Coghlan joining Marlins on Mideast trip

Updated: January 22, 2010, 1:12 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez has packed a dozen balls and a glove for the organization's upcoming tour of Iraq and Kuwait.

"You never know. Maybe we'll do a little scouting trip while we're there," Gonzalez said with a chuckle Friday.

The more serious goal is to spread some goodwill among the troops.

Joining Gonzalez will be NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan, catcher John Baker, president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest and four members of the team's ...

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