Miami Marlins: History says Don Mattingly’s seat is getting hot
Why The Miami Marlins Won’t Fire Don Mattingly
Because the Miami Marlins are a family now.
A really, really injured family. This club has effectively lost six Opening Day players in just over a week, and with the exception of Adam Conley, all due to injury. That has to have even Jeffrey Loria swallowing hard and realizing patience is called for. That would be true under any circumstance. Particularly now though, because again, family.
Jose Fernandez was arguably one of the three best pitchers in baseball. Taking him out of the equation gives you, well, to be honest… it gives you what you’ve seen so far.
But there was also the feeling that Miami’s young core would bond together in the wake of that loss. This team had earned the opportunity to stick together, at least for one more year, and to try to pick up the pieces.
Every indication is that is exactly what happened. These guys are close, and that starts at the very top of the organization, not just the top of the clubhouse. Dumping Mattingly now would in many ways be a complete betrayal of that spirit of brotherhood.
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If the team continues to limp into July as they are right now, they can still expect some sympathy.
Fire Mattingly, and odds are the Marlins will spend a week being baseball’s punchline. Unless, of course, the move works. It did that one time, after all. Only time will tell how this plays out.