MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The MLB Playoffs are still going strong but the Miami Marlins are already looking towards next season.
Shortly after the team’s 2016 campaign ended, Miami fired hitting coach Barry Bonds and third base coach Lenny Harris.
Now the Marlins are already beginning to look for replacements, starting with a familiar face.
Former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, who ran the show in Miami from 2007 to 2010, is considering a return to South Florida.
Gonzalez was viewed as a manager on the rise by many around Major League Baseball but Miami owner Jeffrey Loria didn’t see eye-to-eye with Fredi so the two parted ways.
NL East rival Atlanta acted quickly and hired Gonzalez to be their manager, where he remained from 2010 until being let go in May of this year.
The Marlins are also looking to fill other coaching vacancies, and getting an early start is probably a good idea.
The Marlins looked like a playoff team for the majority of the 2016 season but faltered late due to a rash of injuries to key players and a dropoff in production from the pitching staff.
With a few tweaks to the roster and some luck with injuries, 2017 could prove to be a successful season for Miami.