The Miami Marlins are considering filing an official complaint to Major League Baseball after the Boston Red Sox fielded a below par lineup for their spring training game earlier today according to Deadspin.com.
The Red Sox fielded only two players with any major league experience in Ryan Lavarnway and Jackie Bradley Jr. MLB insist that four players with major league experience or projected major league players should be used in spring training matchups.
Juan Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel wrote: "Teams tend to play fast and loose with the four-regular rule, but Thursday’s Red Sox team was a gross violation." He also stated that front office officials are reporedly "outraged".
However Red Sox manager, John Farrell did not think much of the situation:
"You deal with travel. You deal with availability of players. You deal with what we're trying to get done. The integrity of the game and for what the fans are going to come and see, we certainly take that into account, but our team is the priority, the individual needs guys have."
The game ended at 0-0 when a rain delay hit in the 8th inning meaning that fans that travelled to the game were left very disappointed. Those were the same fans that were charged up to $12 more than they usually would for a spring training game.
The Marlins have not refunded any tickets for the game and are yet to make an official complaint over the issue.