The Miami Marlins manager Skip Schumaker won NL manager of the year for the 2023 season, and it was well deserved. The Marlins made strides and got to the playoffs for the first time in a full season in 20 years. Schumaker brought a new swagger to the clubhouse and a passion that translated to the players, and they love it.
As such the Marlins coaching staff is ripe for the picking as teams around the league want to capitalize on the success and mentality of the Marlins coaches. The first to depart is Brant Brown the Marlins hitting coach, as he will be joining the Seattle Mariners in an expanded role.
Schumaker will have to find a replacement
Brown was added likely for two main reasons, that being the team success and the success of Luis Arraez. Now it’s up to Skip Schumaker to find a replacement and that could be an easy process or a very difficult one. Schumaker has some options within the organization already with both John Mabry and Jason Hart as current assistants, either could be promoted.
I for one would love to see an outside voice to help coax the offense into more production. The Marlins runs differential was miserable this past season and they were by far the worst offense in the playoffs. They could not rub some sticks together to get a run or two in the playoffs and so they need the outside voice.
One major component the new hitting coach could bring is the ability to work with younger players to get them up to par. Jake Burger has been great and so the hitting coach needs to continue his growth. Bryan De La Cruz needs to extend to the next level next season along with fellow outfielder Jesus Sanchez and helping a potential rising young player in Troy Johnston, who could be on the major league roster next season. Let’s hope that gets figured out soon, and either way there will be a new coach as either the head hitting coach or an assistant.
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