This morning, author Sean Millerick discussed the idea of the Miami Marlins firing manager Mike Redmond if the team lost today, being swept at home for the second time against the Atlanta Braves.
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The article was pure speculation and was based on the fact the Marlins got off to a similar 16-22 start in 2003, the year they captured the World Series.
Apparently the Miami Marlins and owner Jeffrey Loria hope to recapture that magic Sean pointed out in his post, as the team made the decision to fire manager Mike Redmond and bench coach Rob Leary, just 15 minutes after the team was shutout and swept by the Braves.
Despite getting a 3-year extension before the season, the Marlins front office decided Red was no longer a good fit, just 38 games into the season.
The move was a haste decision, which is not that surprising when you consider who the Marlins owner is. Just a little over a month ago, Redmond was on the hot seat, as the team got off to a slow 3-11 start. Owner Jeffrey Loria didn’t quiet the noise, as his comments showed how clueless he was on running a major league team, adding more fire to Redmond’s seat.
Over the next few weeks, the Marlins picked up fire, winning 9 out of 10 at one point and even got back to .500, at 12-12.
The team has been inconsistent since that mark, falling to 16-22 after their loss to the Braves today.
The team will name a replacement at a press conference tomorrow morning at 11 A.M., which will be broadcast on Fox Sports Florida:
How are the players reacting to this? Well from this tweet, it doesn’t look like they are too happy with the decision:
With manager Mike Redmond now fired, the Marlins are now going to be on the hook for 3 managers and Larry Beinfest, once they name their next manager.
Wally Backman was thought to be the favorite for the manager gig back near the end of April, as the rumors went as far then saying Loria was doing background work on him.
Backman could still be a candidate for the Marlins manager role, but that would be a shock at this point, as the team would have had to ask for permission from the New York Mets first, and if that were the case, we’d have already heard about it.
Other names that could be on the Marlins shortlist include: Mike Lowell and Andy Haines. Lowell was a part of the 2003 world series team and has been close friends with Redmond. Haines is a well-regarded upcoming manager, currently managing the New Orleans Zephyrs, the Marlins Triple-A team.
The Miami Marlins are hoping to capture the 2003 magic of firing their manager at 16-22 and hoping for a huge run to get the team back to the postseason. The problem is, there is no Miguel Cabrera lurking in the minors to help take the club to the next level.
This was a hasty, bad move.