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Miami Marlins Hire GM Dan Jennings as Next Manager

This one seems out of the box, even for the Miami Marlins.

The team announced that general manager Dan Jennings would take over for the fired Mike Redmond as manager for the remainder of the season.

Huh?

The Marlins fired manager Mike Redmond just moments after the team was one out away from being no-hit by the Atlanta Braves’ Shelby Miller. The loss left the team at 16-22 and in 4th place in the NL East, six games back of the first-place New York Mets.

Jennings will leave his duties as the general manager to have more direct control of the team he put together.

Jennings has spent most of his career as a talent evaluator and scout. His only managing experience was as a high school baseball coach prior to becoming a scout.

Part of the reason behind Jennings’ hire is that it won’t cost owner Jeffrey Loria any more money. He’s already paying Ozzie Guillen, who was fired in 2012, and Redmond, who was signed through 2017.

This will be the fifth Marlins’ manager in the last six seasons. Marlins’ star player Giancarlo Stanton will now have played for eight managers in six seasons in Miami.

The last time the Marlins fired their manager after 38 games was in 2003 when Loria relieved Jeff Torborg of his duties after a 16-22 start as well. That team, led by Jack McKeon, won the World Series.





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