The Marlins have only retired two baseball related numbers in their history. One of them, every team in baseball has retired, the number Jackie Robinson wore, #42. The other jersey number the Marlins retired belonged to the Marlins first President, Carl Barger. Here is why the Marlins retired Mr. Barger’s jersey number:
Carl Barger – #5
On July 8, 1991, Carl Barger, President of the Pittsburgh Pirates since 1987, was hired as the Marlins first President. Just over one year later, on December 9, 1992, Barger collapsed during a session at the baseball winter meetings in Louisville, KY. He passed away few hours later in the Humana University Hospital. The following February, the Marlins dedicated their Brevard County training complex, when team owner Wayne Huizenga announced the complex would be named the Carl F. Barger Complex at Viera. On April 5, 1993, the Marlins retired uniform No. 5 in honor of their late president during Opening Day festivities.
Logan Morrison, who wore #20 for the past two seasons for the Marlins, announced on his twitter his number switch. Morrison went on to mention how it is an honor to be able to wear Mr. Barger’s number. Morrison also tweeted a pic of his new jersey and his number, which I have below.
While this is pretty cool news for Morrison, that is not the only news to report today. Here is an update on Yoenis Cespedes from MLBTradeRumors:
Yoenis Cespedes met with Marlins brass this week and returned to the Domincan Republic with an offer worth roughly $40MM over six years, a source close to the negotiations told Eric Reynoso of Cafe Fuerte.
If the Marlins get Cespedes for $40 million over 6 years, Marlins fans should be elated. It was reported earlier in the week Cespedes is seeking a contract of $60 million.