The Miami Marlins have announced they have let go four members of the team’s coaching staff on Monday.
The Miami Marlins intend to keep manager Don Mattingly on the payroll for the 2019 season, but that does not mean they will retain his coaching staff. The team has announced it has released Juan Nieves (pitching), Perry Hill (first base/infield), Frank Menechino (assistant hitting) and Ty Hill (strength and conditioning).
Per MLB.com, the contract of all four individuals was up, which may have made the decision to let them go a bit easier. The Marlins will keep the remainder of Mattingly’s staff for the 2019 season. The Marlins posted a 63-98 record this year. There were 24 rookies that saw action this year in what was determined from the start to be a rebuilding situation.
"According to Joe Frisaro, “Expected back are Tim Wallach (bench), Mike Pagliarulo (hitting), Fredi Gonzalez (third base), Brian Schneider (catching), Dean Treanor (bullpen), Rob Flippo (bullpen coordinator) and Ed Lucas (administrative coach).”"
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Not only were the Marlins one of the worst ball clubs in the Majors and posted the worst record in the National League, but they were also last in several offensive categories, including runs scored (589), slugging percentage (.357) and OPS (.659). In defense of the coaching staff, it’s hard to produce runs when the franchise trades away the team’s major offensive weapons from the year before.
The biggest news regarding these coaches is Hill not being retained by the organization. He has long been regarded as a top infield coach and instructor and has been praised for his time with Miami and the work he has put in with the players. He has been part of the organization for over a decade.
There was no reason given for Hill’s release or any of the other coaches not having their contracts renewed other than the Marlins appear to be moving in another direction. Hill’s position with the ballclub could expand. As Frisaro explained, the new coach may deal with base running as well.
Dee Gordon benefitted from Hill’s tutelage and was one of the reasons why he won a Gold Glove in 2015. He was also instrumental in the development of many other former Marlins stars.
"“Hill was the Marlins’ infield coach in 2003 when the organization won its second World Series title. With the Marlins, he played a big part in the development of former Gold Glove winners Luis Castillo, Mike Lowell, and Derrek Lee. The three were staples on that title team,” Frisaro wrote."
There is no word yet who might be on the team’s radar as replacements and how will the franchise change the responsibilities of the new hires once they join the team.