Miami Marlins Morning Catch: Manager Search Tracker


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With the Miami Marlins manager search on-going, I felt like it would be a good idea to have one article updating everyone on the search process. As we gather more news, we’ll have analysis and news on the prospective manager candidates. But you’ll be able to find all the interviewed candidates and names churning in the rumor mill here.

Here’s whose been interviewed by the team, already:

Manny Acta (former manager – WSH, CLE)
Bo Porter (Braves third base coach)
Larry Bowa (Phillies bench coach)
Phil Nevin (Diamondbacks AAA manager)
Alex Cora (ESPN analyst)

Rick Renteria (Former Cubs Manager)

Dusty Baker (former manager – SFG, CHC, CIN), Jim Riggleman (Reds third base coach), Bud Black (former manager – SD), and Don Mattingly (Dodgers manager) are also other names potentially on the Miami Marlins radar, with Mattlingly seemingly the favorite, if the Dodgers decide to part ways with him.

Interviewed Second Time:

Larry Bowa

Phil Nevin

My speculative names: 

Mike Lowell

Ivan Rodriguez

Jeff Conine

Update (10/22): Mattingly and Dodgers mutually part ways. Mattingly favorite for Marlins job?

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Alex Cora becoming popular candidate for managerial openings

He has become a familiar sight in ESPN’s Baseball Tonight studio, but Alex Cora might soon return to a major league dugout. According to reports from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the former infielder has drawn interest from several clubs seeking to fill their managerial vacancies:

With the San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals already lining up to talk to him, Cora has quickly turned into one of the more popular names on the market. This isn’t the first time he’s been on the managerial radar either. He interviewed last year with the Texas Rangers before they eventually settled on Jeff Banister. (Read More Here)

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Tavarez was a 6’2″, 165 lb. right-handed pitcher from Santiago, Dominican Republic. Born on May 22nd, 1973, he was signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Indians in 1990. In 1992, he made his professional debut in the rookie-level Appalachian League with the Burlington Indians, where he posted a 6-3 record over 14 starts, striking out 69 in 87.2 innings along with a 1.12 WHIP. (Read More Here)

2015 Miami Marlins Season Review: Young talent, Fishstripes

The Miami Marlins had to turn to a lot of youth in 2015, as the team was forced to go to their meager minor league talent earlier than expected. The team’s veteran acquisitions, aimed towards competing for a playoff spot, did not work out, and the Fish ended up bailing on that plan halfway through the season. As a result, the Marlins replaced a few of those players with young talent, throwing them into the fire whether they were ready or not.

The results were mixed. (Read More Here)

Ultimate Standings: Marlins second from last in coaching, ownership | ESPN

Overall: 106
Title track: 37
Ownership: 121
Coaching: 121
Players: 88
Fan relations: 105
Affordability: 56
Stadium experience: 64
Bang for the buck: 100
Change from last year: -10

Oh, boy, where do we start on the state of the Miami Marlins? Miami is still among the lower third of all franchises, and it’s sinking — an additional 10 spots since last year’s rankings. Jeffrey Loria remains one of the least-liked figures in all of sports — and he’s done little in 2015 to change hearts and minds, especially since $325-million-dollar-man Giancarlo Stanton sat on the bench with a hand injury for half the season. On the plus side, the home run statue-mobile still looks cool. (Read More Here)

Marlins offseason preview: Lack of leadership at top must be addressed | Lindsey Foltin, Fox Sports

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The Miami Marlins head into the offseason after a disappointing year where they finished third in the NL East with a record of 71-91. They have already started making some offseason moves, including the signing of veteranIchiro Suzuki to a 1-year, $2-million contract. Suzuki’s presence will go a long way in a clubhouse filled with talented young players, like up-and-coming superstar Giancarlo Stanton. There’s no doubt the Marlins have the talent to compete, but uncertainty at the top of the organization has trickled down to the players. Three things Miami needs to address this offseason: (Read More Here)

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