The Marlins fire their manager and replace him with a guy with zero major league experience, whose last baseball managerial position was with a high school team in the 80s.
In other related news, Marlins President Jeff Loria replaces his accountant with the window washer, and his tech consultant with an itinerant cobbler. “It’s about personality, vibes, and energy,” he explains to reporters. “It just feeeeeeeeeels right.”
Clearly Marlins ownership calculates it’s Mile Redmond’s fault that that the Marlins are tied for the major-league lead with eight blown saves, rank 23rd in bullpen ERA, and are playing without their ace or #2 starter. So the guy who improves his team last year by 15 games, and gets them out of the NL East cellar for the first time in 3 years to earn a contract extension gets the heave-ho after 38 games.
Back then, Redmond gets his job largely because he is (1) already in the Marlins system, (2) available, and (3) inexpensive. Well, he’s still (2) and (3). Was he ever a good or bad manager? How would we know, given the teams he was managing, and the short tenure this year? Does anybody expect an interim or replacement to do much better? Calling Trader Jack! Got another miracle in your pocket, next to the cigars?
Dan Jennings becomes the team’s 7th manager since 2010, including Brandon Hyde, who served for exactly one game in 2011. This is the team that fired Joe Girardi — the Yankees’ current manager — the same year he won Manager of the Year.
So once again it shows how poorly this ownership team manages the franchise — if Redmond isn’t the guy they want now, why didn’t they know that a short time ago when they re-signed him? What changed?
The team isn’t playing as well as it should, but it’s not that far off. This is a .500 team, maybe 4-5 games over, and the ridiculous pre-season bloviation about post-season and contenders was moronic hype and marketing. Serious baseball people recognize this, as do knowledgeable fans, but there’s a shortage of these in south Florida, including — make that especially — the media.
It’s yet another demonstration that this ownership group doesn’t know its anus from home plate, and has nothing but contempt for the game, the fans, and the community.