A Red Sox-Marlins rivalry brought to you by Spring Training
On Thursday, the Marlins reportedly expressed concern over the roster the Red Sox sent to their matchup at Roger Dean Stadium, indicating Boston's team didn't include the required number of regular players set forth by the MLB Spring Training guidelines.
Just two of the position players in Boston's starting lineup -- Jackie Bradley Jr. and Ryan Lavarnway -- had previously appeared in big league games. MLB guidelines state teams should have a minimum of four players who are regulars or have platooned the previous season.
When asked about the roster following the game, Red Sox manager John Farrell explained why the decision was made:
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington later apologized to Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill:
Then, on Saturday, Red Sox owner John Henry tweeted out his own thoughts on lineups and apologies:
They should apologize for their regular season lineup.- John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) March 8, 2014