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Marlins set to name Rodriguez

With the World Series completed, the Marlins now are about to conclude their manager search.

Their search has led the team back to where the season ended.

In recent days, speculation had been growing that there were two finalists — Edwin Rodriguez and Bo Porter.

But on Tuesday, the Nationals announced their staff, and Porter was named their third base coach.

With Porter out of the mix, the Marlins now are set to announce they will retain Rodriguez. An official announcement is expected on Wednesday, according to sources.

Along with naming Rodriguez, who met on Tuesday with team owner Jeffrey Loria in New York, the Marlins are set to finalize their staff. Perry Hill will return to the ballclub and be the infield and first base coach. John Mallee will be back as hitting coach. Brandon Hyde returns as bench coach, and pitching coach Randy St. Claire will return. Joe Espada is lined up to be the third base coach.

Rodriguez posted a 46-46 record with the Marlins after taking over for Fredi Gonzalez in late June. For the season, Florida was 80-82 — third place in the NL East.

Rodriguez is the first Puerto Rican-born manager in MLB history. The 50-year-old was promoted from being the Triple-A New Orleans manager on June 23.

A week ago, Marlins president David Samson said the team expected to make a managerial announcement after the World Series. 

Shortly after the season ended, the Marlins pursued Bobby Valentine, who withdrew from consideration a couple of weeks ago. The team also inquired about the availability of Ozzie Guillen, who is returning to the White Sox.

– Joe Frisaro
 

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

 

Porter emerges as frontrunner

The Marlins may be weighing all their options, but the candidate that appears to have the most momentum to manage the club in 2011 is familiar to Florida fans.

Indications are Bo Porter has emerged as the frontrunner.

Porter, a former big league outfielder, was the Marlins’ third base/outfield coach from 2007-09, before he joined the Arizona staff in 2010.

Numerous sources confirmed the Marlins have serious interest in Porter, who is regarded as a strong teacher of fundamentals. Known for being well prepared, the 38-year-old already has been making inquiries about candidates for his coaching staff.

Earlier this month, Porter interviewed for the Pirates managerial position.

The Marlins’ search is entering another week after Bobby Valentine, who was offered the job, opted to withdraw from consideration. 

Edwin Rodriguez, who went 46-46 after replacing Fredi Gonzalez on June 23, remains in the mix. But the club hasn’t spoken with Rodriguez since the season ended.

Porter previously interviewed for the Marlins job after Gonzalez was dismissed in June. Porter impressed the club then, and he remained under consideration even after the team decided to stay with Rodriguez.

Other candidates being mentioned are Tony Pena, Ted Simmons and Jim Fregosi. It remains unclear how much serious interest the team has in them.

The Marlins finished 80-82 in 2010, and the organization is placing an emphasis to improving fundamentally.

Florida has a young outfield that features rookies Logan Morrison and Mike Stanton. Cameron Maybin isn’t a rookie, but he is 23-years-old.

Porter would be looked at to help the developments of these young players.

In recent years, Porter worked with former Marlin, Cody Ross, who now has become a playoff hero for the Giants. In 2008 and 2009, Porter frequently stated that Ross was deserving of a Gold Glove.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins managerial update

The search for the Marlins new manager will take about two weeks.

Fresh off an 80-82 season, the front office is in the process of narrowing its list of candidates and setting up interviews. The process is expected to take a little while.

In contention for the job are Bobby Valentine, Jim Fregosi, Bo Porter and Tony Pena. Other names that have been reported are Ted Simmons and Tim Wallach.

Edwin Rodriguez, who replaced Fredi Gonzalez on June 23, remains a candidate. But it appears he isn’t a frontrunner. Under Rodriguez, the Marlins were 46-46.

As the Marlins are plotting how to move forward with their managerial search, the organization also are being impacted by the Mets’ general manager vacancy.

The Mets have asked for permission to talk with president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest, general manager Michael Hill and vice president of player personnel Dan Jennings about their GM post.

Indications are the Marlins will deny the request. However, ESPN.com reports that Jennings has a stipulation in his contract that would allow him to talk with the Mets. So the door may not be completely closed for him to talk with New York.

– Joe Frisaro

No clear-cut manager frontrunner

A list of candidates is being compiled, and more names are starting to surface. What remains unclear in the Marlins’ managerial search is if there is a true frontrunner.

The intriguing name out there is Ozzie Guillen, whose status with the White Sox remains unsettled. However, reports are out that Guillen is seeking a long-term contract to remain in Chicago.

If he were to become available, Guillen would instantly appear to be the Marlins’ first choice. The Marlins, though, haven’t made any public comments regarding their managerial position.

The team has repeatedly said after the season they will evaluate current manager Edwin Rodriguez, who has the Marlins one game over .500 (76-75) heading into their final road trip, which begins on Thursday at Milwaukee.

Guillen has ties with the Marlins. He was the third base coach in 2002-03.

Because some of the potential candidates project to be on the staffs of playoff teams, the search could last a little while. Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and third base coach Tom Foley are a couple of names to monitor. Both are regarded as solid big league managerial candidates. Whether they are fits for Florida is unclear right now.

There are a couple of other names floating around. Bobby Valentine, who was in consideration in June after Fredi Gonzalez was dismissed, remains in the picture. How much so, though, is in question. Indications are that Valentine will not get the job.

Bo Porter, the D-backs bench coach, interviewed after Gonzalez was let go. Porter also is being discussed internally. But like Valentine, he may not be the first option.

Padres first base coach Rich Renteria and Yankees bench coach Tony Pena also are under consideration. And Ted Simmons, the Padres bench coach, has been mentioned, but he doesn’t appear to be the first choice.

Other names brought up in various media reports are Larry Bowa and Wally Backman.

For now, the Marlins are playing out the season before deciding which direction to go in 2011.

– Joe Frisaro

 
 

Continuity after a confusing week

A constant in an otherwise confusing week was the Marlins determination to “find the right guy” to be the next manager.

Some clarity came on Tuesday, one day shy of a week that Fredi Gonzalez was dismissed.

Ending six franctic days of speculation and plot twists, team owner Jeffrey Loria told the team minutes before taking the field on Tuesday that Edwin Rodriguez would manage the club for the remainder of the season.

At that point, the owner will re-evaluate which direction to go. The timing of the decision was crucial because the clubhouse was wondering what would happen next.

“Continuity is important, and that’s what we’re going to do,” Loria said.

To the players credit, they stayed as focused as possible under otherwise trying circumstances.

To Rodriguez’s credit, he handled his interim status with class and dignity. Never did he speak about what was in his best interests. He talked about how it would be fair foremost for the players to know who they will be answering to. Now they know.

What this means for the big picture — the future of the franchise — we’ll have to wait and see.

Still unanswered is what went wrong in the negotiations with Bobby Valentine. The frontrunner when Gonzalez was let go, all signs pointed to Valentine taking over until late Sunday night.

When Loria announced Rodriguez was staying on, he said he didn’t want to go into details of anything else. So the team isn’t saying what happened.

Indications are there was a difference in philosophy, perhaps with Valentine wanting more say in personnel moves. The Marlins remain a low-payroll roster, and the team has a number of young players, like Mike Stanton, who are adjusting to the big leagues.

Typically, high-profile managers are brought in with the expectation to win now. Whether it’s Pat Riley or Bill Parcells or Phil Jackson, they are looking to win championships, not rebuild.

Bobby Valentine would have been a Pat Riley or Bill Parcells type presence in South Florida. He would have been the Marlins’ answer to Joe Torre.

Those types of people aren’t stepping into seven-year projects. They are there to help a team reach a championship, sooner rather than later.

Perhaps after the season, Valentine will be re-visited. By then, though, he may entertain other possibilities.

Bo Porter also interviewed for the job, and he was impressive. Now Arizona’s third base coach, Porter was a strong candidate after a very good interview last Friday. Had the Marlins gone with Porter, it likely would have been a sign that they would get younger again.

Also the outfield coach, Porter would have been viewed as someone to work with Stanton, Cameron Maybin, and perhaps Logan Morrison, when he eventually is promoted from Triple-A. Porter has familiarity in the clubhouse because he was on the Marlins staff from 2007-09. The organization likes his energy and passion.

As part of the staff shakeup, outfield coach Dave Collins stepped down last Saturday. Collins was very popular. Porter would have been a familiar voice as a replacement.

By staying with Rodriguez, the organization has more time to weigh the situation without making any hasty decisions. The players also have a building connection with Rodriguez, whom many played for in the Minor Leagues.

For the rest of the year, the Marlins players and staff can focus on playing baseball. The team has work to do if they want to get back into the race. They are three-games under .500, and the July 31 trade deadline is approaching. So more changes can be made — this time in terms of player movement — if the club falls completely out of the race.

Now with the cloud of uncertainty lifted, the current staff and set of players have been given a chance to seize the opportunity.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Porter new frontrunner?

If the Marlins indeed are turning their search away from Bobby Valentine, the new frontrunner may be Bo Porter.

Porter, now Arizona’s third base coach, interviewed for the Florida job last Saturday. From 2007-09, he was the Marlins third base/outfield coach.

Jon Heyman of SI.com reported late Monday that the Marlins are seriously considering Porter.  There are strong indications that the team is internally is giving the prospect strong consideration.

Porter is looked upon as a candidate who will bring energy to the job. He was respected by the players in his three seasons as a coach, and he has a little more seasoning coaching at the big league level than Edwin Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was named interim manager when Fredi Gonzalez was dismissed on June 23. The first Puerto Rican-born manager in MLB history, Rodriguez has been well received in Puerto Rico where the Marlins are facing the Mets in a three-game series in San Juan.

Rodriguez interviewed for the job on Saturday, and he remains in the mix. The process has no time line, but Porter may have the inside edge, if the field is down to Porter and Rodriguez, who previously was the Triple-A New Orleans manager.

Talks between the Marlins and Valentine broke down on Sunday, and it is unclear if there is any chance of both sides getting together. In the meantime, Porter is definitely a strong candidate for the full-time job.

The organization has had no comment on the managerial search.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Report: Uggla wants to remain at second

Dan Uggla is a two-time All-Star second baseman who has already placed his name in the record books.

By belting 31 homers in 2009, Uggla is the first player in MLB history to reach 30 homers in three straight years in which he played at least 100 games at second base.

With that kind of track record, Uggla sees himself as a second baseman. And he has little desire to switch positions, according to his agent, Jeff Borris.

Borris on Friday told Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown that his client wants to stay at second base.

“Danny Uggla’s been a full-time second baseman for the last four years,” Borris told Yahoo! Sports columnist. “He’s performed exceptionally well at that position. Although he has the athleticism to play other positions, he’s performed remarkably over these four years at second base and there should be no reason to consider a position change at this time.”

In his second season of arbitration, Uggla’s salary is slated to rise for the $5.35 million he made this year.

At this week’s General Managers Meetings, the Marlins had conversations with several clubs about Uggla. The Giants reportedly would like to add Uggla and switch him to third base. The Red Sox would consider Uggla in left field. The Orioles also reportedly have interest.

The Nationals, too, are a team that could enter into the mix. So may the Diamondbacks, the team that drafted Uggla in 2001. Former Marlins third base coach, Bo Porter, has now joined the Arizona staff.

Uggla has 121 career home runs, and he is building his legacy at second base. He has not played any other position in the big leagues besides second.

– Joe Frisaro

More coaching openings

The Marlins have a few more coaching vacancies.

On Friday, the team announced third base/outfield coach Bo Porter and bullpen coach are not returning for 2010.

Bench coach Carlos Tosca, hitting coach Jim Presley and bullpen coordinator Pierre Arsenault accepted contracts for next year.

The Marlins now have four coaching positions open.

Pitching coach Mark Wiley and first base/indield coach Andy Fox were not offered contracts.

– Joe Frisaro

Camping out Sunday

Worth noting:

* Anibal Sanchez was effective in three innings, giving up one run on five hits. His objective is throwing strikes. Of his 53 pitches, 36 were strikes. Andrew Miller followed, and struggled with command. In 1 1/3 innings, Miller threw 49 pitches, with 27 for strikes.

* Sanchez and Miller will piggie-back each other in their next time out, and then they will split up.

* Third base/outfield coach Bo Porter missed a couple of days because he went back to Texas on Thursday to finalize paper work in the adoption of his son, Bryce Jordan Porter. The 14-month old has been with Bo and his wife, Stacey, since he was born. The final details were brought before a judge on Friday, and Porter returned on Saturday.

* Jeremy Hermida batted third on Sunday. Hanley Ramirez normally bats third, but he will be leaving on Monday to compete in the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic.

* Monday’s intrasquad scrimmage will be at 11:30 a.m. ET on field 2 of Roger Dean Stadium. Chris Volstad and Sean West are slated to start. Renyel Pinto will throw in relief.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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