On Sunday after almost being no-hit by Atlanta Braves starter Shelby Miller who completed the team’s three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins, Marlins’ owner Jeffrey Loria fired both his team’s skipper Mike Redmond and bench coach Rob Leary.
Monday morning Marlins’ general manager Dan Jennings confirmed to ESPN’s Jim Bowden that he will in fact be stepping out of the front office and into the dugout as Redmond’s replacement.
This is a very interesting but not unprecedented move by the team whose leadership had been speculated about all Sunday night, at least online,until CBS Sports broke the news of Jennings’ new position early this morning.
While Jennings has no managerial experience that’s hardly unprecedented these days. He once coached high school baseball but has no experience at any professional level.
Jennings played baseball college baseball at the University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey College before spending a brief stint in the 1980’s pitching for the New York Yankees. He is responsible for the selection of the likes of Carl Crawford, Josh Hamilton and James Shields, just to name a few.
Jennings was elected to the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame in 2012 and has been with the Marlins since 2002. He was named general manager of the team in September 2013.
With the team under .500 Redmond’s firing isn’t all that shocking. Loria has a history of firing managers often. He fired Jeff Torborg in 2003 and Torborg’s replacement was Jack McKeon who led the team to the World Series. However, the team hasn’t made it to the postseason since.