Originally posted on The Sports Rocker  |  Last updated 10/25/12
Who is going to be the next manager of the Marlins? I'm sure baseball pundits everywhere will have a short list out in a few weeks, if not sooner. I can tell you who won't be on the list.Since 2006, the Marlins and owner Jeffrey Loria have chewed through managers like big leaguers go through  sunflower seeds.Here is the recent sad history of the Marlins and their managers.Joe Girardi: One season, 2006. Manager of the year for 2006, when the Marlins had the lowest payroll in MLB. He got into an argument with Loria at a game in August when the bench was warned due to Loria's heckling of the home plate umpire from Loria's field level seats. He was fired at the end of the season.Fredi Gonzalez: 2007- June 2010. Has the most wins as manager of the Marlins. For 2008-2009, the Marlins had the lowest payroll in MLB, and Gonzalez lead them to winning records both seasons. Fired June 23, 2010.Edwin Rodriguez: 2010 - 2011. Rodriguez replaced Gonzalez as interim manager, and was named manager through the rest of the season. Rodriguez continued as manager through the 2011 season, but resigned abruptly on June 19, 2011, almost a year to the day Gonzalez was fired. Rumors were swirling that he was about to get fired. The Marlins were in last place at the time.Jack McKeon: Managed the Marlins for the rest of the 2011 season. He resigned, as expected.Ozzie Guillen: One season, 2012. He was fired. Justly so. Much coveted by Loria, he probably ended up being the worst possible head coach Loria could hire in Miami.With the exception of the 2012 season, where Loria went on an odd spending spree for free agents, he has generally been a cheapskate. Twice the Marlins have won the World Series, in 1997 and 2003, and each time there has been a fire sale of pending high-priced free agents. Loria has shown that he will probably not re-sign talent if he has to pay for it.So who would want to manage that team?Someone who doesn't like their current situation and feels held back. Someone with an ego. I know, I was thinking Ozzie Guillen, too! Any current staff manager (bench manager, or base coach, etc.) that is employed by a good team, and likes their current situation, even though they may not be a head coach, will probably balk at the Marlins job. With Loria having such an itchy trigger finger, and penchant for firing quality managers, you only take that job as a last resort.One name that has been mentioned is Jeff Conine, who played for the Marlins in two tours. Conine now works in the Marlins front office. If you're already in the front office, why would you step down to manage, when you're possibly being groomed as an up-and-coming general manager? Besides, he has already stated that he is satisfied with his current position.The Fish Pond has a great list of possible replacements. Among them, is retired catcher Mike Redmond, who played with the Marlins. Honestly, I don't know much about Redmond, except that he has ties to the Marlins. But at this point, it's hard to argue against retired catchers as major league managers (see Girardi, Mike Scioscia, and [gasp] Fredi Gonzalez). Redmond has one year of managerial experience managing Toronto's class A affiliate. So already know he's a front runner due to his limited managerial experience and ties to the organization. Might as well put his name on the door if he wants it, cause no one else should or will. Redmond has already said he would love the job.
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