You know what makes for a great relationship? Communication.
Apparently Jeffrey Loria and the Marlins don’t get that and would lose out on their Valentine: Bobby V, baby, Bobby V.
In what has been probably the most convoluted and confusing situation of any managerial hiring process, or hiring process, Bobby Valentine shed some light on the situation. In fact, it seems that he is still in the hunt to be the Marlins’ next skipper because he was never told he wasn’t.
That is the problem – Valentine was never informed that he was out of the running and the Marlins’ made a decision:
“I didn’t mean for [my words] to be harsh,” Valentine said on Chris Russo’s show on Sirius XM’s “Mad Dog Radio” Thursday. “I just meant for them to be honest. It’s a tough process once you start getting down to a situation. We never negotiated anything and, you know, I just feel when you’re 60 years old — I know Jeffrey [Loria], I’ve known him for 25 years — I just felt that being left in the dark isn’t quite the way to allow things to move forward, but I think it’s a good situation.”
He seems to be back-peddling a bit, endorsing the Marlins’ move a bit by saying that an in-season move is difficult to make. “As I told them right from the start, someone from the outside moving in in midseason I don’t believe is a good idea,” Valentine said. “I don’t think you can train coaches and train players to think and do what you’re expecting on the run. That’s what spring training is for. And Edwin Rodriguez has had these guys in the minor leagues. He knows the spring training process, what that organizational philosophy is. So, you know, that was a good move. If, in fact, they had to change Fredi [Gonzalez] I would think that’s probably the right way to go.”
Valentine also cited the difficulties of hiring a new manager based on the mandated hiring process. “The in-season stuff where you have all the rules and regulations that are set forth, rightfully so, I guess, by the commissioner that you have to interview so many different types of people from in and outside your organization before you’re allowed to hire a person you want to, it’s a pretty tough process.”
According to Juan C. Rodriguez, the Marlins may have gotten annoyed by Valentine’s behavior during the hiring process. Immediately after Gonzalez was fired, Valentine was pretty actively promoting his next move. So, the Marlins will ride out the season with Edwin Rodriguez and re-evaluate their candidates at season’s end most likely. It seems the only thing to come out of Gonzalez’s firing isB to make an immediate change, which doesn’t necessarily translate into success.