Meat, The New Boss

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.”

loria_tvBest I can figure is that the Marlins ownership team wants to give this blogger another reason to call them a pack of flaccid dick beetles. But it’s not about me, dammit.

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.

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11 Responses to Meat, The New Boss

  1. Sue Perfulous (not my real name) says:

    This sounds about right. That team goes nowhere under its current ownership, unless they do what Steinbrenner finally did when he shut the hell up, hired real baseball people, and let them run the business. Fortunately, as far as I can tell, nobody gives a damn about the Marlins.

  2. Borkon says:

    And on Dan Jennings’ very first game as a Major League Manager, his team slips into last place in the NL East behind the wretched Philadelphia Phillies. What ghastly irony, Batman.

  3. Living Will says:

    Very stupid move, but hell, we’re used to it. Actually, TWO stupid moves: firing Redmond and hiring a guy with ZERO managing experience. Not to worry: he arrives with an experienced bench coach. By “experienced” I mean, “career.”

  4. Dawgbowl says:

    The Marlins are the only team in sports that calculate “half-life” among their stats.

  5. Lu Senz says:

    What Living Will said — two stupid moves. If they honestly concluded that Red wasn’t the right guy after all, then they should have started looking for a genuine replacement, not an interim, not the food and beverage director or other employee, but a baseball professional with a track record whose thoughts and strategies to mold a young team fit the owners’ own vision. But this assumes these owners have a vision, when in fact they haven’t a clue.

  6. Hekuva Job Brownie says:

    Managerial experience is over-rated anyway.

    • Miami Harold says:

      In some respects that’s true.
      if he’s going to make a difference, a manager is more likely
      to negatively impact a game (or a team) than positively.
      But a team needs somebody who at least knows what he’s doing,
      even if his judgment is questionable.
      This guy has no record at all. Tabula rasa.
      It’s a young team which by definition needs a strong hand.
      At best this is a crap shoot.
      At worst it’s just crap.
      Look at the record of this ownership group and franchise
      and tell me what you think is more likely.

      • Squathole says:

        Harold — This from today’s paper:

        “The managers that I talked to as I took this job said that you have to manage with your head, not your heart,” Jennings said. “If you have a gut feeling, you trust it, and I had a gut feeling and it didn’t turn out well.”

        That’s what passes for experience — ‘the managers I talked to.” Then babbles on about his head, his heart, and his gut. Great training, splendid performance, a real credit to the system and a tribute to baseball, innit? Maybe he should go drive trains for Amtrak next.

  7. Constance Turmohel says:

    Coupla3 thoughts:

    Squat: Itinerant cobblers are hard to come by so give the guy some credit.

    Lu Senz: Long time, no read. Nice to see you

    H.J. Brownie: Cam Cameron wasn’t available.

    • Squathole says:

      Constance: If the only way I can get you here is a baseball story, well, I’ll post baseball stories. As for Lu Senz (and me), we’re pretty regular at the Liquor & Rubber Balls Sports Emporium (etc.) in Hollywood. Come by some time. Lu’s buying. 🙂

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