This Day in Marlins History: Mike Cameron is released

Mike Ehrmann

This Day in Marlins History Mike Cameron is released and becomes a major controversy. Cameron released with three weeks left in the season leaving the Marlins with 39 men on their 40-man roster.

On this date in Marlins History, September 13th, 2011 former Marlins outfielder Mike Cameron was released by the Florida Marlins after a verbal altercation with a flight attendant, the Miami Herald reported back in 2011.

In a report from Seattle pi. "There was no physical contact during the altercation, but the charter company fielded a complaint. According to reports the altercation was a disturbing verbal dispute on Sunday September 13, 2011. Cameron, 38, was released Monday for "conduct detrimental to the team." He was hitting .238 and likely was not in the team’s plans for 2012."

Over Cameron's career he had a lifetime slash line of .249/.338/.444 with a wOBA of .341. He had eight season of 20 or more home-runs for his career totaling 278 home runs. For Cameron it wasn't all about the offense; he was a two way player showing Gold Glove-caliber defense throughout his tenure in the Major Leagues. Cameron regularly sat around a .46 BB/K ratio. One thing Cameron struggled with mightily was strikeouts as he he led the league in 2002 with 176 strikeouts for the Seattle Mariners.

Overall his tenure with Florida didn't turn out to be that good even though Boston paid most of his salary for 2011. Cameron's career was hitting its last legs as his best years were behind him. Amid the controversy Cameron still is regarded as a class act on the field and a great mentor to young players over his 17 year career.

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