Miami Marlins Morning Catch: Jennings out as manager?


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When Mike Redmond left the helm in late May, few expected the incoming manager to be Dan Jennings. The former Marlins GM, Jennings (27-42) hasn’t fared any better as the team’s skipper in comparison to Redmond (16-22).

And according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, it appears as if Jennings will return to the front office following the 2015 season.

In Jackson’s column, he notes that “Several people inside the Marlins expect Dan Jennings to leave the dugout and return to the front-office this winter.”

This would seem fitting, as the team has gone downhill since DJ has taken over. Plus, Jennings’ lack of managerial experience makes him less of a qualified candidate in comparison to other available options.

So who are these options?

From Jackson’s article:

"“And beyond the obvious 2016 managerial candidates (Mike Lowell, Bud Black, Dusty Baker), people who have Jeffrey Loria’s ear also have suggested others to him, including former All-Star catcher Terry Kennedy (a Manager of the Year twice in the minors and now a scout for the Cubs) and Twins Double A manager Doug Mientkiewicz, the former big-league first baseman.”"

Any of these options would seemingly be an improvement over Jennings, who stands as more of a front office guy than manager. It is expected that one of these experienced managers will take over Miami’s ball club in 2015.

However, with the Marlins, you never know what will happen.

ICYMI: I counted down the five most disappointing Marlins of 2015, and yes, it was tough to narrow down. Also, Dillon Murrell reviewed the trade deadline moves made by the Marlins.

From Around the Web:

Marlins collapse late in 5-1 loss to Mets — Shandel Richardson, Sun Sentinal

The double-digit losses are the easy ones to forget.

Those are no problem for Miami Marlins manager Dan Jennings to get over. He simply moves onto the next game.

As for the defeats like Tuesday?

No, those linger for bit. And expect Jennings to feel this pain for a few days.

The Marlins lost 5-1 to the New York Mets at Marlins Park, a game they could have easily taken. Instead, they dropped their second straight in the series and have lost nine of 10 overall. (Read More Here)

Miami Marlins Bound for Continuous Failure — Tim Boyle, Innings Eaters

When we think of successful sports franchises, the Miami Marlins are rarely (if ever) mentioned in the conversation. Even though they’re an expansion team that managed to win two championships within about a decade of existence, it’s a franchise we continually find a reason to laugh at.

The Marlins turned into a joke by selling off their major parts after each championship thus leading to the impression that management is as inept as I would be choreographing a ballet. (Read More Here)

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