Parcells visits Marlins

Baseball mingled with football on Saturday morning at Marlins camp.

Paying a visit to the Marlins clubhouse was legendary football coach Bill Parcells, these days a Miami Dolphins top excutive.

Tuna.JPGA big baseball fan, Parcells is close friends with Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. 

The Marlins and Cardinals are playing on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium.

“He just loves baseball. The coaches love to talk with him and be around him,” Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Coaching is still coaching. He gets phone calls every once in a while from me. It’s managing of people.”

Gonzalez frequently picks the brains of several coaches in different sports. He is close friends of Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy.

“It’s all about managing people. We’re not herding cows here,” Gonzalez said. “We’re managing people. No matter which sport you’re in, it’s managing people. It’s different in football.

“[Parcells] loves baseball. I brought Mike Stanton in this morning. Stanton used to be a football player.”

While Stanton is 6-foot-5, 230-pounds, Parcells quipped that the 20-year-old slugger was a little “wormy” for football.

“He called me wormy,” Stanton said amusingly.

Hanley Ramirez has gotten to meet Parcells on several occasions in recent years. And prospect Jai Miller, who played football in high school, exchanged a few words with the football legend during warmups.

“Guys like to pop in and talk to him,” Gonzalez said. “He knows our roster up and down pretty good.”

— Joe Frisaro



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