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- The Miami Marlins dismissed manager Mike Redmond after the team lost to the Atlanta Braves, 6-0, on /4/17.
The Miami Marlins dismissed manager Mike Redmond after the team lost to the Atlanta Braves, 6-0, on /4/17. The Marlins are 16-22 on the 2015 MLB season.
The Miami Marlins have fired manager Mike Redmond.
The Marlins also dismissed bench manager Rob Leary on /4/17, per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. The decision to fire both men came after a 6-0 shutout loss to Shelby Miller and the visiting Atlanta Braves, who swept the series 3-0.
Miller almost had a no-hitter after 8 2/3 innings before he gave up singles to Justin Bour and Dee Gordon, per MLB.com.
Frisaro says the the Marlins will announce their new manager at an 11 a.m. ET news conference on Monday.
Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill told Frisaro he feels the team has not lived up to expectations:
“Really, we’re just looking for a new voice. There will be a press conference at 11 a.m., where we’ll introduce the new manager and keep moving forward.
“There is still supreme belief and confidence in the men in that clubhouse. We haven’t played to our capability. And we hope that a new voice will spark and motivate our guys and get them going and performing in a way we think they are capable of performing.”
Hill also did not hide the fact the Marlins’ situation is frustrating, per Frisaro:
“Extremely frustrating. There is supreme confidence to those players in the room, but whenever you make a change in manager, you need to look in the mirror. And everybody needs to look in the mirror — our players, me, our front office. Because we aren’t playing the way we’re capable of playing.
“We’re swinging the bats well at times, but not when we need to do it. I think the solution is in that clubhouse, and we just need to solve it.
“I think this is something that you look at how we’ve played. We haven’t played consistently. We got out of the box slow. We got hot. We got cold again. I think we’re just looking for some consistency.”
According to team sources who told The Miami Herald’s David J. Neal on Sunday, the Marlins will most likely tap the services of an interim manager while looking for a long-term replacement with solid MLB experience.
Some of Redmond’s possible replacements include former Houston Astros manager and current Braves third-base coach Bo Porter and former Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, per Neal.
Some Miami players chimed in on their manager and bench coach’s dismissal.
“A bit of a surprise,” Marlins reliever Steve Cishek told The Miami Herald. “Obviously, I feel bad for them. It’s not their fault.”
Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez told Neal through an interpreter on Sunday the team remains optimistic despite the managerial change:
“We’re going to hold our heads up high. That’s how baseball goes. You have your good days and your bad days. Now, it’s just about keep going forward, and we’ll get our good day.”
Neal says Gordon did not speak to reporters while outfielder Christian Yelich “spoke in clipped sentences” when asked about Redmond’s firing. Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton left the clubhouse even before the media arrived after the loss to Atlanta on Sunday.
The Marlins got off to a slow start, but eventually improved to 12-12 before losing 10 of their next 14 games to fall to 16-22 on the season, per Frisaro.
The Miami Herald update says there were already speculations of Redmond losing his job when he went 3-11 in the Marlins’ first 14 games in 2015.
The Marlins have reason to be optimistic.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Craig Davis says the team’s current record is similar to the 2003 Florida Marlins when they fired Jeff Torborg. When Jack McKeon replaced him, the Marlins went 91-71 the rest of the way to earn a National League Wild Card berth.
The 2003 Marlins eventually won the World Series in six games against the New York Yankees. Redmond was a backup catcher of that team, per Davis.
Miami extended Redmond’s contract through 2017 last year. He finishes with a 155-207 (.428) win-loss record in two-plus seasons at the helm after replacing Ozzie Guillen in 2013, per The South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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