Throughout spring training, Aaron Rowand was the go-to expert inside the Marlins’ clubhouse on Showtime’s “The Franchise” series. The veteran outfielder played with San Francisco last year when production crews were filming behind-the-scenes episodes on the Giants.
Rowand told everyone — teammates, staff members and even reporters — that they’d get so used to the production crews that eventually they’d forget they were even there. As it turns out, Rowand’s final breath as a big-leaguer could now end up in the series, which is taking an inside look at the Marlins this time around. With cameras rolling and pointed at his face for the reaction, Rowand on Thursday was released.
“I’ll either go somewhere else if another teams needs an outfielder,” Rowand said, dressed in street clothes as he prepared to leave the Marlins’ spring training complex. “And, if not, I’ll probably take it to the house, call it a career. Not everybody gets to decide when they’re going to hang ’em up.”
...Releasing Rowand was especially difficult for Guillen, as the outfielder was a starter on his 2005 Chicago White Sox team that won the World Series.
“It was very hard,” Guillen said. “I felt, when we brought him here, I was pretty sure he would make the club. But it’s not what I say. It’s what we say. There [were] better guys than him during spring training.”
Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:09 PM | 27 comment(s)
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