If the timing of the Florida Marlins’ release of veteran outfielder Mike Cameron seemed odd, a report Wednesday offered an explanation.
Cameron, a 38-year-old former All-Star, was released late Monday night following the Marlins’ victory over the Atlanta Braves. The Miami Herald website reported Wednesday that the move followed Cameron’s verbal altercation with a flight attendant on the team charter Sunday night from Pittsburgh to Atlanta.
Although things did not get physical, according to the report, which cited two sources, the charter company filed a complaint with the team.
Cameron started this season with the Boston Red Sox but was designated for assignment after batting .149 in 94 at-bats. The Marlins then traded for him, and he delivered a .238 batting average and six home runs in in 143 at-bats.
Cameron has played for eight teams in 17 major league seasons. An All-Star in 2001 with the Seattle Mariners, he has a .249 career batting average with 278 home runs, 297 stolen bases and 1,901 strikeouts. He has three Gold Glove Awards and is one of 15 batters to hit four home runs in one game.
The Marlins entered Wednesday with 15 games left in the season. Playing time for rookie Bryan Petersen figures to increase in Cameron’s absence.