Red Hot Marlins keep Jazz Chisholm under control
Don Mattingly got his Marlins together for a well-timed reunion, inspiring perhaps their best game of the year (a 12-2 Tuesday win over the Nationals) and winning streak. Jazz Chisholm has become a star in Miami. But Chisholm turned out to be the subject of criticism during the team reunion, sources say, as teammates apparently aren’t always as in love as the style-loving, sizzle-loving fans.
Mattingly said he didn’t want anyone talking behind anyone’s back, and maybe a little honesty worked. Asked what was specifically said to Chisholm, Marlins general manager Kim Ng declined to elaborate: “Reluctant to provide more details – glad everyone is responding.”
Chisholm went out and hit two home runs that game, and later in an interview on MLB Network said, “I got this tool called, I don’t care. I just go out there and have fun.
One person, who suggested his teammates might be ‘jealous’, said: ‘Jazz is like Dennis Rodman. He will always be a lightning rod. But he works and plays hard.
Ng had a simple explanation for Chisholm’s recent exploits: “He’s good.”
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