Mike Redmond became the second manager fired this season, as the Miami Marlins let go of their skipper after getting just two hits in their 6-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Both of the Marlins hits came with two outs in the ninth inning.
The Marlins also announced that bench coach Rob Leary had been dismissed.
Redmond replaced Ozzie Guillen as the Marlins’ manager in 2012, and received a contract extension through 2017 prior to the last game last season. The Marlins (16-22) came into the season with hopes of challenging for a Wild Card spot, but got off to a 3-11 start. The Marlins, who were swept by the Braves, have dropped nine of their past 13 games and currently in fourth place in the NL East — six games back of the New York Mets.
“We haven’t played to our capabilities,” Michael Hill said.
“We’re hopeful that a new voice will spark and motivate our guys… There will be a press conference at 11 a.m., where we’ll introduce the new manager and keep moving forward.”
After going 62-100 in Redmond’s first season, the Marlins improved to 77-85 last year. Overall, the Marlins were 155–207 under the 44-year old’s tutelage.
Lack of offensive production and a bad bullpen has been Miami’s biggest problem lately. The Marlins are averaging nearly four runs a game this season, but have only managed to put up that total five times since May 3. The Marlins have been shut out twice, and held to one or two runs in three other games during this recent 13 game stretch. This despite having Dee Gordon, Ichiro Suzuki, and Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup on a regular basis.
Miami’s bullpen has blown eight of their 12 save opportunities and is 6-7 on the season along with a 4.36 ERA.
Redmond has been on the hot seat since the Marlins’ got off to the slow start, according to the Miami Herald.
This isn’t the first time owner Jeffrey Loria has made a mid-season managerial switch. In May 2003, Loria fired Jeff Torborg after 38 games and replaced him with Jack McKeon, who promptly turned the team around and led them to a World Series title that year.
So who will replace Redmond?
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale first reported that former Marlin Jeff Conine was the front runner to take over the job, but has since amended his prediction.
Correction: Jeff Conine will NOT be the next #Marlins manager, a front official insists.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) May 18, 2015
Conine currently serves as a special assistant to Hill.
Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that possible candidates include Dusty Baker, Marlins’ third base coach Brett Butler and Conine, Braves third-base coach Bo Porter, along with former Cubs manager Rick Renteria and former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
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