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Renteria in managerial mix

Another potential candidate to manage the Marlins in 2011 has surfaced, and he is someone familiar with the organization.

Rich Renteria, currently the first base coach of the San Diego Padres, is on the Marlins’ radar to possibly manage the club next year.

Renteria managed four seasons in the Marlins’ Minor League system. He was at Class-A Brevard County in 1998, and Class-A Kane County in 1999. Renteria also managed Double-A Portland from 2000-01.

The 49-year-old former second baseman played with the Marlins in 1993-94.

Previous big league managing experience, however, is viewed as a plus in the managerial search.

Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, who was AL Manager of the Year with the Royals in 2003, is considered a very strong candidate.

But sources say Renteria is highly respected, and considered a viable choice.

The Marlins will address their manager situation after the season. Edwin Rodriguez, who has guided the club since Fredi Gonzalez was dismissed in June, is under consideration. Bobby Valentine also is in the mix. And reports say Larry Bowa and Wally Backman are candidates, but those names have not been confirmed.

One high profile possibility, however, is not regarded as a candidate. On Friday, the Dodgers announced that Joe Torre will not return in 2011, and that Don Mattingly will take over in Los Angeles.

Don’t look for Torre, who is 70, to be in the Marlins’ mix. The Marlins are looking for a fit to develop their young talent to reach the next level. Veterans like Torre tend to enter situations where the team is on the verge of winning immediately.

— Joe Frisaro


Perez-Stanton connection

Mike Stanton now has something in common with Hall of Famer Tony Perez.

Stanton belted his first MLB homer on Friday night, and it was a grand slam off Tampa Bay’s Matt Garza.

Perez, a special assistant in the Marlins organization, belted 339 home runs in his career. Like Stanton, Perez’s first home run was a grand slam.

“April 13, 1965 off Denny Lemaster,” Perez said Saturday, remembering the day as if it were yesterday.

Then a 22-year-old, Perez connected at Crosley Field in Cincinnati.

“I never got the ball,” Perez said. “It went to center field, and there was an expressway out there.”

Stanton’s blast came at age 20, and it was in his ninth game. Perez’s slam came in the second game of the 1965 season. A crowd of 4,236 was on hand to see the Reds play the Milwaukee Brewers.

Perez was hitting sixth and playing first base. Among his teammates then were Pete Rose, who played second base, and Frank Robinson was in right field.

The Brewers lineup that day included Joe Torre, Eddie Mathews, Felipe Alou and Sandy Alomar.

Stanton is the sixth Marlin in team history to hit a grand slam for his first MLB homer.

“He’s never going to forget that,” Perez said. “It was his first hit at home. All he has to do is keep playing. He will get better.”

— Joe Frisaro