Miami Marlins: Five Choices to Replace Tino Martinez

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Apr 8, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Former Florida Marlins left fielder Jeff Conine prior to a game against the Atlanta Braves during on opening night at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Conine:

Mr. Marlin, as he is so often called is a dark horse candidate to become the hitting coach at the end of the year. Conine played for both Marlin’s World Series team’s and the inaugural season in 1993. Conine was one of the most consistent hitters throughout his entire career and he was a playoff hero during the 2003 World Series, as he hit .333 against the Yankees. He often exemplified the professional attitude needed to succeed in the Major League Level. He currently works as a special assistant to Marlins president David Samson while also hosting the Marlins pregame and postgame show. Jeff Conine was always one of those players who played and worked hard but knew how to have fun in the game of baseball. He and Manager Mike Redmond have a similar attitude on how to play and teach Baseball, which would go well in developing the young Marlin team. These former teammates would work well together in the dugout as they would be on the same page, unlike the Redmond and Tino Martinez relationship. Jeff Conine was considered for the Managerial position back in December but he apparently declined any offer, so its unlikely that Conine will accept the Hitting coach position. However, he would be an excellent choice to mold the Marlin team into professionals.

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