Will Being Rejected by Valentine and Guillen Force Marlins To Target Joe Torre?
Let's sum up all the Marlins managerial efforts thus far in words that can closely resemble their tries: Ozzie Guillen please leave the White Sox! Nope! Bobby Valentine we're so sorry please reconsider our offer and manage the fish? Sorry! At this rate consider the Florida Marlins managerial search to be in a 0-2 count, bases loaded and being down by three runs in the ninth inning with two outs.
The Marlins have swung and missed at a pair of big names (fastballs) and haven't been close at all to getting a manager to their liking.
So what's next? The alternate candidates of former Marlin infield coach Bo Porter, Atlanta Braves scout Jim Fregosi, New York Yankees bench coach Tony Pena and of course Edwin Rodriguez.
Yet not one of those names seems to bring the description the Marlins have wanted from the very beginning of their search, which is a winning manager with experience and a commanding attitude kind of like a drill sergeant lite who can motivate a ballclub even in tough times.
None of the above names match that description completely, so what are the Marlins to do next?
No outsider knows for certain, but if they really wanted to make a splash, they could give it a shot with a man who is supposedly "retired," former Dodgers manager Joe Torre.
It seems like an extreme long shot, and while Joe Torre doesn't match the fiery description the Marlins might seem to demand, he is different in many ways. For starters, Jeffrey Loria can't fire the guy, firing a 70-year-old man with a managerial expiration date around the corner would definitely make Loria a fool, something he can't afford in the public eye with a new era rolling soon for the franchise. Second, Joe Torre managed to get along with a clubhouse ego in Manny Ramirez while in Los Angeles and he can surely do it with another Ramirez, in Hanley.
If what Jeffrey Loria really wants is a big name in order to make a big splash in the Major League ocean, if you will, Joe Torre is the only other big fish left in order to be able to accomplish that goal.
In my opinion, if it didn't work well with first year managers who the Marlins hired in Joe Girardi and Fredi Gonzalez, why would you go there a third time in a row and risk turning into George Steinbrenner for a day where you get real angry when the team is on a losing streak and go ahead and fire your manager?
It shouldn't and wouldn't get to the point with Joe Torre, proud owner of four World Series rings with the New York Yankees (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000). Let's also consider this strong fact. When Torre took over the Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers in a full 162 game schedule, he took them to the playoffs in his first season as a division winner, something the Marlins have yet to do despite winning World Series championships in 1997 and 2003 when they were a wild card team.
Let's face it, any other choice for a manager won't satisfy the fans because it will either be another promising young mind who is going to get wrongfully fired or won't draw the attention to a team who desperately needs it because it's not a household name.
Fans these days are talking about the Miami Heat or Miami Dolphins more often than the Marlins. Whenever there is a Heat game or Dolphins game, there is always a status update about it on Facebook or Twitter, not so with the Marlins. Heck, a new stadium will only be good for as long as they are a contending team and that's if they spend money.
The emergency option of Jeffrey Loria is to take a chance and entice Joe Torre to manage the Florida Marlins heading into to their new stadium. Everyone knows baseball, knows who Joe Torre is and if the they needed any attention drawn to them this would be the smart choice even over Valentine and Guillen.
The Marlins have the talent but it takes a good manager to get a ballclub rolling and I see no better option out there for the Marlins who are still undergoing the most difficult search for manager in franchise history.
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