Fox Sports- The plan appears simple enough: The Miami Marlins this week will ask Dan Jennings to step down as manager and resume his role as GM, according to major-league sources.
The change, if Jennings agrees, would occur at the end of the season. The Marlins then would seek to hire an experienced manager, sources say.
Neither move would qualify as a surprise; the return of Jennings to the front office was a strong possibility from the moment the Marlins shocked the baseball world by naming him to replace Mike Redmond as manager on May 18.
But as always with the Marlins, things might not be as simple as they seem.
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reported Tuesday night that the team plans, “sweeping changes to its baseball operation, from player development and scouting, all the way up to the front office.” Spencer wrote that Jennings could return to the front office, but not necessarily as GM.
History shows that anything is possible with the Marlins under owner Jeffrey Loria. Adding to the uncertainty: The power dynamics within the organization have shifted since Jennings left the front office to become manager.
Loria routinely sours on his managers; his next one will be the Marlins’ eighth in the past 11 seasons. His relationship with Jennings, which once was quite close, deteriorated as the team struggled, sources say.
The departure of Jennings from the front office, meanwhile, resulted in the promotion of assistant GM Mike Berger to GM. Berger and other Marlins officials have sought to expand their influence, sources say, creating the potential for a power struggle if Jennings returns to his previous role.
One source downplayed that possibility, saying that any tension within the organization reflects nothing more than the frustration of a disappointing season — and that the return of Jennings to the front office would help the Marlins focus on upgrading the club.
Berger, however, has a longstanding relationship with Loria, going back to the days when Loria owned the Oklahoma City 89ers, then an affiliate of the Texas Rangers, in the early 1990s.
And Jennings, who is under contract to the Marlins through 2018, has strong interest in pursuing the Seattle Mariners’ GM opening, sources say — an indication that he might finally be restless under Loria, for whom he has worked since ’02.
The Marlins, after going 16-22 under Redmond, are 38-57 under Jennings. Injuries have contributed to the team’s difficulties — right fielder Giancarlo Stanton has not played since suffering a hamate fracture in his left wrist on June 26, and ace right-hander Jose Fernandez did not make his season debut until July 2 while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The team also had a spotty offseason, making a strong addition with its trade for second baseman Dee Gordon but stumbling with its acquisitions of righty Mat Latos and first baseman Michael Morse, both of whom later were traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Marlins, regardless of how their palace intrigue plays out, plan to add to the core of their club, sources say.
The addition of a No. 2 starting pitcher behind Fernandez will be one priority, the addition of a closer another; the Marlins attempted to land the Reds’ Aroldis Chapman at the non-waiver deadline, sources say.
First things first: The Marlins need to find out if Jennings will resume his old responsibilities, figure out who will be their next manager and GM.
The palace intrigue is thick.
It’s business as usual under Loria.
Motherfucking Jeffrey Harold Loria, Art Dealer and The Owner Of The Miami Marlins. There should almost be no reason that people, fans, and bandwagon fans should really know so much about the Manager unless its all good shit. Just hear what he brings to the table and see the Ownership play out. But no, Not Jeff Loria. Just constantly a cluster fuck of problems. Seriously I want Him to GTFO as soon as possible. This season’s already dead. Don’t care about the remaining 29 games. Its dead. I don’t want Stanton tweaking his hand again, Dont want Fernandez or Alvarez’s arm to just magically fall off. Ichiro I need to play one more good season. Just everyone to heal the fuck up. Because on paper this teams young core should be way better than where we are in the standings and yes a lot of it is due to injury but the last thing I want is the core of players to stay healthy just to have fucking Jeff Loria fuck things up by running a bulldozer through the roster.
Dan Jennings just happened to take charge when an abysmal track of injuries occurred but he honestly was never the guy that was gonna take the lead full time. Pretty sure it was just Loria firing a manager just to fire a manager. Yea Redmond wasn’t exactly pushing the team to a playoff bubble, but Jeff Loria fires a manager just to get his dick hard at night. It was a hasty, poorly thought out decision. Jennings was a business guy, a suit that they didn’t have to pay extra as a manager. So if Jennings returns to the office, fine, but honestly i could see him taking that Seattle Job if he can get out of the situation here at Miami with I guess Bergers buddy buddy with Loria? Either way, things are just a cluster fuck to the point where our star players saying he wants a major overhaul. The best I can hope is we just dump the entire front office, get a group that doesn’t hate each other or the organization just yet, sign some good pitchers to build up the starting rotation, and a couple defensive positions. And just have our core healthy. I mean Gordon, Stanton, Yelich, Hech, Fernandez and Alvarez, all of them produce well. We just need the team to be run by a competent owner who doesn’t interfere all the time but honestly by now who the fuck would work for Loria? He’s an asshole of an owner that just tosses the place into a cluster fuck every time. We have one of the best young cores in MLB but no one should want to manage them under the tyranny of Loria. Its like we’re in a catch 22 situation (idk what that means really). I know i’ve kinda jokingly said before that we should have Conine play as a manager. No idea how he would translate from once star player to commentator to Club house manager, but either way under Loria he probably would suffer and if that fucker fired Mr. Marlin it would be one of the biggest catastrophes in Miami since Hurricane Andrew.