In the backdrop of the latest marketing sensation, the vuvuzela give out, comes even more noise from the Fish – Fredi Gonzalez is out as manager in the middle of his 4th season. But the brass didn’t end there, they also let Carlos Tosca and hitting “coach” Jim Presley go (hey MarlinAddict, you happy about that?). Why now in midseason?
A quote from Jeffrey Loria, according to the Palm Beach Post: “We believe we can do better and be better. We owe it to our fans to put this team in the best possible position to win. Everyone knows how I feel about winning. That’s the reason we’re making this change. We still have a very long season in front of us, and plenty of time to turn things around.”
So, how are the Marlins planning on turning this thing around? They are promoting AAA skipper Edwin Rodriguez for the interim. Fredi Gonzalez was 276-279 with his hometown club. He was always a solid, but never showed himself to have the quality of a top-tier manager. He always relied on Carlos Tosca and would make questionable decisions from time to time. Hitting coach Jim Presley kept his position seemingly without any real scrutiny despite the consistency of his hitters to strike out. Fredi Gonzalez didn’t put himself in the best position to win from time to time, but definitely displayed himself to be a loyal manager and an easy personality to get along with.
Still, in the end, with a 34-36 record, this team is under performing in regards to where Gonzalez had his team the previous two seasons. The question is, will a change make the difference? And what is Rodriguez’s new role? Will he coach the team for the remainder of the season or will there be another change. What candidates are out there? And, more importantly, was this about appeasing grumbling players? Was the Fred losing his team?