Marlins still searching to complete staff

MIAMI — On Wednesday, MLB’s GM Meetings will get underway in Palm Springs, Calif., and the Marlins still are looking to finalize manager Mike Redmond’s staff.

Miami is in the market for a bench coach, hitting coach and either a pitching or bullpen coach.

Right now, the Marlins have three coaches on staff, infield coach Perry Hill, third base coach Joe Espada and Reid Cornelius.

Cornelius has been the bullpen coach, and he could remain in that capacity unless he is named pitching coach.

A name receiving consideration for hitting coach is Anthony Iapoce, who has ties to the Marlins organization and also to Redmond. But it is unclear if the team has asked the Cubs for permission to interview him.

Iapoce, 39, was the Blue Jays roving hitting coordinator the past three years. Redmond managed in Toronto’s Minor League system the past two season, and the two have a close friendship.

Iapoce also has history with the Marlins. In 2007, he was the hitting coach at Class A Greensboro on then manager Edwin Rodriguez’s staff. And he was the hitting coach for Class A Jupiter in 2008-09. During his time in the organization, he worked with Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton.

Of late, Iapoce has been in high demand. The Cubs on Nov. 1 hired him as a special assistant to the general manager/player development. If he remains in Chicago, he will serve as the team’s Minor League hitting coordinator.

Iapoce was recommended to the Cubs by their player development director Brandon Hyde, who formerly was the Marlins bench coach. Recently, Chicago hired Tim Cossins away from the Marlins, where he was the catching coordinator.

Joe Frisaro

3 Comments

Good luck…on getting coaches..By the way, E#duardo Perez new bench coach for Bo Porter with Astros and mallee hitting coach..They will have a good season outside the Loria/Beinfest mafia..

The Cubs literally got our best coaches other than Perry Hill. Tim Cossins is a really tough loss at a time where we have a new young catcher trying to learn and get better defensively. would love to see a guy like Cliff Floyd as a hitting coach, but dont think he wants to do it. As for the pitching coach, it would have been nice to get a guy like Rick Peterson, but its looking like Boston is tackling that one. All that matters right now is that we finally got rid of Randy St. Claire and especially Eduardo Perez.

thats not all theyre looking for. now theyre going to be looking for fans to fill the seats……good job beinfest, loria and sampson. I took a lot of heat last year for defending you and praising you…..looks like it was all in vain. I can only hope god can answer my prayers for the three of you.

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