May 5, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo (21) talks with a trainer during an at bat during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 14-2. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Catcher Miguel Olivo took what was only his sixth walk of the season last night, leaving the team after the Marlins denied his request to be released. The veteran catcher has since been placed on the restricted list and cannot seek other employment.
After being relegated to third string catcher behind Rob Brantly and Jeff Mathis, Olivo has only nine at bats in the month of June. Like many other fans, Olivo didn’t see the logic behind carrying three catchers on the roster and begged for his release in a hilarious tantrum, via Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.
"“I told them I wanted to be released and they wouldn’t give it to me,” said Olivo, who has been unhappy with his lack of playing time, in a phone interview with the Miami Herald.” I don’t understand why they don’t release me. I told them I wanted to be released because I have 30 days of not playing. I need to play.”“I don’t understand,” Olivo said. “If I’m not doing nothing, I don’t understand why they keep me doing nothing. Let me go. Right now they’re going to make me look bad, and I’m not. I hope people understand. I just want to play baseball. They have three catchers.”"
Despite his double negatives and sulky attitude, travelling with three backstops has never made sense. The extra luggage made even less sense considering Mathis is kept around to mentor Brantly defensively, reserving Olivo strictly to pinch-hitting duty. Olivo owns a .203/.250/.392 line this season, and is undefeated in foot races against Rob Brantly.