09/18/12 8:25 PM ET
Charitable work has LoMo up for Clemente Award
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
His efforts have raised more than $200,000 for the American Lung Association, a cause that he's personally passionate about. A few years ago, Morrison's father, Tom, passed away from lung cancer.
Morrison also has done charitable work for the Miami Children's Hospital, agreeing to shave his head a few months ago to raise awareness.
For his charitable efforts, Morrison is the Marlins' nominee for the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award, which honors players' off-the-field contributions.
The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet pays tribute to Clemente's achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. The award is named for the 15-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
All 30 MLB clubs have a representative, and fans can vote for the winner on MLB.com.
"I'm truly honored to be selected as the Marlins nominee for the 2012 Roberto Clemente award," Morrison said via his @LoMoMarlins Twitter account.
Morrison recently underwent surgery on his right knee, and he's currently on the 60-day disabled list.
"LoMo is the type of player that he will help any organization," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "LoMo can go from here to any another team, and he will win it. He will be there, because that's what he likes. He likes to help people, help kids. I'm very proud, because the community means a lot to the Marlins.
"I was part of two organizations, the White Sox and the Marlins. The two owners and the people around them, they've huge in the community. That's very important."
Guillen adds that any player should be honored to be up for the award named after one of the greatest humanitarians ever to play any sport.
"Because of who [Clemente] was, what he meant to people, why they give this award away," Guillen said. "This isn't because you hit. This isn't because you pitch. This is because you help others. That's very important."
Ozzie ready for any course of action in offseason
MIAMI -- The way the Marlins have performed this year should put everyone in the organization on edge.
That's the way manager Ozzie Guillen sees it.
"Everybody here right now at this moment should be mad, upset and disappointed. ... Everyone," Guillen said of the club's last-place standing.
Although he is signed through 2015, Guillen has not been informed about his status for next year. The manager accepts the blame for the team's record, and says people shouldn't point fingers at the front office. Ultimately, owner Jeffrey Loria will decide what happens next.
Loria has repeatedly said he won't make any decisions until after the season.
"That's Loria's job," Guillen said. "Who's coming in, who's coming back, who's leaving, who's staying, that's it."
Guillen clearly wants a second season to help turn things around.
"That's not up to me," he said. "If it was up to me, I'd love to be here next year. If it was up to me, yes. It's up to them.
"Did I take the blame for this? Yes, 100 percent. If we win the World Series, who holds the trophy? Me. I'd be the first one [kissing the trophy]. We finish in last place, I take the responsibility. Myself. Ozzie Guillen. Blame me."
Stanton's compression sleeve a hit among fans
MIAMI -- At first, Giancarlo Stanton wore the sleeve for preventive reasons. Now it's become a fashion statement.
The bright orange sleeve that covers Stanton's right arm was even included on the slugger's bobblehead. Technically, the shade of color is "red-orange," which is part of the Marlins' new uniforms and logo.
Occasionally, you will see fans of all ages at Marlins Park also donning red-orange sleeve.
The "sleeved one" began wearing a black compression sleeve dating back to 2010.
"Initially, my rookie year, my elbow was bothering me," said Stanton, who made his big league debut on June 8, 2010.
To help his elbow, he would rub on some heating ointment, and he used a black compression sleeve to cover it.
As part of the franchise makeover when they moved into flashy Marlins Park, Stanton decided to go with a different look.
"Even when it didn't hurt, I decided, 'Hey, I'm going to make it kind of colorful,'" Stanton said.
More for peace of mind, Stanton continues to wear the sleeve, because he became used to playing with it.
The change this year is the bright color. He wears the red-orange sleeve pretty much every time the team isn't wearing their red-orange jerseys.
Only a couple of times, he's worn the black sleeve. His look has become red-orange, and fans have taken notice.
"Now it's famous," Stanton said. "It's good."
Stanton was out of the lineup on Tuesday night and will also sit out Wednesday night's series finale against the Braves. The slugger is resting a sore left intercostal muscle. Stanton last played on Sunday against the Reds.
The Marlins are off on Thursday before opening a three-game set at the Mets on Friday. The hope is Stanton will be ready by the first game in New York, but the team won't take any chances if the slugger isn't completely right.
The roof at Marlins Park was open on Tuesday for the eighth time this season, the previous one being the three-game series with the Red Sox, June 11-13. The team hopes to have the roof open a couple of more times this year, but it depends on the weather.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the roof began to close because of approaching rain. The estimated time to open and close the roof is 11-14 minutes.