Miami Marlins Morning Catch: Next Marlins Manager? (Poll)


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Yesterday my co-editor Charlie Clarke posted about how it’s looking more likely current manager Dan Jennings returns to his front office role in 2015. That means the Miami Marlins will be in need of another new manager, their 8th new manager in the past 5 seasons, since the firing of Fredi Gonzalez.

So who could be the next Miami Marlins manager for a season or two and then join Mike Redmond and company on the unemployment list? Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald laid out some candidates yesterday.

"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."

Those are some interesting names. Lowell, like Kennedy and Mintkiewicz, has no big league managerial experience. But from what I’ve heard from Lowell, he’d be open to using analytics, which makes him an intriguing candidate.

Dusty Baker has been around forever and is probably best known for running Mark Prior and Kerry Wood into the ground, so I am not loving his potential fit with Jose Fernandez. Bud Black is a decent manager, but like Redmond became a scapegoat for his team’s bad season.

Who should be the Miami Marlins next manager, vote on the poll below:

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Miami Marlins trade rumors: How teams make trades in August – Scott Gelman, Fishstripes

Even though Major League Baseball’s July 31 non-waiver trade deadline has passed, there will likely still be a number of players dealt before the end of the season. Teams can still make trades over the next few weeks, but the rules are not as simple.

Starting on August 1, each club can place a player on waivers. Any player that can potentially be dealt could be placed on waivers, and if the player is claimed, the organization can pull the player back without losing the player. If a player is not traded within 48 hours, however, he can be dealt to any major league club during the month of August. (Read More Here)

Has Tommy John Surgery Actually Made Jose Fernandez Better? –  Zachary D. Rymer, Bleacher Report

Jose Fernandez went into his Tommy John operation last May as one of baseball’s elite pitchers. Coming out of the operation, however, it wasn’t fair to expect him to pick up where he left off right away.

Instead, here we are a month into Fernandez’s return in 2015, and the only thing to say is this: Whoa. (Read More Here)

Miami Marlins use loophole to give fans selfie sticks – Will Hager, Miami New Times

Social Media Night promised Miami fans a free selfie stick if they attended the second game of the series against the New York Mets. However, as multiple fans pointed out, Miami has rules against having selfie sticks in the park.

Things got interesting Tuesday night when the Miami Marlins had to do some creative problem-solving because of a promotional event. (Read More Here)

Marlins promote Narveson, option Reed to Zephyrs – Christina De Nicola, Fox Sports Florida

The Miami Marlins selected the contract of left-hander Chris Narveson from Triple-A New Orleans and optioned southpaw Chris Reed to the Zephyrs prior to Wednesday’s game against the New York Mets.

Narveson, a non-roster invitee during spring training, had gone 0-3 with a 5.19 ERA in 10 games (four starts) for New Orleans. He also posted a 2-0 record and 3.18 ERA in two starts for Single-A Jupiter. (Read More Here)

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