MLB players pushed back on holiday hat-sales cash grab

The Marlins have allocated all of $700,000 MLB paid the team as a result of Jose Fernandez’s death to a trust for the late Marlins pitcher’s 3-month old daughter and to his mother, The Miami Herald reported, citing unidentified industry sources.

MLB policy calls for $1 million to be paid out to a team when an active player dies, but Fernandez, who died Sept. 25 in a boating accident, was found to have traces of cocaine in his system and a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit at the time of the wreck, so MLB’s insurance company balked at paying the full amount.

The insurance company and MLB recently negotiated a $700,000 payout, according to The Herald, which was passed through the Marlins to a trust to pay for infant Penelope Fernandez’s education and to help take care of Maritza Fernandez, the pitcher’s mother.

Later Monday, at least four Tigers players ’ second baseman Andrew Romine, third baseman Nicholas Castellanos and pitchers Justin Verlander and Alex Wilson ’ made the subtle choice to display poppies on their Memorial Day-themed uniforms during Monday’s game in Kansas City.

The poppy as a symbol of remembering war dead dates to after World War I, and since then the flower has become the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization.

At least what aptly called an ugly piece of apparel whose very existence is rooted in crass marketing, cheap emotional pandering, and bad civics conjured up a solution: More than one person has suggested instead of selling apparel, MLB teams instead donate to charities every dollar from ticket sales on apparel-worthy holidays.

That would 1) get more MLB money to worthy causes such as Welcome Back Veterans and 2) usher in a New Era of honoring a holiday and not merely hawking hats.

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