Former Marlins third base star Mike Lowell, ofted cited as one of the best potential candidates for a Marlins managerial job that isn't yet open, said on Monday that he isn't interested in managing at this point in his life.
"It's not for me right now,'' Lowell said in a phone interview with CBSSports.com.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is said to be a mulling a change from Ozzie Guillen after a disastrous first season in Miami, though people around the team suggest Loria may need to feel he has found someone better in order to fire Guillen. Word is that several other Marlins front office people would be on board with a change, but the final call is up to Loria.
Speculation is deep that if the Marlins do make a change, they'd more likely go with an untested young candidate they know rather than a proven big-name manager. They owe Guillen another $7.5 million over the next three seasons. Ex-Marlins catcher Mike Redmond is another person who's been mentioned as a possible candidate.
Some proven managers have suggested, behind the scenes, that they may not be willing to go to a place with as much turnover as Miami. But Lowell, a Miami product who grew up in Coral Gables, said his decision not to manage at this point was about him, and has nothing to do with the Marlins.
Lowell, an MLB Network on-air analyst, said he intends to spend his time enjoying his family and working on his broadcasting career, noting that he managed his son's 7-and-under team to a championship last year.
Lowell didn't rule out managing at a higher level at some point in his life.
"That's something that might intrigue me in the future,'' said Lowell. "I like being on the field more than in an office -- but it's just not something I'm ready to do at this point. The time commitment for a manager is greater than it is for a player, which is something people don't realize. The time isn't something I'm willing to give up right now.''
Lowell won a World Series with the 2003 Marlins, and then again with the 2007 Red Sox, when he was named World Series MVP.