on the field.  For 19 years, the No. 5 retired served as a reminder of his importance.  Now, in an instant, the Marlins made the bizarre move of bringing it back into circulation.  

Barger will get a plaque in the concourse at the new ballpark, and that's a nice gesture.  Still, in an offseason filled with smart decisions by the organization, count this decision as a silly and tacky move. 

 

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