Tag:Jeffrey Loria
Posted on: June 24, 2010 12:50 am

Report says Valentine is Marlins' choice

Bobby Valentine Could Bobby Valentine be the Marlins manager by next week?

The New York Daily News ' Mark Feinsand cites an anonymous source saying Florida owner Jeffrey Loria has already settled on the former Mets manager.

Feinsand cites a source "with knowledge of the Marlins' thinking."

"I'd say it's about 95 percent that it will be Valentine," the mysterious source told Feinsand. "Loria has already told him he's his guy."

It would make sense, Valentine is reportedly friends with Loria and as soon as Fredi Gonzalez was fired, Valentine pulled his name from consideration for the Orioles' position.

Marlins president David Samson confirmed to reporters on Wednesday that Valentine is a candidate and the team has already spoken to the veteran manager.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 5:04 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:24 pm

Valentine tells O's no thanks, prefers Miami

Current ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine tells ESPN (shocker) that he's withdrawn his name from consideration for the managing position in Baltimore, but would like a shot at taking the helm of the Marlins.

"I am honored and flattered that the Orioles reached out with this potential opportunity, but at this time in my career, I feel I should direct my energies in another direction," Valentine said.

Apparently that direction is south -- or somewhere with better pitching. According to the article, Valentine and Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria have been friends for 20 years and they have talked about Valentine's interest in managing the club.

Edwin Rodriguez, the Marlins' Triple-A manager, is the team's interim manager.

Another ESPN employee, Buck Showalter, also shouts down the hall that he wants out of Connecticut and that he's interviewing for the Orioles gig today. Eric Wedge has also interviewed.

UPDATE: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal Tweets the Marlins are "moving fast" to interview Velentine and there are other external candidates.

UPDATE: The Baltimore Sun 's Dan Connolly reports Showalter met with Orioles owner Peter Angelos and president Andy McPhail for about three hours on Wednesday.

YET ANOTHER UPDATE: Connolly's back, reporting former Oriole and current broadcaster Rick Dempsey is expected to get an interview and Wedge will have a second interview to meet with Angelos, but neither has been scheduled.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 12:38 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 1:13 pm

Could Gonzalez end up skipper of Braves?

Fredi Gonzalez It seems as if Fredi Gonzalez always had one foot out the door as manager of the Marlins.

Controversy has always swirled around him being the skipper of the Marlins. Last May, Florida spoke to Bobby Valentine about taking over the manager's job, and there were reports even before then that owner Jeffrey Loria was not happy with Gonzalez as manager. When the Marlins finished 2009 out of the playoffs, questions about Gonzalez' job security popped up again even though the Fish finished 87-75, in second place.

Loria finally got his chance to pull the trigger Wednesday, also jettisoning bench coach Carlos Tosca and hitting coach Jim Presley for the 34-36 Marlins, in fourth place and 7 1/2 games out of first place. The new manager is Edwin Rodriguez, who has skippered Triple-A New Orleans for the past 1 1/2 years.

Loria issued a statement, talking about how close he was with Gonzalez, then added, "We can’t let personal feelings get in the way of taking steps that we believe are necessary to improve our ballclub.

Decisions on individual personnel cannot supersede our overall goal, which is to win. We believe we can do better and be better."

Gonzalez won't be in the unemployment line for long as he is regarded as one of the better managers in the game. Not only should other teams with current vacancies be interested, he has been linked to the Braves almost as long as he's been on the hot seat in Florida. For quite a while now, Gonzalez has been the overwhelming favorite to replace Bobby Cox as manager, who is retiring after the year. Atlanta knows well, as Gonzalez was third-base coach for the Braves from 2003-2006.

Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman confirms Gonzalez's status as the "early heavy favorite" to replace Cox. Tim Kurkijian mentioned that the Marlins front office believed Gonzalez may have been pre-occupied with his status as the favorite to replace Cox. Whether this is spin or not, it's certainly a plum job in Atlanta.

Gonzalez seems to be a great fit for the Braves. He's proven in his three-plus years managing the Marlins that he can win despite being handcuffed with the smallest payroll in the majors -- a problem he would not have in Atlanta.

Gonzalez, who has the most wins as a Marlins manager, also has tremendous experience grooming youngsters for the big show, both in his time at the minor-league level and as skipper of the Marlins. He is regarded as a player's manager, which is extremely important in this day and age, perhaps more so than in-game management skills. In addition, having been born in Cuba, Gonzalez can speak both Spanish and English which improves the language barrier that pervades baseball these days.

Finding a manager with all these attributes is difficult to do. The Marlins may have just given the Braves the best gift possible in setting Gonzalez free. And perhaps Gonzalez can go somewhere where he is fully appreciated now.

UPDATE : Mark Bowman of MLB.com says that Braves GM Frank Wren holds Fredi Gonzalez "in high regard," but will not have any comment on Gonzalez' status as the next manager of the Braves until Bobby Cox manages his final game.

-- Evan Brunell

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