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Marlins managerial change surely coming soon

Posted on: June 17, 2011 6:41 pm
 

From the start of this season, no manager was more disposable than Florida's Edwin Rodriguez.

Hired mid-stream last summer without any prior big-league experience to replace the fired Fredi Gonzalez, the Marlins thought enough of Rodriguez to remove the "interim" tag and make him their permanent manager for 2011 ... but they didn't think enough of him to give him more than a one-year contract.

Now, with the Marlins in their worst skid since 1998, club history tells us that Rodriguez is a dead man walking.

No owner in the game has run through more managers than Florida's Jeffrey Loria since the start of the 2003 season.

Perhaps it's because, the first time he whacked a manager (Jeff Torborg), Jack McKeon came in on a puff of cigar smoke and led the Marlins to their second World Series win in five seasons.

Maybe it's because the impatient and temperamental Loria simply is George Steinbrenner on training wheels.

Whatever, Torborg was gassed in May of '03. McKeon, riding his World Series triumph and gutsy pitch-Josh-Beckett-in-Game-6 decision, managed two more seasons and left of his own accord following '05. Joe Girardi managed in '06 but clashed with Loria and was fired after just one season. Gonzalez made it through three full seasons but was fired last June.

Now, coming up on the one-year anniversary of the Gonzalez bloodletting (June 23), it is Rodriguez who is moving toward the guillotine. His Marlins have lost seven in a row, 15 of their past 16 and 18 of 21.

They already sacrificed a coach, firing hitting instructor John Mallee on June 8.

How'd that work out? They're 1-8 since.

The Marlins have lost close (six of seven losses between June 1 and 9, amazingly, were one-run defeats) and they have lost in routs (the Phillies hammered them by a combined score of 17-2 over two games of a four-game Philadelphia sweep this week).

With ace Josh Johnson on the disabled list (again), Hanley Ramirez producing a career-worst season (.205, four homers, 17 RBIs) and third baseman of the future Matt Dominguez hitting just .190 this spring and then fracturing an elbow, a club that needed everything to go right to contend hasn't come close to either.

Most things have gone wrong -- they shipped Chris Coghlan (.230) back to the minors on Friday -- and they've dropped behind the Nationals into the NL East cellar.

With Loria, this usually means goodbye, manager.

And barring a sudden turnaround this weekend against in-state rival Tampa Bay, sometime before the start of Monday's brief, three-game homestand against the Angels is a pretty good guess as to when.

Only question is, where the Marlins will turn.

Loria could go back to old buddy Bobby Valentine, the hot rumor a year ago, and see if their two nations can come together this time around.

He also could wait until this winter and see what happens with Ozzie Guillen. The White Sox manager -- and former Marlins coach -- remains a highly popular figure in Loria circles. And being that Ozzie keeps a home in the Miami area, the Marlins wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for him if things go south on the South Side of Chicago. Guillen's contract runs through this summer, with an option for 2012.

When this season started, the Marlins thought they could win now, and they felt like they had to win now because they needed to build momentum and translate that into ticket sales when they move into their new park next year.

Those plans are now in shambles. And when that happens in South Florida, usually, whatever comes next involves Loria, and an itchy trigger finger.

Comments

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2011 9:35 pm
 

Marlins managerial change surely coming soon

He reminds me of Jerry Jones (Cowboys).
He reminds me more of Daniel Snyder.  At least Jerry Jones has 3 rings.



Since: Jul 13, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Marlins managerial change surely coming soon

Edwin Rodriguez should not be a manager.  The man has NO emotions.  All he knows how to do is skowl. They need a manager with some fire under him.  And Loria has to butt out.............let the manager manage.  He reminds me of Jerry Jones (Cowboys).  I lived (past tense) down there for 32 yrs and I am a Marlins fan.  This can't be helping the ticket sales for their new stadium opening next year.  Oh, and the Marlins don't have many die hard fans.  They have a handful of Cubans that swear they'll go to games when the stadium is in downtown Miami........that's not fans.   Drive 13 mi. to Joe Robbie and watch your Marlins play........win or loose !



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Marlins managerial change surely coming soon

Maybe it's because the impatient and temperamental Loria simply is George Steinbrenner on training wheels
Just like him, minus the rings and willingness to spend money to improve his product.



Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Marlins managerial change surely coming soon

I think it's terrible the way this organization treats talent... Sending down Coghlan? He wasn't exactly the problem... You have a young team... you can't expect them to just dominate all season long. They need to go through some stuff to bring them close together.

The toughest metals are forged. As Dan Gilbert tweeted after the Mavs win, there are no shortcuts. 



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2011 4:48 am
 

Marlins managerial change surely coming soon

Steve, I agree the fan support stinks. However, this organization has won two World Series, and at least one of them came on a year where fan support was as non-existant as it is now. Furthermore, the losing streak killed any chances of the bandwagon jumpers coming aboard after the Heat season came to a screeching halt.



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2011 4:48 am
 

Marlins managerial change surely coming soon

Steve, I agree the fan support stinks. However, this organization has won two World Series, and at least one of them came on a year where fan support was as non-existant as it is now. Furthermore, the losing streak killed any chances of the bandwagon jumpers coming aboard after the Heat season came to a screeching halt.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2011 1:38 am
 

Marlins managerial change surely coming soon

This is not Edwin Rodriguez fault but the Marlins and there low down fans too. When a team fdoes not get support from there fans then they will always play poor.



Since: Jun 18, 2011
Posted on: June 18, 2011 12:24 am
 

Marlins managerial change surely coming soon

The Marlins are 3-18 since Scott Cousins broke Buster Posey's ankle. Coincidence? I think not!



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2011 10:27 pm
 

Marlins managerial change surely coming soon

Call me strange, but they would be better served waiting until the end of the year to can him.  Its really awkward having an interim coach because they don't like getting demoted, especially if they do a half decent job.  If you wait until the end of the year, you can browse the market for the best candidate.



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2011 9:58 pm
 

Marlins managerial change surely coming soon

Cgator!! THAT was so well put! NO excuses truely an embarrassing situation. Something happened after they swept the Giants, I am not sure what that was but from the Dodgers series to right now it is absolutley ridiculous whats going on.


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