FORT MYERS, Fla. — Florida Marlins officials were “outraged” the Red Sox did not field a representative team for this afternoon’s game in Jupiter.
The Sun Sentinel newspaper also reported the Marlins planned to contact Major League Baseball about the situation.
MLB requires teams to field spring training lineups with “a minimum of four players who were regulars on the previous year’s major league team or who were platooned on the previous year’s major league team on a regular basis, or who have a reasonable chance to be regulars on the major league club’s squad during the upcoming season.”
Each of those regulars, excluding pitchers, must play a minimum of three complete innings.
The Red Sox lineup included only one player — center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. — who fits that description.
The Marlins raised ticket prices for the game, labeling the Red Sox a “super premium” attraction.