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Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:13 pm
Edited on: March 16, 2011 9:16 pm

Marlins owner unhappy with spring performance

Jeffrey LoriaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Pretty much everyone associated with baseball will at some point utter the phrase, "it's only spring" this time of year, but don't tell that to Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria.

The Marlins lost their ninth consecutive game on Wednesday and fell to 5-13 in Grapefruit League play, the worst mark among Florida teams.

"I know it's only spring training," Loria told the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi, "but it's time to take a look in the mirror. We're better than this. It's time to show it. We need to be playing as a team and we need to hit."

The Marlins have scored a National League-low 62 runs this spring, and have the 27th-ranked fielding percentage in the majors.

Among big league teams this spring, the Marlins are 28th in batting average (.252), last in runs scored (65), 26th in ERA (5.54), 25th in runs allowed (115) and 27th in fielding percentage (.967).

"Uninspired baseball," Loria said. "Inconsistent and not acceptable. Very few guys have focused on what they're here for. Very few."

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said he's disappointed as well.

"It's not the losses. It's the way we've been losing," Rodriguez said. "I know it's spring training, but it's a game. As a professional you want to win regardless of what type of game you're playing."

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Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:58 pm

Strong words from Sanchez on Marlins' performance

By Matt Snyder

Sure, it's only spring training, but the Marlins were dismantled by the Mets Friday, 10-0. In the process, the Fish committed five errors, including two from superstar shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Starting first baseman Gaby Sanchez was none too happy afterward, and he wasn't shy about letting his feelings known, saying he was "embarrassed" by the "awful" and "terrible" play. He reportedly used those words multiple times. (SunSentinel.com )

The 27-year-old Sanchez was a rookie last season, but it's not like the Marlins are teeming with tons of experience from their everyday position players. It's possible he's ready to step into that role, after hitting .273 with a .788 OPS, 19 home runs and 85 RBI -- good enough to finish fourth in Rookie of the Year voting.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez had praised the team defense as a strength prior to the game. Afterward, he was left saying it was the team's worst game of the spring, "by far."

In fairness to the sometimes-maligned Ramirez, the Palm Beach Post reported after the game that he made no excuse for the errors, and expressed that he felt bad for making his coaches look bad.

It's one game, and a spring game at that, but it must also be nice for Marlins fans and players alike to see someone ready to step up and take a vocal leadership role in the locker room.

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 4:32 pm

Marlins give Rodriguez a 1-year deal

Edwin Rodriguez Does it seem like the Marlins management doesn't like Edwin Rodriguez very much, but just can't seem to get anyone they like better?

After getting what was called a "one-day tryout" when the team fired Fredi Gonzalez in June, Rodriguez was named interim manager while the team flirted with Bobby Valentine, before naming him the manager for the remainder of the 2010 season. On Wednesday, the Marlins gave him a one-year contract.

"It doesn't bother me at all," Rodriguez in his news conference on Wednesday, who must be happy to have a job right now.

Unfortuately, when there are only 30 such jobs in the country (well, one of those is in Canada), you can't exactly say "screw you, I'm not taking it" when offered -- unless you've managed and failed somewhere else before and people come lining up for your services.

The Marlins open their new ballpark in 2012 and in what Jeffrey Loria could find more appealing than spending money on a big-named players, he may spend it on a big-named manager -- because, you know, people come out to the ballpark to see managers manage.

The Marlins were turned down by Valentine (again) and asked permission to talk to Ozzie Guillen, but never did, writes Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald . They may wait until next year to make a run at Guillen, a former Marlin.

Rodriguez seems to be taking it in stride.

"From the business standpoint, I completely understand," Rodriguez said, according to the Miami Herald . "I think I still have a lot to prove regarding how I will handle spring training, how I will handle a 162-game season. Being in this situation, where I know for a fact that I have to prove what I have doesn't bother me at all."

Rodriguez certainly gets good soldier points for saying all the right things and seems like a good dude, so good for him for getting a paycheck for the next year. Hopefully he gets a shot to be a manager with a little bit of rope somewhere down the line.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 12:36 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2010 4:12 pm

Marlins to choose manager soon

Edwin Rodriguez The Marlins still haven't hired a manager, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post tweets the team could make its hire by this weekend.

Capozzi says it's "likely either Edwin Rodriguez or Bo Porter."

Rodriguez (pictured) was named the team's interim manager after Fredi Gonzalez was fired in June, then when Bobby Valentine spurned the Marlins, he was named the manager for the rest of the season.

Porter was Marlins' third-base coach from 2007 to 09 and started the 2010 season as the Diamondbacks' third-base coach, before becoming the bench coach when A.J. Hinch was fired and Kirk Gibson took over. He was not retained by Arizona.

UPDATE: The Marlins may be taking their time with their manager, but they're reportedly moving quickly on their coaching staff. Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel reports the team is talking to its former infield instructor Perry Hill. Hill worked with the Marlins from 2002-06. Hill was the Pirates' first-base coach and infield instructor in 2009, but resigned after the season and sat out 2010. Rodriguez says the Marlins are one of many teams to contact Hill.

UPDATE: Porter has been named the Nationals' third-base coach. That would seem to indicate he knows something about which way the Marlins are leaning.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 7:34 pm

Marlins leaning toward keeping Rodriguez

Edwin Rodriguez Even though former manager Fredi Gonzalez has already gotten another job, the Marlins' search for his replacement is "still at the internal stage,"  team president David Samson told the Sun-Sentinel 's Juan C. Rodrigez .

The Marlins have yet to interview or make any preliminary contract with any potential replacements. Rodriguez cites sources as saying the the Marlins are leading toward keeping Edwin Rodriguez, who was at first the interim manager and then told he'd stay on until the end of the season after a failed flirtation with Bobby Valentine.

Rodriguez and former Marlins third-base coach Bo Porter are the only confirmed candidates.

The team could announce Rodriguez's hiring after the World Series.

"After the World Series is a good time frame for completion to this process," Samson said. "I think [owner] Jeffrey [Loria] and [President of Baseball Operations] Larry [Beinfest] and all of us are being contemplative and making a plan. We've spent a lot of time talking about on-field issues as well."

The Marlins will open a new ballpark in 2012, and the team may be looking for a bigger name than Rodriguez for opening the park in 2011 and punting on 2011.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 7:41 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 10:58 am

Report: Marlins leaning toward Porter

Bo Porter
"Hello? Yes, this is Bo. ... Why yes, I would be interested in managing the Florida Marlins!"

The Diamondbacks bench coach could be getting that call soon, according to Joe Frisaro, who covers the Marlins for MLB.com. Frisaro said indications are that Porter, who was the third base and outfield coach in Florida from 2007-09, is the front-runner now that Bobby Valentine turned down the job.

Interim manager Edwin Rodriguez is still a candidate, but hasn't been contacted by the Marlins since the season ended. Tony Pena, Ted Simmons and Jim Fregosi also have been connected to the job.

Porter, just 38 years old, has risen quickly in the coaching ranks. The outfielder played 89 major-league games for the Cubs, Athletics and Rangers and bounced around the minors until 2003. He was a minor-league manager by 2005, and after two years managing at the Class A level, the Marlins tapped him to be part of their major-league staff. He went to Arizona as third-base coach to start 2010, and was bumped up to bench coach after manager A.J. Hinch was fired.

Porter was interviewed by the Marlins about the managerial job in June, when Fredi Gonzalez was fired, but the Marlins decided to stick with Rodriguez to finish out the season.

Porter also has interviewed with the Pirates this month, but it's looking like Miami will be his destination. He has reportedly already been making contact with potential members of his coaching staff.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 2, 2010 9:37 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 9:37 pm

Marlins skipper think he's earned job

Edwin Rodriguez
Edwin Rodriguez thinks his performance as interim manager of the Marlins should be good enough to get him the full-time gig.

"I would be very disappointed [not to get the job] because I think I presented my case," Rodriguez told the Palm Beach Post . "But then again, I don't know what they're looking for. Maybe there are more elements, more factors that they are taking into consideration."

Rodriguez was called up from Triple-A to take over after Fredi Gonzalez, the franchise's longest-serving manager, was fired June 23 because the front office felt the team should be better than its 34-36 record. Rodriguez has won at about the same clip (44-46), but while dealing with a lot of injuries, including the loss of ace Josh Johnson.

Rodriguez said he discussed his future with team president Larry Beinfest and general manager Mike Hill on Friday, but did not emerge with a clear idea of where he stands.

"They said they were pleased," Rodriguez said. "They said I'm in the mix. I'm a strong candidate. ... Right now, I don't know. They have that poker face. They said they're going to try to move fast, but they didn't indicate any time frame."

Owner Jeffrey Loria has said as recently as three weeks ago he is still interested in Bobby Valentine, though the Post is told Samson is strongly against that idea. Other possibilities include Tony Pena, Jim Fregosi and Ted Simmons.

The Marlins have been making a lot of noise about how their move to a new stadium in 2012 will vault them into a different level in the baseball stratosphere. My guess? They go for more of a "name" hire than Rodriguez. If he'd really turned the team around during his tenure and wowed Marlins fans, that would be one thing. But he looks more like a caretaker than the big splash Loria will want to make.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 27, 2010 10:38 am

Marlins narrowing managerial search

Edwin Rodriguez The Marlins are down to four or five candidates for the manager's job, the Miami Herald reports , with one of the candidates in current interim manager Edwin Rodriguez.

While president David Samson wouldn't divulge any of the other candidates, the Herald names Yankees bench coach Tony Pena and Padres bench coach Ted Simmons likely among the finalists. Ex-manager Jim Fregosi and current ChiSox manager Ozzie Guillen could also be considered.

What's for certain is Florida won't dilly-dally around when it comes to finding the next permanent skipper.

"Obviously, we'd like a manager hired as we head into the offseason, as the team takes shape, as we head into the new ballpark,'' Samson said Sunday.

"[The hiring process] could happen quickly or it could take time, and the reason is we'll go through a process of identifying the exact direction we want to go,'' he added.

Rodriguez is 43-41 since taking over for the fired Fredi Gonzalez and is the first Puerto Rican manager in baseball history which plays to the Marlins' quest to be considered the Latin American team of baseball, hoping to attract Hispanic fans to the park.

Pena skippered the Royals for four seasons, taking over partway through 2002 and then helming the team to an improbable winning record of 83-79 that caught many by surprise in '03, but fell to 58-104 the next season and was dismissed in 2005 after tarting 8-25. He has been with the Yankees since.

Simmons is a long-time minor league manager who is becoming a very popular candidate to take over a team while Fregosi, a 15-year managing veteran, hasn't led a dugout since after the 2000 season.

-- Evan Brunell

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