The Miami Marlins aren't the first club to grumble about an opponent sending a lineup of reserve players to a road game in the Grapefruit League. There's a rule — it might just be an "understanding" — that any spring lineup for a game that counts in the standings should have at least four major league players in it and they need to play at least three full innings. So the fans, who pay the money for tickets, actually get to see some major leaguers in preseason action. And so the home team, which might have nine or 10 major leaguers in its lineup, plus more in reserve, can practice against like talent.
Sometimes the visiting team abides by this policy, and sometimes it doesn't. And it's not often you see an apology from a team for sending players with low "Q" ratings — but the Boston Red Sox did, after the Marlins let everyone know how unhappy they were with the quality of their opponent Thursday.
The reason the Marlins were upset definitely had to do with selling tickets. For the firstRead More »from Red Sox GM apologizes to Marlins for sending 'minor league' lineup to Grapefruit game