Interest in Valentine?
With one regular season game remaining, already some offseason speculation has begun.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Marlins have had conversations with Bobby Valentine about a possible position within the organization.
The 59-year-old Valentine has managed the Rangers and Mets in the big leagues. The past six years he was managing the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan. Recently, he returned to ESPN as an analyst. Valentine also is drawing interest from Cleveland and Washington, ESPN reports.
It is unclear what position the Marlins would have interest in Valentine. Manager Fredi Gonzalez received a two-year extension at the beginning of Spring Training, and he’s under contract through 2011.
The Marlins have yet to make a decision on the status of their coaching staff. On Saturday, President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest said that would be made after the season.
The Marlins are 87-74 heading into the last game of the season at Philadelphia, and they will finish no worse than in a second-place tie with Atlanta. They lead the Braves by one game with one game remaining. The only Marlins teams to win more games are the 1997 (92) and 2003 (91) squads. Both those teams won the World Series.
– Joe Frisaro