Could Gonzo be a sleeper in manager search?

MIAMI — Indications remain that Mike Redmond is the frontrunner, followed by Bryan Price in the Marlins search for a new manager.

Redmond interviewed for the job on Wednesday, and Price made his pitch with Miami officials on Friday.

But could there be a sleeper in the mix? If so, it very well could be Luis Gonzalez.

The 45-year-old played in parts of 19 big league seasons.  His final season was in 2008, with the Marlins. So he has a connection with the club, and he fits the profile of a leader with great knowledge of the game.

Gonzalez, who was a World Series hero with Arizona in 2001, is currently a special assistant with the D-backs. There is a belief he would be interested in managing, and the Marlins are believed to have him on their short list.

The common bond with all the candidates thus far is they have no previous big league managerial experience.

Jim Riggleman, for example, would make sense if the team was looking for someone who previously worked with up and coming teams. But Miami has not reached out to Riggleman.

Joe Frisaro

 

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