It was reported by Jon Heyman of the New York Post that the Marlins recently had a team meeting with Chisholm as the subject. Among other things, Heyman reported that “teammates apparently aren’t always as enamored as fans who love the style and sizzle.”
But if the Marlins aren’t enamored with Chisholm’s performance, they probably aren’t paying attention. On Tuesday, Chisholm blasted two home runs in Miami’s 12-2 victory over the Washington Nationals. The Marlins defeated the Houston Astros 7-4 on Friday, with Chisholm playing a major role.
Chisholm was the first hitter of the game on Friday and got the game started in a great way for Miami.
All-Star behavior. pic.twitter.com/KpGSMfZbVQ
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) June 11, 2022
But Chisholm didn’t stop there. In the fifth inning and launched another home run.
JAZZ CHISHOLM JR. WITH ANOTHER BLAST
— Bally Sports Florida: Marlins (@BallyMarlins) June 11, 2022
Baseball fans heaped a great deal of praise onto Chisholm.
— B-L-M, Nash bullied me into changing my name (@advancedstats23) June 11, 2022
Jazz Chisholm is going to start the All Star Game and this is just the greatest thing for the sport
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) June 11, 2022
Jazz Chisholm Jr. is putting on quite a show.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) June 11, 2022
We’re getting to the point where Jazz Chisholm is approaching “best 2B in baseball” territory #marlins
— Louis Addeo-Weiss (@addeo_louis00) June 11, 2022
Apparently the Marlins need to have meetings about hating Jazz Chisholm more often dude is on fire
— Brian Schlosser (@brian_slosh) June 11, 2022
Jazz Chisholm. Man. Do whatever you want after a home run. Second home run. He's dynamic.
— Dave Hyde (@davehydesports) June 11, 2022
I think it’s safe to say that 29 other Major League clubs would pull the trigger on a Jazz Chisholm trade. Two home runs for him today, he took that meeting personally.
— Sam F (@discussbaseball) June 11, 2022
Chisholm can be outspoken and sure, that can be grating, particularly to those who are around him as often as his teammates are. Following Friday’s game, Chisholm is hitting .259/.314/.559 with 12 home runs and 10 stolen bases his season. There aren’t many second baseman in baseball putting up those kind of stats, let alone 24-year-olds.
Chisholm would not be the first athlete whose antics get under the skin of some of his teammates. While Rodman was the comparison, his Chicago Bulls teammate, Michael Jordan, could do that, as well. If the player is good enough, his team needs to find a way to make it work or risk losing him.
Miami would do well to find a way to make it work. Chisholm is already a great player and is on the rise. This is not a player that the Marlins should want to see leave Miami any time soon.