The Miami Marlins have an amazing coach, there is no doubt about that fact. That fact was indeed confirmed Tuesday with the announcement that Skip Schumaker won National League Manager of the year. That award was so well deserved, he was really done an amazing job with this team, as we wrote about prior with his nomination. In order to win Skip Schumaker's 72 votes beat out Craig Counsell, Brian Snitker, and Torey Lovullo
In an MLB Network interview they asked Skip about the award and to comment on several things. Skip talked about how he brought a new attitude and way of doing things to Miami and the whole team bought in to his plan. He acknowledged it was not only his award but a “staff award” and thanked Bruce Sherman and Kim Ng for bringing him in as the manager and the players for buying in to his concept.
Protect the standard
Schumaker continued when asked what’s next that “we set a new standard in the clubhouse this year and now it’s time to protect it”. He said they now know what winning looks like and that the culture of the clubhouse changed. This is undoubtably why he was successful and why he won the award, he took a young and struggling team and made it a postseason team and that is not an easy thing to do. Could Skip have coined next year's hashtag already #ProtectTheStandard ? I could see it for sure being in the running, and that's what Skip does, he brings a culture to the club that makes you want to be a part of it.
When asked what’s next for the Marlins Skip had a few things to say that should give Marlins fans renewed hope for next year. Skip mentioned that “once you get a taste of the postseason” that makes you want to do everything you can to get back there, and that’s what the standard now is in the clubhouse. The Marlins will need to fill some gaps in the roster to continue that success in 2024 and that is a huge focus right now, and Skip will be a part of that as well.
The short answer to the question about what’s next for the Marlins is, nothing new, the bar has been set and that’s what they want to meet each and every year with Skip at the helm. Skip also noted in his interview that he had Tony LaRussa as a manager and he was tough but a great manager to play for and he was grateful to be a part of a winning organization. Marlins fans can have renewed hope in the team next year that Skip’s plan is to continue the culture and way of going about things in Miami next season and we will again look for great things to come for the Marlins! As for now, he is your Manager and the National League's manager of the year Marlins fans!
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