Managerial movement picking up
Vacancies are starting to be filled, and some of the decisions may factor into who is named the Marlins next manager.
For instance, the Cubs on Tuesday announced that they have hired Mike Quade over Ryne Sandberg.
The move also means that Chicago won’t make a pitch for Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who now is all but guaranteed to remain in New York.
So what does this mean for the Marlins?
For one, it means the Marlins will likely talk internally about the merits of Sandberg, and whether it makes sense for them to seek permission to talk with the Hall of Famer.
Andre Dawson, a Marlins special assistant, is a former teammate of Sandberg. He knows him well.
So expect the Marlins to talk among themselves about Sandberg. Whether it leads to anything more remains to be seen.
The Marlins are getting close to starting their interviewing process to see who will direct the club in 2011.
Had Quade not been hired in Chicago, the Marlins likely would have considered him because he is so highly regarded.
Over the past few days we’ve seen some jobs being filled.
Seattle recently hired Eric Wedge. And any doubts about Tony La Russa leaving St. Louis were put to rest on Monday when the Cardinals announced his return.
Of course, high on Florida’s list is Bo Porter, who has past history with the organization. Sources have noted that Porter has an inside edge for the job, but that doesn’t mean the team hasn’t ruled out all its options.
Retaining Edwin Rodriguez also is under consideration.
More answers should be known in the upcoming days as the front office begins its interviewing process.
– Joe Frisaro