Miguel Rojas forcefully claps back at Jazz Chisholm's criticism from Marlins days

There's no love lost between the current Dodgers infielder and his old running mate.

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Last week, Marlins star Jazz Chisholm sat down for a long interview on The Pivot and dedicated a few minutes to speaking about past tensions between young players and veterans on the team. In a clip that's since been widely circulated, Chisholm said a vet recognized as a Marlins leader was "not a good captain, not a good person, not even a good athlete at this point," then went on to share an anecdote involving Miami's No. 4 prospect in 2020, Jesús Sánchez, being reprimanded by veterans for doing a version of the Soto Shuffle soon after being called up.

Chisholm never named any of the veterans involved, but fans pretty much immediately deduced that he was talking about current Dodger Miguel Rojas, who was a Marlin for eight years and was Chisholm's teammate for three. We rarely see these kinds of direct, personal attacks between active players, which made Chisholm's comments even more startling.

But Rojas has gotten his say about things too. He also took to a podcast — in this case, The Chris Rose Rotation — not only to defend himself but to throw it back a bit at Chisholm.

He said, "Everybody's entitled to have their own opinion. Whatever you want to say about me as a player, you can have that opinion. But you saying that I'm a bad person when you don't even know me, that's what bothers me."

Dodgers' Miguel Rojas responds to criticism from former teammate Jazz Chisholm regarding tensions in Marlins clubhouse

Rojas definitely alluded to a fractured personal relationship with Chisholm ("I'm not expecting everybody to like me, and I don't like everybody"), but he also said that clubhouse issues should be kept to the clubhouse, and that it was unprofessional to air that dirty laundry publicly. He said that respect for everyone was paramount in the clubhouse, and that seniority should be recognized and respected by incomers.

From the beginning, this issue has seemed split along generational lines. There are a lot of unspoken, unwritten rules about how players should conduct themselves both on the field and off, and there are veterans who are meant to enforce those rules and young players who want to push back against them. No matter where you come down, Rojas definitely came out on the other side of this beef looking like the bigger person. He didn't engage in personal attacks, and it seems likely that he'll put this issue to bed and go right back to being a veteran leader in the Dodgers clubhouse and, contrary to Chisholm's statement, being one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball.