Marlins players fail to show for charity event

By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer

MIAMI (AP) – Mired in a seven-game losing streak, Miami Marlins players have further angered their fans by failing to show as advertised for a charity event.

The organization had said players would attend the event to benefit the inner cities baseball program. When no players showed, fans complained on social media, and team president David Samson said he was disappointed, too.

The event was Thursday evening at Marlins Park and began 3 1/2 hours after the team lost to Arizona, completing a four-game series sweep. Player attendance was optional, but some players who committed to go did not show, Samson said.

The group absence raised suspicions they were protesting the recent firing of manager Mike Redmond. Reliever Steve Cishek said the losing streak simply left the team in no mood to socialize.

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