Jennings thanks Marlins in statement
MIAMI — Dan Jennings, dismissed as general manager of the Marlins on Thursday, issued a statement on Friday thanking the organization and wishing them luck in the future.
Miami’s general manager since Sept. 29, 2013, Jennings was asked by team owner Jeffrey Loria to replace Mike Redmond as manager on May 18. The club finished 71-91, and on Oct. 6, the Marlins announced Jennings would not return as manager. He was expected to go back to the front office, but those plans changed this month.
Team president David Samson and president of baseball operations Michael Hill spoke with Jennings by phone on Thursday, and informed him he was being relieved from his position. Hill will assume the team’s general manager duties.
“After 13-plus years with the Marlins organization, I received a phone call yesterday from David Samson and Mike Hill informing me that I was being relieved from my position as general manager. While this was certainly sad and regrettable news, I respect their prerogative to make changes and listen to new voices. It has been a fun ride during my time with the Marlins. Having the opportunity to serve as vice president of player personnel, general manager and field manager, and being part of the 2003 World Series championship.
“However, nothing is more special than the people. I would like to thank Mr. Loria and David Samson for employing me, and the wonderful Marlins office staff I was afforded the opportunity to work with. And most importantly, the Marlins players for their energy and effort and the opportunity to win their trust and respect this season. I wish the Marlins’ players and the organization the best as we all move forward with our careers.”