The Marlins had no comment, but a source said team executives were "outraged" and planned to contact the league office. A league spokesperson said the matter would be reviewed.
Major League Baseball has specific guidelines about Grapefruit and Cactus League lineups. Its 2014 regulations state teams should field: "A minimum of four players who are 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."
Red Sox GM Ben Cherington has since reached out to the Marlins and apologized, according to The Palm Beach Post:
Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill received an e-mail from Red Sox GM Ben Cherington during their game on Thursday apologizing for Boston’s predominantly minor league lineup.
Cherington said "they had some injuries and were working on some things," Hill said. "He apologized. So I don’t know if that meant he got a call from the league or what."
By the way, the Sox-Marlins game ended in a 0-0 tie. Here’s the box score — good luck finding any big names on Boston’s side:
Now we just have to wait for the Marlins to apologize to their fans for fielding such a bad team.