The Miami Marlins are expected to name current GM Dan Jennings as the team’s new manager, according to a report from CBS Sports.
The team is expected to officially announce the move at a press conference set for 11:00 a.m. at Marlins Park.
Mike Redmond was relieved of his managing duties moments after last night’s 6-0 loss — a two hit disaster — to the Braves, their seventh loss in the last 10 games. Miami was expected to contend this season but a plethora of bullpen disasters among other issues have contributed to a 16-22 start, which ranks fourth in the NL East.
“We’re looking for that consistency,” said Michael Hill, president of baseball operations for the Marlins. “We’re swinging the bat well at times, but not when we need to do it. We’re pitching well at times, but not when we need to do it. I think the solution is in that clubhouse.”
An initial report surfaced late Sunday night that Jeff Conine would succeed Redmond. However, that report was retracted shortly thereafter.
Jennings joined the Marlins in 2002 as VP of Player Personnel before eventually being promoted through the ranks to GM in 2013.
“We’re hopeful that a new voice will spark and motivate our guys,” said Hill.
The move is the latest in a long stretch of managerial changes by owner Jeffrey Loria. Past managers, such as Fredi Gonzalez and Joe Girardi, have thrived with their news teams after being let go by the Marlins.
There are plenty of people who don’t agree with Loria’s decisions, but at the end of the day its his team and he can do anything he wants with it.
In 2003 the Marlins had the same 16-22 record when they fired then-manager Jeff Torborg and replaced him with Jack McKeon. The team went on to be the best in baseball over the last four-plus months of the season, going 75-49 under McKeon, and beat the New York Yankees in the World Series.