Breaking: The Miami Marlins are a mess. But you already knew that. And now, a day after firing manager Mike Redmond, the Marlins are set to replace him with... wait for it... their general manager.
According to multiple reports, general manager Dan Jennings, who has zero managerial experience in the big leagues nor in college, will be the team’s sixth manager since 2010.
Good ol’ Jeffrey Loria.
Yup. We warned you!
Following Redmond’s firing — which happened a little under an hour after the Marlins were swept by the Atlanta Braves on Sunday afternoon — rumors began to swirl that the team was looking at former players Jeff Conine or Mike Lowell as possible replacements. There are also a plethora of former managers looking for work available.
Instead, it appears that the Marlins are going in-house and going with the guy that’s running their front office. Jennings — who, again has no managerial experience — has been a longtime scout and executive who worked for the Tampa Bay Rays before taking a job with the Marlins in 2002 and eventually took the GM slot after Larry Beinfest was fired in 2014.
The last time he did any kind of coaching was when he was a baseball coach for an Alabama high school in the 1980s.
And, in a way, it might as well be Jennings.
As a general manager, he’s not at all into analytics. And, as the general manager, he’s actually more responsible for the debacle that is the Marlins than Redmond ever was. Redmond merely played the hand he was dealt, and what he was dealt was a decaying bullpen to go along with star Giancarlo Stanton (and his backloaded contract) and Matt Latos, who has allowed 23 runs in 40 innings pitched.
Now Jennings joins Redmond, Ozzie Guillen, Edwin Rodriguez, Fredi Gonzalez, and Joe Girardi in the long list of Marlins managers Jeffrey Loria ended up firing because he’s impatient.
So, good luck with all that, Dan.
The Florida Marlins can only produce this comedy. Dan Jennings, their general manager, will now be their new manager.— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) May 18, 2015
As Dan Jennings gets set to be the new guy wearing the pajamas in the dugout, it’s important to remember this: pic.twitter.com/Tg8K4Z9xRY— Adam Smoot (@adamsmoot) May 18, 2015
My thoughts on Marlins GM Dan Jennings potentially hiring himself as manager. pic.twitter.com/BypLMtfuHJ— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) May 18, 2015
Dan Jennings is a very sharp baseball mind, but again, it's another hire of a white manager with zero experience.— keithlaw (@keithlaw) May 18, 2015
Hey Marlins... Dan Jennings?! That's your best move?! This is why you can't have nice stuff.— CJ Romig (@CJRomig) May 18, 2015
Random tweet from Costa Rica. Dan Jennings is the #Marlins manager??!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! LORIA!!!!!!— Ken LaVicka (@KLV1063) May 18, 2015
Here’s hoping the Marlins GM Dan Jennings sat down with owner Jeffrey Loria & asked “who has 2 thumbs and wants to manage?"— joshklingler (@joshklingler) May 18, 2015
Who is Dan Jennings?— Giles Ferrell (@gilesferrell) May 18, 2015