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Miceli's comments led to Boles' firing

6/25/2001

MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins on Monday placed controversial reliever Dan Miceli on waivers.

Any team can claim Miceli for the waiver fee of $20,000. If he is not claimed, the Marlins could keep him on the
roster or send him to the minor leagues. Miceli, 30, has
the right to refuse a demotion and become a free agent.

The Miami Herald reported the move Monday.

Marlins general manager Dave Dombrowski spent the last month
trying to trade Miceli, who criticized the coaching staff for
making "stupid moves," then ripped his teammates for not backing
him up.

Miceli's strong words were directed mainly at manager John
Boles, who was fired the next day for losing control of the
clubhouse.

Marlins manager Tony Perez has been reluctant to let Miceli
pitch since, using him just five times this month. Miceli is 0-5
with a 6.93 ERA.

Earlier this month, Miceli said: "Maybe a change of uniform
would be good for me. It's probably the best thing for the team and
the fans, too."